Minecraft ban in Turkey

Mojang responds to demands for Minecraft ban in Turkey

Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies is calling for a ban on Minecraft following an investigation by its Children Services General Directorate that concluded “the game is based on violence.” The Hurriyet Daily News said the report warned that children could confuse the game world with the real one, leading to increased violent behavior including the torture of animals, and could also result in “social isolation” and greater exposure to online bullying and abuse.

In response to the proposed ban, a Mojang representative told GamesBeat that “Minecraft is enjoyed by many players in a wide variety of ways,” and that while killing mobs is a normal part of the game, it’s not actually a necessary one.
“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 actually big on banning games, but Minecraft is a potential exception because the government views it as exclusively for children. The ban would likely be enforced by blocking the Minecraft.net domain, and Turkey does actually have a history of blocking websites its government deems offensive: It has already dropped the hammer on more than 67,000 of them, according to the GamesBeat report, including 4chan, RichardDawkins.net, and various Wikipedia entries on the naughty bits of human anatomy. Andy Chalk
Mar 10, 2015

In my opinion this is just ludicrous. Not to mention the animals that are being killed in the game are nothing more than pixels with hardly to no blood, gore or any violent visuals for that matter. I agree with Mojang, Minecraft is a place where people can express their creativity and also help kids especially, to grow mentally. I can go on and on about how I am totally against this but I feel it’s not even worth the effort. Why Turkey? Just Why?

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Uhm… those pixels must be uber realistic for children to confuse them with real life O.o
I disagree with this action. Banning THIS game from the country is ridiculous. If Turkey thinks that all “children” have murderous tendencies, why not ban the really violent games that they are no doubt playing? For example, GTA. Because that game is a bit more realistic and a lot less “pixelly”.

I think it should be at the Turkish parents’ discretion to ban their children from games that they feel will impact their kids lives in a negative way. Babysitting is not the government’s job. Also, what about the impact this will have on adults who play Minecraft? I’m sure Turkey comprises of many children, but I think there are adults too, and there’s no doubt that they are not going to be happy about this change.

No disrespect to Turkey, of course. Just voicing my opinion on this matter :relaxed:

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If that’s to be taken seriously then what Turkish officials are basically announcing is one their children are idiots, two their parents do not take an active role in parenting their children and thirdly, their school system fails at teaching children.

Honestly, I’m not 100% believing all that, Tureky is definitely becoming more draconian recently, we’ve all seen the protest, many people disagree with the Turkish government who are clearly terrified of loosing their power. This is not how you join the EU Turkey!

Last time I check Call of Duty was massively popular in the console playing demographic especially with yougesters. Better not ban a game which actively encourages mass murder of “human” pixels.

Just another government showing their complete ineptitude at understanding the modern world, fine looks like they will go the way the dinosaurs went.

And good luck banning a game that has possibly millions of servers across the globe.

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