Last week I wrote about Minecraft online gaming, known to non-parents as pvp (player vs player) - an arcane universe inhabited by ten-year-olds and their demonic alter-egos, where good times can turn to crap at the tap of a birchwood block.
At some point in their recent Minecraft career, my kids discovered the shock and horror of being BANNED.
At this point you may want to refresh yourself with the PvP glossary presented in Minecraft Part 1.
Being BANNED is worse than being KICKED. Being KICKED just means you've been kicked off the game (disconnected from the server), and you can get back in another time. Being BANNED means the Admin (owner/moderator) has BANNED you from the server, probably forever! (At least in most cases).
To cheer up my kid and out of curiosity, I googled "reasons for being banned in Minecraft" and the result is very funny. You can be banned for all sorts of reasons, from legitimate ones like griefing or trolling or killing other players, through minor infractions like speaking in all caps or asking for "OP" one too many times, to baffling ones that apparently involve saying or doing the wrong thing in front of the wrong Admin.
Most of the ones below came from this Minecraft forum thread. They made me chuckle.
Some reasons for being banned from a Minecraft PvP server
Upsetting an Admin
For being impatient
For unintentional destruction
For following your architectural dreams
For not obeying the laws of gravity
For being too badass
Because you peaked
For solving a game challenge too quickly
For asking an annoying question too many times - like once
For possibly being a Brony
For saying Hi
For wanton destruction
For committing two horrible crimes at once:
For unrepentant warmongering
For being American
For annoying the French
For being called Dylan
For hate crimes against art
For inverting a Minecraft element to reference a pop culture trope
As a result of a complex battle which ended with mutual respect
For killing everyone and taking their stuff - actually this ban sounds pretty legit:
For inadvertently playing against someone's political beliefs
And perhaps saddest of all: FOR NO REASON
These cheered up my kids and gave me an entertaining evening's reading.
But I still don't quite know how to play Minecraft.
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