Notch: There’s no gender in Minecraft

Monday, 30th July 2012 01:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mojang founder Markus “Notch” Persson has answered criticisms of MInecraft’s lack of official female avatars by saying the survival adventure exists in a genderless world.

According to Notch, the player character, nicknamed Steve, is representative of all human beings rather than a male human being. Not only that, but even the animals in Minecraft are mono-gendered.

The lack of gender seems to be not so much politically motivated as a response to the difficulties of distinguishing between character models with Minecraft’s blocky graphics.

“I’m not saying this is a good way to deal with gender in all games, as the better your graphics are, and because of how quickly the human mind tries to identify the gender of other humans, you are going to have to make a decision as a developer about gender, but I felt we could get away with it in Minecraft,” Notch said.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Talkar

    Even though i despise both Minecraft and Notch i agree with him here. People try to find sexism everywhere now. I don’t know why but it is getting really annoying that some feminist and feminist supporters can’t just let go and enjoy the entertainment, or just ignore it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    You “despise” him?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KodyxDestroyer

    This idiot has no clue what he’s talking about. First he says they are genderless, then he says that they are homosexual. This is absolutely ridiculous that it’s even news to be honest.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @3 “…as a fun side fact…”

    Mountains out of molehills. He was joking.

    It amazes me how much hate and animosity people feel the need to hold against individuals on the internet that they don’t even know.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Cobra951

    Notch, brilliant as usual. He renders the entire sexual special-interest bullshit moot by keeping every bit of sexuality out of his game. Excellent.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. klewd

    It makes perfect sense that they are homosexuals. Do you know what a homosexual is? Someone who has attraction to the same gender. In this case they’re all the same gender because there is none.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. silkvg247

    Well considering you can make your avatar look how you want I don’t see how it matters. How on earth anyone thought to criticize it in the first place is beyond me.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Mineral4r7s

    This whole sexism thing thats occouring everywhere nowadays really reminds me on this one south park episode…

    The episode is about the flag of south park, showing 4 “white people” hanging 1 “black people”. People go enrage about racism. And the kids don’t understand why, in the end the kids say all they see are 5 human on that picture. So the real racists are those that see racism everywhere…

    And thats the same with sexists.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Da Man

    It amazes me how much hate and animosity people feel the need to hold against individuals on the internet that they don’t even know.
    … says the person, whose more than half of posts between 2008 and 2011 had to do with the same person. Careful not getting an aneurysm there.

    Anyway why was this a question in a level editor.. Is there no way to make racing videogames anymore without specifying the gender?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    The someone complaining about the lack of female avatars in Minecraft, was obviously some guy desperate to build a 8 bit porn palace. Feminism has nothing to do with it :-)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Talkar

    Well i seem to remember you criticizing TF2 for not having females at one point too, even though we don’t actually know if it does or doesn’t :P

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 Been there, done that. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Mineral4r7s

    I dont even play Team Fortress 2. You confuse me with someone else.

    #13 2 years ago

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