^I did not get the impression harimoto did that bad. Manipulating the heart means you take control of a persons emotions. In a extreme case, it can be a form of brainwashing which results in relentless obsessive fanaticism. Manipulating emotions means manipulating the not necessarily so rational part of a person. Akiyama and yokoya make their decisions based on logic, they plans are very carefully prepared and executed timely (granted akiyama gives nao enough free reign to work her charm on other players). Basically, akiyama's and yokoya's plans require a reading of the actual flow of the game and act according to what they believe will happen based on what they have seen. That can be a severe limitation since their plans would be limited to the natural flow of the game. Harimoto does not have that limitation in the least. By controlling the irrational aspect of a person you don't have to observe and predict the flow of the game to make a plan but rather you get the chance to completely determine it. For instance, harimoto did effectively destroy yokoya's team in a second. All he did was use his cute brainless oompa loompa to make yokoya's teammate a tad horny and he had control over him. By doing that, harimoto changed absolutely everything for yokoya. My impression was that harimoto got as far as he could have considering yokoya and akiyama were that much smarter than he was.... Next time akiyama and yokoya could be in some serious trouble if harimoto manages to get control over more players.
My list will be:
1. Contraband game (collision of nearly equal forces provides breathtaking feast of intellect and strategy)
2. Minority rule game (clever and cool; Fukunaga put up a great fight, but just had to succumb to Akiyama's awesomeness)
3. Pandemic game (I liked the idea of a 'virus outbreak' and a 'cure'; it's another showdown between Yokoya and Akiyama, just on a smaller scale; also a nice and tense moment when Yokoya, the picture of politeness, asks Akiyama to contact with him, and you just totally can tell that Akiyama knows he's being duped in some way, but cannot refuse, because the moment he does, Nao's idea of peaceful solution goes down the drain)
I loved 17 Card Stud Poker as I was able to get the winning strategy by myself
Rulewise the minority game was great as it was the most *fair* one where strategy was worth the most