Due to the fact that more games are being created as multiplayer games, it also means that there is a rise in online communities, which in turn has also unfortunately resulted in some of them being rather toxic. However, in a bid to try and create a less toxic environment for gamers, a Vatican priest by the name of Fr. Robert Ballecer, decided to create the Vatican’s Minecraft server where he hopes that it would foster a less toxic community.
The idea of this server is that it will be an environment where players will be able to freely express themselves and their creativity and also build relationships with each other. Speaking to Rome Reports, Ballecer said, “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.”
He adds that there was some resistance at the start, namely due to the fact that he is a priest. “At first, there were a lot of people who were very hesitant. Because you see this guy in a collar talking about the latest offerings from Google, or how you run fiber 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.”
The Vatican Minecraft server is currently in testing but if you’re interested in checking it out, you can head on over to its website for the details.