It seems clear at this point that the most interesting part of gaming (for most people) is the re-creation of the tribal environment. Small group of people band together, cooperate, achieve a goal.
So far, it seems that the games TEND to be highly themed towards either fantasy (most MMOs), War (most FPS's), or semi-fantasy (Eve Online, City of Heroes).
There are also a number of games (Sims, SecondLife) that give one a social environment, but goal-less.
Given my theory that the primary means by which men bond is to have a goal, and work together to accomplish it...why are there not other games/online activities that promote group problem-solving. Indeed, I'd think that management/team consulting could use this kind of thing to great effect.
Maybe the army is doing something with that? Or maybe I'm not the only one who is having trouble seeing what a cooperative team-based group game that is not war/fantasy/fight-based looks like.
I have a smart commentariat. Thoughts?