Mojang has always been one of the few companies to follow the flow of the player. This is due to the remarkable things, connecting to the players and just showing that it cares. Mojang always knew how to make the players feel like they were integrated with the game.
The entire game is built upon the fact that you can change the world to your liking. However, it takes it to the next level. Mojang, quite literally, asks the players to vote for the next mob, which is an extremely innovative concept. However, not every decision that it makes is commendable.
In the recent Minecraft: Java Edition 1.19.1 update, the company added a feature that became infamous pretty quickly, the decision to moderate all private servers with the intent of banning those that it sees fit, and it did not set right with the audience.
What is so bad with this type of moderation, you might think? Mojang now has a set of eyes on your “private” servers, and it is not like it’s just going to ban you for no reason. Well, that’s not what players believe, and it’s obvious, as a #SaveMinecraft movement recently started trending on social media platforms like Twitter.
Seeing a game I grew up with and loved starting its downfall is extremely depressing, this isn't the Minecraft I grew up playing and it shouldn't be the Minecraft kids today are growing up with. #saveminecraft pic.twitter.com/HWj7TYQs1i
— Pain-Yatta (@ImAPainYatta) July 18, 2022
Private servers might have a considerable problem, as profanity and hate speech is abundant and allowed. Straight-up banning people for profanity is admirable, only in public servers. In private, this sentiment takes a whole new turn.
if you see this, please post something with #saveminecraft if you havent already, i dont wanna see minecraft have a censorship update @Minecraft also @Microsoft ? more like midrosoft (this aint mojangs fault, its microsofts), video shows 1.19.1 in a nutshell. pic.twitter.com/ZLifWeRa2t
— japanese patrick (@poopooh25530504) July 28, 2022
However, Mojang has taken note of the situation and given its reason for the recent update. “Ensuring the safety of Minecraft players is at the heart of why we are releasing Player Reporting in Java. Without human moderation, online communities can become unwelcoming, harmful, or in some cases, dangerous to the security of individual players,” the company states.
It continues around the parameters of getting banned, “No, we will not ban players just for swearing or profanity. The type of behavior that will get you banned is hate speech, bullying, harassing, sexual solicitation, or threatening others.”
#saveminecraft literally nobody asked for this, nobody wants it. It will ruin minecraft and the community. The number of trolls that will falsely report people, and the smallest things can get taken out of context and you will get banned. pic.twitter.com/qy1sVoYF3g
— JoeyFreezy (@JoeyFreezy_) July 28, 2022
Let’s just say that this new update is not something players appreciate. People have started to retaliate, but there has been no response from Mojang. It is concerning to think that this implementation was actually acknowledged and implemented without any intake from the players. Some players have even already found ways to bypass the update through “unverified” servers.
If you see this message pop up, it means you've just joined a server that protects it's players from Microsoft. It's rather a misleading message. You are much, much more safe when "messages cannot be verified". #saveminecraft #minecraft pic.twitter.com/Hz7649eexb
— Gamepro5 (@Gameprog5) July 27, 2022
Furthermore, people have started to make comparisons between Minecraft and VRChat. By all means, it is not a good comparison, and it is mostly them comparing how the ban feature is similar to that of the recent addition of Easy Anti-Chat in VRChat and how fast the community decided to retaliate.
— Mass Attack/マスアタック (@MassAttack94) July 28, 2022
Mojang is a smart company, and we’re certain that this decision might get reviewed, if not removed altogether, but just the thought of invading private servers (that are no longer private) and banning people over their private conversations is sickening to the entire community.
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