Minecraft’s Steve isn’t a man?

Posted on July 29, 2012 - 9:50pm by Ryan Conway

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.

"The human model is intended to represent a Human Being. Not a male Human Being or a female Human Being, but simply a Human Being."

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.

"Cows have horns and udders (even if I've later learned that there are some cows where the females do have horns), and the chicken/duck/whatevers have heads that look like roosters, but still lay eggs," Notch writes. "For breeding, any animal can breed with any other animal of the same species."

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?

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