It looks like "game" has become mandatory, and it saddens me greatly. I'd like to hear women's opinions.
I'm a typical nerdy guy, zero luck as you'd expect. I've read through a lot of advice, all around from pua shit to more traditional and softer ones that openly claim to distance themselves from the toxic pua attitudes. The thing is, they all have common threads. They all present some of the same manipulation techniques, some of the same psychological triggers, same advice in different words.
It's as if I want to get a girl in today's society, I have to play the game too. Without manipulation, "just being myself", I won't even get my foot in the door, with 80 men next to me using those techniques appearing much more attractive, valuable, sexy.
Now, I'm not claiming I'm hot shit, or even a Nice Guy (tm). Having read up on those things, I now notice people using them. They're not without grounds, some of them have been verified by science. It makes me awfully sad that I now have to wear that same mask, play that same game, play on girls' feelings like they do, just to be on equal footing, just to get a chance.