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Minecraft could be banned in Turkey

Last month it was reported that the Turkish ministry has begun investigating Minecraft, deeming it as potentially ‘too violent’. The results of the investigation have now been revealed and it turns out that the Turkish Social Policies Ministry does want Minecraft banned.

Turkish sites, Hürriyet Daily News and LeaderGamer (Via Kotaku), have reported that the Family and Social Policies Ministry is gunning for a Minecraft ban and the investigation has been forwarded on to the legal affairs department, along with instructions on how to put the ban in place.

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Ultimately, the decision to ban Minecraft will be made by the courts. Apparently, the ministry is worried that children will confuse the real world with the virtual one and may even resort to torturing animals, without noticing that they could be inflicting pain. There are also concerns that Minecraft will cause ‘social isolation’ and lead to cyber bullying.

Initially Turkey’s investigation in to Minecraft was based around the idea of promoting violence towards women, despite the fact that most mobs in the game are in-fact genderless.

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KitGuru Says: Minecraft is popular with the younger crowd and it does have some combat mechanics, but the idea that the game actively promotes violent tendencies in children is hard to believe. It will be interesting to see how far this ban gets. What do you guys make of this? Is Minecraft bad for children?

 

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