I sometimes think that people involved in "games for change" are completely fucking insane. Debt Ski is a case in point. Funded by the Peter C. Peterson Foundation, a conservative non-profit with a particular bug about the federal deficit, Debt Ski is supposed to teach "young folks" (thus launched together with MTVu) the merits of fiscal responsibility.
Here's how! It's a sidescroller! You're a little piggy bank on a jet ski! Collect coins, avoid "debt tsunamis", and collect just enough "necessity" powerups to sustain your lifestyle and no more, or you lose money! Also, consumer goods float down from the sky on parachutes -- getting them increases your "happiness," but costs you money.
Consumer goods increase my happiness? Oh really?
So let's take this from the perspective of a gamer. Okay, platformer, coins good, lifestyle shit good only until I hit my limit, avoid everything else, unless you want to go for the optional "happiness" score. Only, you know, it's kind of dull -- not challenging, indifferent level design, nothing really interesting here.
But it teaches you fiscal responsibility!