I don't agree with mind games.. but I haven't seen too many examples offered up in this thread that I would constitute as real mindgames. I do agree that when initially meeting someone.. it it is very self preserving to keep some degree of psychological distance. But don't take it too far.
When i was younger, I played terrible mindgames of the likes of the OP. My BestFriend, an ISFJ could never understand why i did this when we'd meet guys. We'd actually fight about it, but I'd usually win by strategically manipulating her to follow my plans, and Ya i now realize how rotten that is. If we made plans to hang out with guys.. I'd make sure that we hit 2-3 parties before meeting up with them. We'd often be very late. While we were at these other parties, if I saw my ISFJ bf texting in a corner texting them I'd take her phone.. and tell her to enjoy the moment and quit putting all her eggs in one basket. She couldn't understand my strategy. She felt that if you like someone the LAST thing you want to do is create doubt, and ya know what.. she is right. I lost one of my very best relations with an INTJ because I played too many games, kept too much psychological distance, pushed the "I dont need you card" too far. I created so much doubt in him that he couldnt bear it. When I realized how far I'd taken it.. I couldnt un-do it either. No matter how much I tried to convince him of how important he was, he couldn't overcome what he'd already seen, the seed was planted.
Also, someone mentioned that they feel a deeper intimacy with friends.. and I have seen this ALOT! It's not just younger people. Infact, everyone one of my best freinds is married or in LT relations (all 29-33) Out of the 8 of them.. only 2 other friends have what I'd call a more emotionally intimate connection to their SO. Isn't that crazy! And ya, I believe most of them are still very satisfied with their relations. They would still loyally pick their SO over us girls. Fact is, there will always be things that your best bud is going to understand over your man. Simple things.. like how waking up in the morning with a boner in the back doesn't cut it, and that you might need a bit more attention. Or how scary it is when your 9 months prego and yoru mucus plug falls out in the tub, or how shitty you feel on your cycle, etc. There are alot of ways women can bond that men fall short. But that would be a whole different thread.