Minecraft’s Steve isn’t a man?
In a recent Tumblur post, Minecraft creator Notch revealed a rather interesting (and by interesting I mean weird, and interesting to I guess) factoid about the game that you probably didn’t know. It turns out that Steve (the player’s avatar) isn’t really a man at all! Dun! Dun! Dun!
So he’s a woman right? Actually, no. He’s not female either. No. He is in fact a genderless humanoid.
Notch explained that it would have been more difficult to create both male and female character models, so he decided to make the avatar’s gender difficult to determine (although he admits that the blocky model does make Steve look more on the masculine side). That and he didn’t want players to make decisions based gender in a world where gender doesn’t exist.
The only reason why the character’s name is Steve is because it was chosen completely at random by a name generator.
Getting back to the whole gender not existing thing for a moment, Notch also revealed that the animals in the game are also genderless and share both male and female traits.
Notch concluded the blog post with this fun fact; “Every character and animal in Minecraft is homosexual because there's only one gender to choose from. Take THAT, homophobes!"
This revealation blows my mind! And to be perfectly honest, I think the genderless aspect of the game actually adds a nice layer of uniqueness to it and it actually did make for some creative design choices when it comes to the various creatures inhabiting the game.
What do you think of all this g1s? Does the your Minecraft world still make sense?
Then...what is it...?
EXCEPT, not as creepy! :3
Thank you for showing me the original. Was driving me nuts trying to see that as a smile :P
So there may be homosexual animal relationships in Minecraft that can reproduce. Interesting. Although I always thought Steve was a dude before this announcement because of the voice. Plus it looked like he had a mustache.
That's neat I guess. I don't get how it's all that mindblowing, since there has never been code to differentiate genders in minecraft, and Steve is supposed to represent the player, and thus takes on whatever appearance the player wants via skins. seems pretty standard for a game that is, essentially, whatever the player wants it to be,
But... those ones are ugly! WHY WOULD YOU PUT SOMETHING SO UGLY IN SUCH A BEAUTIFUL GAME NOTCH, WHY?
my steve is a gorilla in a tux
I agree Steve IS Steve also Nice pic
It's NiGHTS all over again!
Welp! My fanfic just took a weird turn.
Steve is just Steve.
Soooo..its of the new swedish gender "hen"?
But lets be honest, you've all moved onto custom skins anyway, haven't you?
some woman have a beard too.
I guess we should call him "Pyro".
but... Steve has a beard...
Actually it's a beard. this is the beardless version: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/images/e/ed/Mob1.png
Does that mean we should call him by a multiple gender name? Like Jesse or Taylor?