Turkey wants to ban Minecraft for being 'too violent'

Minecraft is being deemed too violent by the Turkish ministry, and as a result, the region is looking to ban the game.


Can you imagine a world where a game like Minecraft should be banned? Neither can I, but that’s precisely what the Turkish ministry is attempting to do as they claim it to be “too violent.”

Wait, what?

Turkish websites LeaderGamer and Hurriyet Daily News (via BBC) report Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry is calling for Minecraft to be banned. The decision whether or not to band Minecraft is currently in the hands of the Turkish courts as the ministry has submitted their report of the game being too violent to the legal affairs department, as well as instructions for the legal process to begin the ban.

A portion of the report was said to say, "Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence."

As a result, the ministry feels Minecraft could lead children to confuse the game world and reality, possibly even going as far as torturing animals without knowing what kind of pain they’re causing the creature.

I understand there are cultural differences around the world, but claiming Minecraft is "too" violent is just absurd. A great majority of video games have some kind of violence fueling them. Even a game as simple of Super Mario Bros. is extremely violent. The Turkish ministry just needs to have more faith in its people, especially its children, to know the difference between real life and a virtual world.

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    March 10, 2015 8:13 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Turkey wants to ban Minecraft for being 'too violent'

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      March 10, 2015 8:22 AM

      That would make just about every video game out there "too violent" that doesn't have Barbie or My Little Pony in it. I'm guessing there's more a political/religious reason for this ban.

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      March 10, 2015 8:29 AM

      I don't even... Maybe creepers are considered too realistic?

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      March 10, 2015 8:48 AM

      It's not about violence. They have lots of that over there. This is about Turkey's movement toward becoming a regional power and trying to clamp down on things that they feel dilutes their culture, which is pretty much anything not from there. This kind of thing will only get worse and will expand into indirect military confrontation with other NATO allies as well. It's a symptom of a much, much larger power as Turkey fills the void of failed Islamic countries in the region. At some point in the next 20 years, Turkey and the US are going to butt heads, big time.

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      March 10, 2015 12:22 PM

      Ironically, Taleworlds, the developers of Mount and Blade are their star software company.

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      March 10, 2015 4:27 PM

      @momsagainstgam are pumping their fists in the air

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