Re: Direct Game
That's more of an insult and not a neg (the way you said it). But you don't need to neg with direct day game in order to calibrate. Most women don't have their Bitch Shield on code red during the day, so you can just walk up and display direct interest with decent success. My formula for a direct day opener is this:
Implied FTC + Ambiguous Compliment + Introduction
So something to the effect of:
"Well I'm definitely going to be late for my meeting now, but I had no choice but to stop you because you radiate the most enchanting aura. Hi I'm TheDuke."
Each part of this equation has a very specific purpose. First, the implied FTC makes it clear that you're not going to just hangout and irritate her all day and also shows that you value you her enough to take a minute out of your BUSY day.
Second, the ambiguous compliment acts as bait. What the fuck do I mean by "aura"? Truthfully, I have no idea and I hope she has no idea either. That way she can take the bait and ask what you mean.
Finally, the introduction serves to fill the awkward gap that inevitably occurs when someone (especially a stranger) pays you a compliment.
Following the introduction you have to make sure you stack with something else right away. Get an opinion on something. Ask about something she is wearing. Comment on something. Etc.
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."