Two reports claim that the government of Turkey could soon ban Minecraft in that country for being too violent. The popular game, now owned by Microsoft is being accused of being a bad influence on children, according to a study commissioned by the country's Family and Social Policies Ministry.
The Turkish websites Hürriyet Daily News and LeaderGamer both report that, according to the study's final result, Minecraft's main gameplay features are overshadowed by other aspects. It states:
"Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence."
The study claims that children who play Minecraft might start harming real animals after having to deal with the highly pixelated creatures in the game. The study also fears that the game could encourage social isolation or even Internet bullying.
The ministry's report has since been sent to the country's legal affairs department, so that the process can begin to ban Minecraft in Turkey. There's no word yet if Microsoft would challenge such a ban in court if it is put in place. The government has previously banned access to Internet services such as YouTube and Twitter.