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Markus "Notch" Persson wrote up a blog recently about the issue of gender in Minecraft. Persson's original intention when designing the game was to have the player character be entirely genderless. He regrets adding a goatee to the character and the name Steve came from a joke response when someone asked him about the character.
Persson also wrote about the gender of the animals in Minecraft, saying he intentionally designed them to be ambiguous. Persson wrote, "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. For breeding, any animal can breed with any other animal of the same species."
Persson also stated that the genderless nature of all the animals and characters in the game makes them all technically homosexuals. "Also, as a fun side fact, it means every character and animal in Minecraft is homosexual because there’s only one gender to choose from. Take THAT, homophobes!"
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Huh. Never used the Steve skin long enough to bother with it. As in, I changed by skin in between guying and actually downloading the game.
I don't see this putting a damper on how we look at or play Minecraft from here on out, so, nothing should back-fire or raise riots.
So would you say he would have been "wiener-less" then?
Me thinkst Notch watcheth Replay?
Poor, poor Steve. lol
Oh, I never thought of gender before in Minecraft besides other players in servers?
The stupid things we discuss.
Thought it was a brown smiley face. So Steve doesn't have a mouth then? But he has a beard? um
It's pretty ridiculous that now we have to have a discussion about the gender politics of Minecraft and pretend that it's some kind of academic pursuit.
It could be just me but for whatever reason....I feel like notch has become a complete conceited and full of himself D-Bag....I dont know.
Who cares. It's all a dream within a computer simulation within a dream. Or whatever.
I just love the way he said "Also, as a fun side fact, it means every character and animal in Minecraft is homosexual because there’s only one gender to choose from. Take THAT, homophobes!"
Notch you're awesome!