Since its initial release a decade ago (and even after Microsoft’s 2014 acquisition of developer Mojang), minecraft Allows players to create private servers, where they have complete control over what behaviors (and players) are allowed. Next week, however, Microsoft is set to roll out a new update that lets it restrict minecraft Players from all online games, including private servers and servers hosted on Microsoft’s subscription-based Realms plan.
Earlier this week, Microsoft launched a pre-release version of update 1.19. minecraftWhich will go live for all on Tuesday, June 28. The update will add the ability to report users who abuse the game’s chat system and allow “reported players.” [to be] Online play and realms should be banned after review by moderator.”
Recently updated on “Why am I banned” minecraft?” On the help page, Microsoft notes that restricted players will also receive a message when they “sign into Minecraft on any platform (non-Java version). [aka “Bedrock”].” That message will clear that “The banned players are not allowed to play on the server, Join Realms, host or join multiplayer games, or use the Marketplace. They are also not allowed to access Minecraft Earth. Xbox players will no longer have access to their own world [emphasis added],
Whose restraint is this anyway?
While the ban will limit players’ ability to connect to private servers, Microsoft suggests that “highly trained moderation staff is looking at publicly featured servers and the most serious breaches in the field … Personal World Review will not be done.” Private server owners will still be able to issue restrictions that only apply to that server and are “at the discretion of the server owner”. Microsoft says it “will not interfere with private servers except in clear violation of the Minecraft EULA and our Terms of Service.”
The help page also states that many moderation decisions will lead to temporary suspensions, while permanent restrictions will be reserved for “the most serious violations of our community standards”. Those community standards include general moderation topics such as “hate speech, bullying, harassment, sexual solicitation, or bullying of others”, but also “excessive posting or spamming”, creating “negative and abusive” content in chat, or “about posting personal information”. himself or others.”
A help page on player chat reporting explains other moderation categories such as “imminent harm – self-harm or suicide, terrorism or violent extremism, non-consensual intimate imagery”. [and] Drugs or alcohol.” Other possible reporting categories such as “‘profanity’, ‘nudity or pornography’, and ‘excessive violence or gore'” were recently removed in a new release candidate, as the update notes.
The chat reporting help page also states that reports must be initiated by a player and reviewed by moderation, which should hopefully limit the false-report problems sometimes associated with more automated moderation systems. Microsoft warns that abusing the chat reporting system by intentionally sending false or irrelevant moderation requests or by inciting others to do so “may have consequences for your account.” And banned players will be able to file the matter for review if they believe they have been unfairly banned.
On social media, it’s hard not to see players react negatively to Microsoft’s moderation decisions encroaching on their personal game space. ,minecraftAlthough family-friendly, and geared primarily towards children, it is a game played by many adults who desire private spaces where they can play games in certain ways or communicate in certain ways. are unsuitable for younger audiences,” writes Reddit user phantom-soldier-405. “By severely restricting the ability for adults to enjoy games in their own way, Microsoft is not only losing popularity and profits in the long run but giving himself a worse reputation than anyone who is already handling the Games.”
Reddit user quillka puts it more bluntly: “Leave the player-hosted servers alone! They have their own moderation and are able to handle it on their own. It’s been like this for years and has been working for years.” “
Some players are also concerned that the new reporting function will be misused, despite the security announced by Microsoft. One Twitter user said, “I understand Mojang has good intentions, but trolls will get people unfairly banned and there is nothing they can do about it.” wrote In response to the updated announcement.
The public clearinghouse MinecraftServers.org currently lists over 31,000 private online minecraft Servers, a number that represents only a fraction of the privately controlled servers.