An update to Minecraft: Java Edition is causing players frustration over the possibility of being banned from their own private servers. Minecraft update 1.19.1 was released yesterday, but the introduction of a player reporting tool has been worrying players ever since the update was released in June. As he ponders the future of Minecraft, you can check out a tongue-in-cheek video of Mojang in a really awkward time below.
Mojang managed issues surrounding the player reporting tool in late June on its website, saying the main reason for its introduction was to allow players to report “inappropriate chat messages or dangerous behavior” for moderators to review. They also created a Player Report FAQ, which you can read here.
“Without human moderation, online communities can become unwelcoming, toxic, or in some cases dangerous to people’s physical safety,” Mojang’s statement said. “We need to provide security measures that help keep all of our players safe and welcome in the online environments where they play Minecraft.”
However, the player reporting tool will include private servers. “We recognize that private servers operate independently of Mojang Studios, and many use that independence to create remarkable Minecraft innovations that enrich the community,” the statement continues. “But it has always been the case that Minecraft servers of any scale must follow the rules outlined in the EULA, Commercial Use Guidelines, and our Community Standards. All players should enjoy a safe Minecraft experience wherever they choose to play.”
None of Mojang’s appeasement seems to have calmed the Minecraft community, as SaveMinecraft The hashtag is circulating on Twitter and the debate is raging on the official Discord server. The community manager, MojangMeesh, posted a response to player concerns on the Minecraft subreddit earlier this week. “We appreciate and value your feedback, but that doesn’t mean feedback will always change the design principles Mojang Studios adheres to, this includes the upcoming reporting system,” the statement read.
MojangMeesh expressed concern that there were “some people following Mojang employees” on Reddit to comment on the player reporting system in unrelated posts. “Please understand that this behavior does not encourage employees to reach out to the community, nor will it bring about the changes you want,” MojangMeesh continued. “We want to have a constructive and open dialogue with you, and this type of behavior inhibits that.”
The responses were not positive. “Receive feedback with closed ears,” said user FreezingDart. “This is not just a setback. This is a massive, almost complete disapproval of the system by the entire player base. The sooner they understand that, the sooner they will realize this is a mistake,” commented obviasponge06. “How long will an appeal take?” said uxianger. “Since many of us are concerned about false positives, give us a period of time.”
Minecraft YouTuber AntVenom tweeted that Mojang would have to deal with player efforts to counter the reporting system:
Give birth. 1.19.1 is out. Minecraft chat reports are now a thing.
If Mojang thinks that all the expert coders who are against this system won’t try to embarrass them by breaking this system, I’d bet against Mojang.
Not a threat by the way. Just calling it what it is.#SaveMinecraft
— AntVenom (@AntVenom) July 27, 2022
Mojang insists chat is not being monitored, bots will not be used for moderation, and all player reports will be reviewed to ensure any bans or suspensions are “well-founded”. Let’s hope the infamous Jonathan Minecraft and his minions aren’t sitting around wringing their hands in glee at the prospect of people getting kicked off their own servers, I suppose.
Player reports aren’t the only controversy surrounding Minecraft right now. Last week, Mojang heavily criticized the implementation of blockchain and NFT in Minecraft. In a statement posted on its website, the company said that, in general, they would not allow the use of either technology in the game. One platform, NFT Worlds, said that drop minecraft and build your own game.
Minecraft: Java Edition is now included with Bedrock Edition. You can grab them from Microsoft Store. They are also included in PC Game Pass.