I like the idea of bringing about awareness through the use of online games. And I think that satirizing situations can be a very effective way of getting a point across. But I think a line was crossed with the game Operation: Pedopriest on the Molleindustria web site. Even though it is only a cartoon, it actually shows priests sexually abusing children, sounds included. The game fails to inform the gamer of anything. So the church tried to cover up pedophile priests, does this in turn demand that a game be created that provides an audiovisual of this act to inform people of it? Absolutely not.
I was unimpressed by the Molleindustria games in general. I didn't play all of them, but after playing the ones that I did, I know it is impossible to play one of these games for an hour. They may entertain for about five minutes, which is about how long it takes to beat each game, but after that, what more can you do? There is no substance or challenge to these games. In the "Stick it to the Man" article, it is stated that Paulo Pedercini, one of the Molleindustria game designers, believes that game play can be a a good way to let users understand the complexities of economic and social systems. That's a great mission statement, but the games fail to meet this end.