I also think that when you play games early on in the relationship and you're in that "will we or won't we?" stage it says that you're comfortable if you lose the game and things don't work out. You don't have much to lose and aren't desperate. When you refuse going to play the games of cat and mouse and openly state them, it reeks of desperation and makes another guy uncomfortable. Thats my take on it though - I'm exactly like you and don't like the games and would prefer guys being straight up without the mind games.
It's funny though - even though the other guy says he likes me - I can't say it back because then he loses interest. It sucks.