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Notch: "Every Character And Animal in Minecraft is Homosexual"

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Posted July 30, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson


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Minecraft creator Notch waded deep into the gender/acceptance wars of video games this weekend, with a post where he revealed that all the characters in Minecraft are gay. All of them. The main character Steve, the chickens, the cows, even the green slimes. All homosexuals.

It wasn't an intentionally provocative point; Notch was explaining that gender in Minecraft essentially doesn't exists, beyond the masculine first name of the main character.

"The human model is intended to represent a Human Being. Not a male Human Being or a female Human Being," Notch posted on his blog. "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 decisions about gender in a game where gender doesn’t even exist."

This lack of gender means, according to Notch, "Every character and animal in Minecraft is homosexual because there’s only one gender to choose from. Take THAT, homophobes!"

The reaction from the gaming community is telling and mixed. The most common reaction, it seems, is "Who cares?" but judging by the debate over on Reddit's gaming forum, a lot of people care. Most seem pretty supportive of Notch's reasoning, although some have pointed out that genderless creatures aren't really homosexual as much as asexual, and the fact that monsters come from underground spawing chambers instead of "traditional" reproduction points to another biological paradigm entirely.

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