Turkish Family Ministry Wants To Ban Minecraft Because It Makes Children Violent
Turkish Family and Social Policies Ministry, after investigating the gameplay of popular block building game by the name of Minecraft, is moving for a complete ban on the game. The rationale behind this decision is that Minecraft encourages children to adopt violent behavior when they are up against enemies or animals. The report also further claims that excessive engagement with the game exposes kids to “social isolation”.
The ministry is very determined about the ban and has even started legal proceedings by petitioning the law department of the government to enforce the ban. This doesn’t come as something new because the government is well-known for blocking off anything that it finds offensive. Similar cases include the blocking of image sharing board 4Chan, website of Richard Dawkins and occasionally YouTube as well.
But then again, with a state like Turkey this comes as a surprise to many. Because the country itself has a buzzing mobile-gaming market with revenues going beyond $500 million. Most of the game-playing happens online in Internet-cafes as well as through the gaming consoles.
Minecraft, on the other hand, is gaining massive popularity across the globe and after its $ 2.5 million acquisition by Microsoft it has become better anyways. The constructive element of the game is loved by kids all over. The story-line, the new methods to learn different things like how game components like red-stone works or how to build a canon really adds to the game’s popularity.
A spokesperson from Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, is reported to have said:
Minecraft is enjoyed by many players in a wide variety of ways, 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 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.
Despite their approval of the creative aspects of the game, the ministry officials refer to killing of hostile creatures in order to protect their own, as against to the Peaceful and Creative Modes of game marketed by Microsoft. It insists that the game is “based on violence, and that is an issue for the family ministry because they view Minecraft as exclusively for children.”
This move can be seen as part of the country’s slight shift towards the religious right as they have already blocked 67,000 websites not complying with their own values. This also includes the government disallowing students to watch the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.
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