If nerds can industrialize Game in a single generation, then they can industrialize Frame in a practical amount of time. That’s what I’m gonna call the general theory of which Game must be a subtheory: “Frame”. The verb follows the example of Game—a Frame practitioner “Frames” their subject and engages in “Framing”.
This is an overly reductionist theory, or what I think of as a “naive” theory which is created for the purpose of further expansion. So, the idea is not to be exactly correct on the first try, but to make a start so as to more obviously see what’s wrong with it, complain, and then refactor to cover more cases.
A normal human brain is wired to recite social scripts to maximize one’s allocation of the commonweal. This evolves from chimp sociology: high-status group members get a bigger slice of the pie. However, human sociology is more abstract in that it includes “classes” of people, which combine to produce a person’s socioeconomic value. Socioeconomic value can be well-approximated by the product of a person’s political influence, net worth, and SMV. That is,
If an interaction is in-group, 80% of the time the esoteric meaning of the social scripts is contained in the following: “You should perceive me as a Good Type of person. You should not perceive me as a Bad Type of person. The Good Type is superior to the Bad Type because the members of the Good Type are moral, intelligent, tall, attractive, and are victims because they deserve more than what they’re currently getting, whereas the members of the Bad Type are sickly, ugly, contemptible, and all-in-all have it better than they really deserve.”
More abstractly, and more precisely:
I am in identity class A.
I am not in identity class B.
A is receiving fewer resources than they deserve.
B is receiving more resources than they deserve.
(Implied: Therefore, I deserve more resources.)
Example of an exoteric expression: “After comparing a broad selection of ancient and modern political philosophers (read: ‘im zmurt’), we are forced to conclude that government administration must be concentrated in the hands of a talented class of natural aristocrats (read: ‘gib da gibs to teh zmurt ppl’).”
Whether a person spends the majority of their time and energy convincing others of his class identities, or himself, depends on personality.
Next step is to critique this in order to generalize further. For instance, it’s pretty clear that when early teenagers practice socializing they are only practicing their status signalling, similar to when lion cubs play fight with each other, because these interactions have negligible power to acquire resources. Also, this only accounts for the “competitor” strategy in CSR theory (virtue signalling), but there are other sorts of signalling. Other resources that white people seek when they have a resource-abundance mindset are A) a feeling of self-righteousness and B) a feeling of ethical certainty/purpose (see here).
I bid thee complain about the inadequacies of this theory!