At least that’s what the Turkish government believes.
The popular video game phenomenon with over 100 million users – and no depiction of blood – is currently under investigation by Turkish authorities for being “too violent.”
Turkey’s Family and Social Planning Minister Aysenur Islam ordered this investigation after a reporter voiced his concerns regarding the nature of the game. He believes that the game promotes violence as points are rewarded to players for killing the villagers in the game with a purple sword.
“[We] will examine the game and see if there is an element of violence,” said Islam, adding that the investigation could result in a nationwide ban.
This game has been classified suitable for children older than 7 in Europe and older than 10 in the United States and is perhaps one of the least violent video games.
“Thinking of investigating Minecraft for being violent is the equivalent of ordering an investigation into violent Lego playing,” explained Dr. Andrew Przybylski, an experimental psychologist from the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University.
He further said that the “truly violent video games are ones that set you up against violent people.”
The investigation is currently underway, and if the verdict goes against Minecraft then one can only imagine the future of games like Halo and Call of Duty in the country.