Minecraft Update Introduces New ‘Totalitarian’ Reporting System, Players Say

Minecraft Update Introduces New ‘Totalitarian’ Reporting System, Players Say
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Minecraft Update Introduces New ‘Totalitarian’ Reporting System, Players Say

Never in my life would I have imagined such a general blocky survival game comparison of all ages. Minecraft to Orwell’s totalitarian regime 1984, but apparently, that’s exactly what 2022 has in store for us.

The end of August marked the launch of Minecraft The Java Edition update, version 1.19.1, dubbed 1.19.84 by disgruntled fans, brings with it some minor gameplay tweaks and the controversial new player reporting system.

In response to changes listed, coupled with in-game community guidelines, users feared they might incur temporary bans or permanent bans for thinly worded reasons ranging from profanity to “drugs and alcohol.” This applies not only to domains owned by Microsoft, but also to private online servers.

The fact that gamers can now be banned for things said on private servers raises additional concerns about surveillance: having not only the implications that private server chat logs are also privy to the eyes of Microsoft, rather, the rules put forth by the company supersede those established for communities by long-time server owners.

These apprehensions were only made worse by the introduction of bugs in 1.19.1 that resulted in server connection issues, as well as an overzealous chat filter, one such user asked in his post ‘Why is everything I write censored?‘ as various commenters mock the state of the game, including references to 1984.

The play has left a bad taste in the players’ mouths, even triggering the movement #saveminecraftafter changes forced players to use Microsoft accounts to access the game in early 2022. The comments express the blatant injustice of the forced migration to the company’s platform, followed by guideline changes that create the potential for the removal of the online gaming privileges.

Despite the negative comments, in a statement on RedditA Mojang community manager has made it clear that there are no plans to change the new system, to the response of which is, at the time of writing, 1948 down votes.

However, some of the concerns raised don’t have much basis, at least in the reasons why Microsoft would like to take a look at its top secret. Minecraft role-playing, the notion, at a minimum, indicates that faith in large corporations to maintain user data responsibly is not particularly high. Some issues players had with the update are not based on how the system actually works, as pointed out by some members of the community.

That’s not to say there aren’t problems with the changes; Internet users are quick to point out problems with the ambiguously worded guidelines, including in responses to the aforementioned statement. How detrimental will this be to the Minecraft the community is in the hands of how Microsoft responds and enacts these changes in the future.

a long answer piece to disgruntled gamers by Zachary Boddy, a writer for Windows Central, aims to allay and address concerns, but, considering the source site of the work, the somewhat stiff corporate writing style throughout the 4,000-word article , along with Mojang’s apparent refusal to respond to queries. beyond directing individuals to their FAQ page Y Help Centerit remains to be seen how easily tensions over the situation will disperse.

Hopefully, these changes are not a precedent for how Microsoft’s hands-on management of its acquired properties continues. We’re referring, of course, to its planned acquisition of massive publisher Activision Blizzard, especially if it gives Microsoft as much power as some competitors claim.

Read: Sony expresses concern over Xbox acquisition of Call of Duty

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