Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has addressed the issue of gender in his game, stating that “gender doesn’t even exist” in Minecraft’s world.
Writing on his personal blog, Persson said that “If it wasn’t for the fact that the default Minecraft character is referred to as ‘Minecraft Guy’ and that [he] once jokingly answered ‘Steve?’ when asked what his* name was, Minecraft would be a game where gender isn’t a gameplay element.”
“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,” he wrote.
“The blocky shape gives it a bit of a traditional masculine look, but adding a separate female mesh would just make it worse by having one specific model for female Human Beings and male ones. That would force players to make a decision about gender in a game where gender doesn’t even exist.”
As evidence of his genderless vision for Minecraft, Persson cites the dual nature of every animal in the game.
“All the other mobs in the game are genderless and usually exhibit the most prominent traits of both genders. 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.”
Notch said that “there’s no point” to this particular post, only that he “just wanted to clarify, so that there’s an official word on” the gender issue.
He did add a small side note, though: “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!”
By Jeff Dunn