So I've noticed that there's been some talk on here about Direct vs. Indirect Game, when to use which, and a lot of it has been about the use of negs. In a recent post, a comment from Cody said:
Rather, I prefer doing it in a playful way. For example, the other day I was texting a girl and we were talking about cars. The important part went as follows:
HB: Yes!! haha. I love imports. But I'm more into form rather than function.
Me: Oh so you don't care about the environment? :P
HB: Whaaat?! Of course I do! I drive a Mazda 3, 40 mpg. Stance doesn't hurt the environment.
While I did use the general concept of a neg, I did it in a way that isn't really insulting. She could tell that I was joking (through the use of a smiley since it was in a text, in person it would have been done with a playful smile and a touch/slight push on the shoulder). However, she stilled did the qualifying by saying she does care about the environment and how her car gets so many MPG.
I've been using this technique for a while now and have always gotten positive results. I have never fully tried Mystery's way of negging by putting down someone as that is not my style and I don't feel comfortable with that. However, I do like to still employ negs, just in a much more playful and joking manner.
Well, that's my opinion of negs. Feel free to critique it and help to perfect it!