The Vatican is spinning up a Minecraft server

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For a little over a decade, Minecraft, the 64-bit sandbox video game where players are given free rein to mine, hunt, construct buildings, and change the environment in any way they see fit, has been the pride of gamers. During the last 10 years, while the big companies were touting the latest in high-end graphics, Mojang has proven that all gamers really need to have fun is complete control. “Power to the players,” as the saying goes.

Soon, the 91 million players of Minecraft will have a new server in which they can explore, create, and build a community. And it will be moderated by a Catholic priest.

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The project is the brain-child of Father Robert R. Ballecer, a Jesuit priest who runs a tech-focused blog where he is known as the Digital Jesuit. He told Vatican reporter that he wanted to make a server where people could game together in a non-toxic atmosphere. He said:

“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. The relationship thing is the most important part. That’s ultimately what I want to do with the...
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