Kotaku are reporting that Turkey might be on the edge of banning Minecraft for being too violent. The Turkish Family and Social Policies Ministry have submitted a report to the courts calling for the game to be banned.
In a story by the Hürriyet Daily News, they reported that the Ministry found:
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.
There were fears that children could get confused about the difference between real life and the game, possibly even leading to animal cruelty. There were also worries about cyber-bullying.
So, yes. There is a very real chance Minecraft could be banned in Turkey for being too violent.
If this comes to pass, I wonder how this would affect tourists with kids that have copies of the game on IPad? Also, how would the courts but the 'genie back in the bottle' after the game has been out so long? Everything about this seems off.
I'll be sure to update you if anything changes.