I guess Minecraft is even bad for children now in some places. Well at least that’s what Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies believes as they have called for a ban on the game after an investigation by its Children Services General Directorate. Their investigation has told them that “the game is based on violence” and not creativity as most of us thought.
The Hurriyet Daily News states the report explains how Minecraft could confuse children into thinking the game world is the same as the real world and lead to violent behavior including torturing animals, and could cause children into a “social isolation.” It also mentions how children would be exposed to more bullying and abuse through the online social interaction of the game.
In response to these claims a Mojang represented made a statement to GamesBeat saying “Minecraft is enjoyed by many players in a wide variety of ways,” and says killing mobs in the game is a mechanic but not one that you have to participate in.
“Many enjoy the creative freedom that’s presented by Minecraft and its tools, some are more interested by the opportunity to explore a landscape without boundaries and to go on exciting adventures with friends. We encourage players to cooperate in order to succeed, whether they’re building, exploring, or adventuring,” the rep said. “The world of Minecraft can be a dangerous place: it’s inhabited by scary, genderless monsters that come out at night. It might be necessary to defend against them to survive. If people find this level of fantasy conflict upsetting, we would encourage them to play in Creative Mode, or to enable the Peaceful setting. Both of these options will prevent monsters from appearing in the world.”
Turkey isn’t usually one of the countries that bans games on a regular basis either. It would seem this is a special case due to the fact that the Turkish government views this game as being solely for children. One thing they are in the habit of banning however is websites they deem offensive with over 67,000 already banned including RichardDawkins.net, 4chan, and a slew of Wikipedia entries involving the reproductive system. Blocking Minecraft.net wouldn’t be far off the mark.
The Family and Social Policies Ministry is expected to file the request for a ban soon and then the court will decided if they want to take that action or not. Seeing as they already are working on the misinformation that Minecraft is only for children, this very well could happen.