A Vatican priest wants to achieve a less-toxic community for the Minecraft gamers.
Fr. Robert Ballecer, who formerly studied engineering in the Silicon Valley, is now a Jesuit priest, whose idea with the Vatican server is to have a place where the players can freely express themselves in a less toxic environment than in another game. He offers an environment where creativity can be freely expressed, and relationships can be built with each other. He asked his followers on Twitter what game should be getting a test server. The four options were Rust, Ark, Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft. Minecraft won with 64% of the votes.
„It’s not about the technology, it’s not even really about the gaming. It’s about getting people together who can then maybe move those relationships to the real world. At first, there were a lot of very hesitant people, because you see this guy in a collar talking about the latest offerings from Google, or how you run fibre optics across the Atlantic. And they didn’t understand, they said, ‘Wait a minute, these two things don’t go together.’ But after a time, they realized, ‘Okay, he knows what he’s talking about, he just happens to be a priest.’ And ultimately, that was the ministry I was trying to do,” Ballecer told Rome Reports in the video below.
The server is not final yet; Ballecer is eager to receive feedback. On Twitter, he shared VG247‘s article as well with the following comment: „The trolls have already shown up to blow stuff up, but I never thought it would be easy.”
In case you want to visit Ballecer’s test server, you can do so by clicking here (http://minecraft.digitaljesuit.com). It might be official if the Pope supports the notion – you may never know…
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