Well, I see play as a sacred part of life, an activity that all mammals engage in as do other life forms on the planet.
It’s the domain of children of all species and as they grow up they continue it but in changed form, which includes such things that game theory likes to touch on such as negotiation, lying, hiding information, leaving false trails, etc.
So when I first encountered game theory I was excited. But then I found myself disappointed at learning about something named after something that I consider a core building block of what makes beings who they become (play, games, etc) and is instead a logic puzzle.
So, for me, with game theory it felt as if too much was stripped away.
But if it’s put in the form of cellular automata, then I appreciate and understand it. Evolutionary modeling and such is fascinating to me and that involves competition and cooperation on a large scale while also being built up on units of competition and/or cooperation.
It may simply be that I don’t understand game theory. That’s the most likely reason for all of my words