Looks like Microsoft is finally ruining Minecraft again, except now for the Java Edition version!
What we thought was a safe haven where we’d have servers completely owned by individuals instead of Microsoft-supported and promoted companies has now turned into a pile of rubbish, as Microsoft is now implementing universal singleplayer, multiplayer, and Realms bans, including bans for other versions included in the launcher, with the 1.19.1 update.
What’s funny about this is that, with “allowed tools, plug-ins, and services” (as described in the Terms of Service of minecraft.net), the reporting process can be automated easier than in Bedrock, as Bedrock modification libraries are completely memory based compared to the Java modification libraries, allowing you to easily write code in Java and add the mod to your client. This means that in Java, you could simply get a list of the players on the server, and automatically report the players one-by-one.
This can also possibly mean this ACTUAL discontinuing (inferentially confirmed by the new “secure chat” feature in the 1.19.1 Minecraft News post) of the short-lived MojMaps, the official obfuscation mappings for Minecraft, to allow easier mod development, as people could soon abuse things like this. No public documentation for MojMaps has been posted since the 1.17 update, possibly due to planning for bans like this.
One announcement has confirmed the addition of a “Player Chat Reporting Tool”, describing that this, on even private servers that define their own rules about chat messages, will allow other players to ban “hate speech, bullying, harassment, sexual solicitation, or making true threats to others.” That’s bad for servers like 2b2t, who allow players to do or say whatever they want. The affecting of private servers is also confirmed in the update post.
While 2b2t has no plans of updating to 1.19.1, the ViaFabric mod allows people to connect to 1.12.2 servers FROM 1.19.1, allowing players to also mass-report players from those servers as well.
Overall, Microsoft’s takeover of Minecraft has ruined the game for everyone. Very expected for a company that charges $90 for a charger that melts in 4 months.