Turkey’s Government Seeks to Ban Minecraft
One of the most pacifistic games on the market, Minecraft, is facing a ban in Turkey because sometimes you have to kill tiny block animals to survive.
Turkey enforces some pretty strict rules for the Internet as well as what games it lets its citizens play. Minecraft could be the newest victim in Turkey's censorship laws. Eurogamer reports that Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry has picked one of the least violent games on the market and is accusing it of being too violent. The agency is investigating Minecraft after claims that it causes children to use violence against in-game enemies and animals. There was also another report that accused Minecraft of causing, "social isolation" in children. While the agency did praise the constructive elements of the game, it's not sure if it wants children playing it due to its "violence." Of course, its developer, Mojang, isn't going to take this lightly.
"Minecraft is enjoyed by many players in a wide variety of ways," a Mojang representative stated.
The representative went on to explain that there are many different reasons that people love Minecraft, and most of those reasons don't include some kind of twisted joy you could possibly feel from killing in-game animals and enemies. Plus, Minecraft encourages players to cooperate with each other in order to get the best results, which is a great lesson for children to learn.
"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," the Mojang rep added. "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."
This recent interest in Minecraft is not surprising as Turkey has enforced strict rules on its Internet access. Among the list of 670,000 websites that Turkey has banned include Richard Dawkins' webpage, 4chan and Wikipedia articles on human genitalia. YouTube frequently goes back and forth in Turkey between being allowed or banned.
For now, nothing is set in stone, but it will be interesting to see what becomes of this investigation of Minecraft.
They probably heard about those sweet mods: