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What if the seduction is sincere?
Maxim #1: Game is learned charisma, streamlined seduction. Game is as sincere as its practitioner’s intent.
Game is the honest presentation of an idea, a thought, a suggestion in a way that makes it likely to be believed by the object of desire. If game is manipulation, or cheating, then so is all art, for which the object of desire is the viewer’s or listener’s engagement with its message. Do you really believe art is cheating?