The Vatican Is Embracing This Popular Game and Building Their Own Server For It

I'll admit that this isn't something I thought I'd ever be hearing about. I didn't even know that gaming was a thing in the Vatican. But it is and the gaming in the Vatican is ready to take things to the next level for their gamers.

Father Ballecer, who is a Catholic Priest decided to use his background as a computer nerd (I can say that because I am one) to help clean up the gaming worlds for other Catholics. He decided that he would use his skills and create a Minecraft server in order for people to be able to play the game in a different environment than what they're currently used to.

According to GameByte,

The Vatican now has its own Minecraft server thanks to Father Robert Ballecer, a former tech blogger and Catholic priest. Father Ballecer, who now hosts The Week in Tech, recently decided to take it upon himself to create a less-toxic place for gamers online, and it’s now live.

Back in September of this year, Father Ballecer took to Twitter to ask his followers what game they would want to see have Vatican-approved servers. Of Rust, ARK, Team Fortress 2 and Minecraft, the latter won by a landslide, scooping 64% of the 1,136 total votes [via PCGamer].

Father Ballecer said he wanted to Minecraft servers so some gamers wouldn't have to be exposed to such a toxic environment as well as encouraging building up a better gaming community. What that translates to is getting rid of a lot of the vulgarity being used. I admit, it's really a good idea.

He added: “You can invite people who want to be creative, who don’t want to be toxic, and you create an environment in which people can express themselves and build up a relationship. And the relationship thing is the most important part. That’s ultimately what I want to do with the server.”

I'm guessing that they won't stop here either and that they'll continue to build servers for other games as well.