Mexican Standoff

A Mexican standoff is most precisely a confrontation among three opponents. The tactics for such a confrontation are substantially different than for a duel, where the first to shoot has the advantage. In a confrontation among three mutually hostile participants, the first to shoot is at a tactical disadvantage. If opponent A shoots opponent B, then while so occupied, opponent C can shoot A, thus winning the conflict. Since it is the second opponent to shoot that has the advantage, no one wants to go first.

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... The ending of the video game Call of Juarez The Cartel features the protagonists engaging in a Mexican stand-off ... This then leaves the player(s) to decide whether or not to kill their teammates ...

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