Reply To: After second date.
The only time you don’t need game is if the girl is more into you than you are into here from the start.
When it comes to cold approaching, you need some kind of game if you want to improve your odds. The style of conversation you might have with a girl who you meet through a friend in a normal social situations does nothing for you in a cold approach situation. Girls just get bored immediately. They WANT you to be exciting, bold, different. And that’s where you need game.
YMMV but that’s my personal experience.