The Vatican now has its own Minecraft server thanks to Father Robert Ballecer, a former tech blogger and Catholice priest. Father Ballecer, who now hosts The Week in Tech, recently decided to take it upon himself to create a less-toxic place for gamers online, and it’s now live.
Back in September of this year, Father Ballecer took to Twitter to ask his followers what game they would want to see have Vatican-approved servers. Of Rust, ARK, Team Fortress 2 and Minecraft, the latter won by a landslide, scooping 64% of the 1,136 total votes [via PCGamer].
Speaking to Rome Reports, Father Ballecer explained that the reason for the Minecraft servers was to create a place for “gamers who want a little less ‘toxic’ and a bit more community.”
He added: “You can invite people who want to be creative, who don’t want to be toxic, and you create an environment in which people can express themselves and build up a relationship. And the relationship thing is the most important part. That’s ultimately what I want to do with the server.”
Note that Father Ballecer calls this Minecraft experiment his “first” server, meaning that we can probably expect more of these popping up for gamers who want to keep it clean and safe when playing online games.
Find it at minecraft.digitaljesuit.com.
Minecraft is known for its limitless creative possibilities and family-friendly gameplay. The iconic Mojang title has often been credited with helping younger games unleash their creative side. Despite being a decade old, Minecraft is still one of the most popular and successful video games of all time.
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