We can readily admit that Minecraft may not be the most peaceful of games. From the start, you’re chopping up zombies, sniping skeletons, and blowing up creepers with abandon. But is it really enough to get the game banned?
The Turkish Families and Social Policies Ministry certainly thinks so. It has just finished a month-long investigation into whether the game should be banned on the grounds that it is “too violent”. The Ministry is now submitting their report to the government’s legal affairs department. It is now up to the Turkish courts to decide whether a ban on the sandbox game should be implemented in the country.
“Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence.” — Ministry of Family and Social Policies (Turkey)
The report states that the ministry is worried that children who have played the game will start harming real-life animals or become socially isolated (or even bullied in the game’s online mode).
What do you think? Is this an overreaction to a simple video game? Is Minecraft too violent for young children? Let us know what you think below!