Turkish ministry: Minecraft should be banned

A Turkish ministry concludes after an investigation that Minecraft incites children to violence and should therefore be banned. Microsoft’s game would also lead to social isolation among children.

The ministry of ‘family and social policy’ has told authorities in the country to ban Minecraft, Turkey’s Hurriyet Dailynews writes. The ministry had ordered an investigation into the influence of Minecraft on children. The outcome of the research is that while the game can stimulate creativity in children, certain ‘creatures must be killed to protect the built houses and bridges’.

In addition, some children would no longer be able to keep the physical and game world apart and think, for example, that abuse does not hurt animals. Minecraft would also lead to social isolation, where the children also run the risk of abuse and bullying. The Turkish ministry has started legal proceedings for a ban, but a court has yet to decide on this.