Notch Explains Why Minecraft Is A Man's World

It's a simple question: Can you be a girl in Minecraft? Spy Party developer Chris Hecker asked that of Markus 'Notch' Persson, during a fireside chat at this year's GDC. The Mojang CEO's answer is that the iconic blocky look of his hit sandbox construction game is inherently masculine.

Not that the hat-wearing programmer hasn't tried. "I've tried making a girl model in Minecraft," Notch explained, "but the results have been extremely sexist." Now, there are skins aplenty for making Minecraft's human character models look like women and it seemed like Persson was talking about creating a female equivalent to the default Steve.

"Blocky things are more masculine," Persson mused. But, he added that all the animals in Minecraft are gender-neutral, having elements of both in some cases. For example, cows are just cows, not female steer.

In the beginning Steve was a guy, Minecraft's main character is now generally understood to be genderless and simply a template for users to draw on he added. As for changing the right-angled geometry to create curves, Persson explained that he can't see adding rounded shapes to Minecraft. So, the paper doll that Minecraft users dress up in all their imaginative ways is going to be all squares and rectangles for the foreseeable future.


    LEGO minifigs are all the same shape, and they can easily have a visually distinct gender. Don't see why Minecraft characters can't also be.

      You can reskin the model with a female looking skin, but I think he's saying that sticking boobs on the model isn't a good look!

        Yeah and unless he add's triangles he cant make the default Woman's bathroom figure

    Someone knows nothing about Cows.

    A female that has had a Calve is a Cow(sometimes needs to be 2 calves).
    A female that has yet to calve is a Heifer
    A Male that's been castrated is a steer
    A uncastrated Male is a Bull.

    Female Steer is non existent. So either notch or the person who wrote this articles mistake. Woo Knowledge.

      I see you've attended Bovine University.

        I live on a farm I probably new this before i knew how to multiply.

          Before reading your explanation, I was an A-Grade moron.

            I love the both of you (that is, you and js)

      These are not Earth cows. They are cows from a fantasy world. They are allowed to be gender neutral if such is wished.

      English isn't their first language, deal with it.

      Kudos for the knowledge. That's Quiz Night shit right there people!! Lap it up :-)

    I believe in a world where cows are not.judged based on their gender.

    This sexist treatment of cows is utterly unacceptable. When will the animal cruelty stop?

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