Vatican to host Minecraft server3rd December 2019
Minecraft – one of the biggest phenomenons in video gaming – will soon have a dedicated server hosted by the Vatican, thanks to a former Silicon Valley engineer turned priest.
Father Robert Ballecer, who began his career as a technology consultant in Silicon Valley and the host of ‘The Week in Tech’, now spends his time as a Catholic priest while creating Minecraft servers.
Back in September, he posted a poll to Twitter asking his 23,000 followers which games he should “spin up a few servers in the Vatican” for.
The options were Rust, ARK: Survival Evolved, Team Fortress 2 and the winner Minecraft, which dominated the poll with 64% votes.
Ok… I want to spin up a few servers in the Vatican for gamers who want a little less "toxic" and a bit more community.
What should be my first server?
— Fr. Robert R. Ballecer, SJ (@padresj) August 31, 2019
His desire is to create a friendly atmosphere devoid of the toxicity which is associated with many titles. He wants the dedicated server to be community-driven.
Father Ballecer revealed the idea isn’t based on the technology, or even the game but more so about cultivating a culture which promotes creativity and fostering relationships while speaking with Rome Reports.
“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 fibre optics across the Atlantic,” he said.
“They didn’t understand and they said ‘wait a minute these two things don’t go together’, but after time people started realising okay, he knows what he is talking about he just happens to be priest.”
He continues by elaborating how the church can use technology to connect with as many people as possible and while there will be mistakes along the way “but if the church never tries, they will never find the potential that could come from technology”.
Currently, the Minecraft server is being tested but it is not yet fully ready to be deployed. It is looking for players with an account to come along and provide feedback.
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