After an investigation conducted by Turkey’s Children Services General Directorate, the country is prepared to issue a ban against the sale of Minecraft within its borders.
For the uninitiated (ed. note: no one on this planet), Minecraft, created by Mojang Studios (and primarily its founder, Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson), is a game that involves chipping away various types of blocks that form an infinitely massive 3D world, and then using these blocks to build things. These blocks include things such as wood (from trees), sand, gravel, stone, and dirt, amongst other things, and the primary goal of the game is survival and exploration; a day/night cycle requires that players find or build shelter before nightfall, or be forced to fight various monsters that come out when the sun goes down.
“But I’m too young to die!!”
The game, a worldwide phenomenon, is played by almost 28 million people (or more than the population of 153 individual countries, and just below half of Turkey’s population) across PC, Mac, Xbox, Playstation, and iDevices.
Importantly, success in the game is not predicated on the use of violence to achieve an end goal, but rather on the players’ own ambitions and creativity.
In a statement released by Mojang, and published on PCGamer.com, a representative for the company has said the following:
“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.”
Meanwhile, a cursory Google search will yield no results regarding any kind of ban of Grand Theft Auto 5 in the country, one of the most violent, controversial, and widely banned video games of all time.
Minecraft’s ban-status will be reviewed by courts and decided upon in the near future, so get your fill of Turkish Minecraft while you can.
OK. Not Ok.
What’s next, Turkey – knitting the World’s Largest Sweater?
Oh, wait, you already did that.