Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was at Oxford when game theory was the rage. Look where he is now. And the smart money is betting that he will hold on to his power, despite being already 82. Since he recently divorced, he is also one of the most eligible bachelors in Manhattan.
Noble Prize winner John Nash brought the concept of game theory mainstream. Essentially, when we leverage game theory we plan our moves based on what we calculate other players will do. No, never, do we formulate strategy in isolation. When applying for a job or pitching for new business we struggle to figure out how the competition will present itself.
So, given the track record for game theory, the most damning thing folks can say about you (and it will be behind your back) is that you "played it wrong." Frequently that is what we say to ourselves (in private) when we experience a setback or even lackluster results. Since there will always be those with more money, influence and power than we have, the one metric we can take refuge in is how well we played our little game. That's exactly why we feel so foolish when we fail. We, you got it, played it wrong.
Most of us take great comfort and joy in observing the bad moves our competitors and enemies make. That's our private SuperBowl.