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Turkish Ministry calls for Minecraft ban

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Minecraft is all about expressing your creativity. Whatever you see in your minds’ eye can be created in blocky awesomeness in the game. However, if all your minds’ eye can see is violence, I suppose you’ll see that, too, just like a Turkish ministry did.

According to Kotaku, the Turkish ministry for Family and Social Policies has sent a report to the legal affairs department seeking a ban against Minecraft. It will be up to the Turkish courts to decide if a ban is necessary or legal, but the report gets pretty bizarre rather quickly.

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.

It even goes so far as saying that children who play Minecraft will begin torturing animals because they will be oblivious to pain they would be inflicting. Plus, Minecraft would cause “social isolation”, and at the same time somehow cause online internet bullying.

It all seems rather ridiculous, and it would be a major precedent as Minecraft has never been banned in any country. Could we see other countries follow suit? I always find it funny and interesting when such innocuous forms of media come under such extreme scrutiny. Minecraft isn’t used for violence by children – there are plenty of other ways for them to express violent tendencies. I think this report says much more about the people who commissioned it than about the game itself.

Last Updated: March 10, 2015


  1. Ghost In The Rift

    March 10, 2015 at 21:27

    Hmmm, seems like they don’t know there own history..:/


    • Admiral Chief

      March 11, 2015 at 07:45




      • Ghost In The Rift

        March 11, 2015 at 20:52



  2. Johan Prins Jr

    March 10, 2015 at 22:07

    Kind of makes me feel better about South Africa. At least now we know it could be worse. We could be in Turkey. πŸ˜›


  3. Rhys Nolan Evans

    March 10, 2015 at 23:35

    Sounds as though this ‘Turkish ministry for Family and Social Policies’ went to the UK on holiday and picked up a very special disease..


  4. Spy Master Tokashi

    March 11, 2015 at 06:45

    Says the Turks who built that country on violence, hypocrites …


  5. Grimthwacker

    March 11, 2015 at 06:57

    Tetris better watch out in Turkey… kids could start throwing furniture out their home windows…..


  6. Hammersteyn

    March 11, 2015 at 07:38

    • Admiral Chief

      March 11, 2015 at 07:46

      Only today?



      • Hammersteyn

        March 11, 2015 at 08:04



  7. Norm

    March 11, 2015 at 10:39

    So basically Turkey must ban every possible online game (potential online bullying) or every possible game that isn’t based on rainbow shitting unicorns of awesomeness. Have they banned Angry Birds yet?


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