Your article describing the popularity of survival games depicts enthusiasts motivated by the promise of team competition, stress-reduction, and control over people and things. A close look at the nature of the games, however, forces us to ask ourselves just how harmless they really are.
Because it is based in fantasy, doesn't air-gun combat actually heighten the numbing of participants to the horrifying realities of violence and war? Doesn't it actually enhance the illusion that, in a nuclear world, we can continue to war and survive?
What message do these games convey to our children? That it is fun to hunt down and kill other human beings? That we yearn for and even seek out a pre-nuclear fantasy world that no longer exists?
What message do these games convey to the rest of the world? Do they support a view commonly held by people of other countries that violence is an integral part of American culture?