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UPDATE: In an interview with The Christian Science Monitor, Turkish diplomat Faith Oke said, “A ban is quite out of the question. There will be no ban… the Family and Social Policy Ministry does not have that kind of authority to ban any product.” Oke goes onto say that the Family and Social Policy Ministry’s function is to “raise awareness. ”

A month ago we reported that Minecraft was under investigation in Turkey by the Family and Social Policies Ministry. That report is now completed, and according to Hurriyet Daily News, the Family and Social Policies Ministry has come to the conclusion that authorities should ban Minecraft because it “encourages children to resort to violence.” Their recommendation may lead to Minecraft banned in Turkey.

Quoting Habertürk (another Turkish news site), who summarized some of the reports points, says “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.”

In other words, the Family and Social Policies Ministry is arguing that Minecraft conditions children to resort to violence when they want to achieve their goals. Now,  those of us familiar with Minecraft know that is not necessarily the case as there is a Creative Mode where you needn’t interact with/kill anything.

A Mojang spokesperson says as much when speaking to Gamesbeat, “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.” And before that quote the spokesperson says that Minecraft can be played many ways and that it encourages friends to cooperate with one another to achieve their goals.

Though for Minecraft to be banned in Turkey, the Family and Social Policies Ministry will first have to file a complaint and send it to court. That has not yet happened, but we will all be waiting that court date. And, as many others have said, if the court agrees with the Family and Social Policies Ministry, Turkey would be the first country to ban Minecraft.

It is also worth noting that the Family of Social Policies Ministry insists that Minecraft is exclusively for children, which is why they believe they have a right to investigate and give their recommendation on it.

Will this lead to Minecraft banned in Turkey? Could this cause a ripple effect, leading other countries to similar conclusions? Is the Family and Social Policies Ministry right in their estimation, including their conclusion that Minecraft is exclusively for children?

Andrew Otton

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  • Cy

    Yeah because Minecraft is going to do so much damage to the moral fiber of a country where honor killings are still a thing.

  • Just this

  • 33

    This is hilarious.

  • SevTheBear

    For fuck sake Turkey

  • Domhnall

    They should make a new edition of Minecraft: Turkey Edition. No multiplayer and online disabled. All attacks are disabled so you can’t hit anything. You can’t kill livestock, and every time you even look at them they play the sound effect of a grown man crying. You are not allowed to build anything, lest you be tempted to craft a tower to reach heaven and oust Allah from his throne.

    And it’s available for free so that kids are not tempted to steal their parents’ credit cards.

  • yacrest

    Yes because in a country where rape and honor killings are weekend entertainment, Minecraft could cause so much damage.

  • Misogynerd

    If Minecraft encourages violence, then Turkish Star Wars, the Bible, The Koran and Topkek commercials encourage violence, why haven’t you banned those?

  • ArsCortica

    Now they have completely lost it. I mean, they have violent street riots, a semi-autocratic president that is a tad overly fond of religion, and several warzones right at the doorstep, but hey, better ban Minecraft.