Censorship
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Minecraft is an open-world survival, RPG and multiplayer game that was released by Mojang Studios on May 5, 2009 and is still in active development under parent company Microsoft. A controversial feature was censored during the development of the 1.12 update. The Texture Update removed blood from a status effect texture.

Censorship[]

International censorship[]

  • Parrots were initially fed with cookies, but in real life, chocolate is toxic to parrots. Since a later snapshot, parrots are now fed with seeds instead and cookies kill the parrots instead.
  • Blood was removed from the new Strength status effect icon in version 1.14 of Java Edition and 1.11.0 of Bedrock Edition.
  • The splash text "Привет Россия" ("Privyet Rossiya", Russian for "Hello Russia") was removed in the 1.19 snapshot released on 27 April 2022. Given the timing of the removal, it is likely it was due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the splash could be misconstrued as support for Russia.

Where to find it uncensored[]

Versions between 17w13a and 1.12 Pre-Release 3 allowed players to feed parrots with cookies without harm.

Moderation controversy[]

  • Version 1.19.1 Pre-Release 1 introduced a UI for reporting (and banning) users for violating community guidelines, which was implemented by Microsoft due to Minecraft attracting younger players and concerns that the community was becoming toxic.[1][2] Older conservative players were outraged at this new feature, and accused Microsoft of censorship and being "woke".[3][4]

References[]

  1. Minecraft 1.19.1 Pre-Release 1 by Adrian Östergård, Mojang Studios. 2022-06-21.
  2. Anyone else getting sick of the toxic Minecraft community? by I_love_to_eat_kids, Reddit. 2016-01-03.
  3. #SaveMinecraft trending on Twitter, community worried about censorship after update by Olivia Richman, Dot Esports. 2022-07-30.
  4. Microsoft Goes Full Big Brother With Minecraft Bans by Douglas Blair, The Daily Signal. 2022-08-04.
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