Friday, May 01, 2015

Female Avatar Now a Default in Minecraft

Guess what? Thar be a woman in Minecraft now!

Starting with today's update, there will be a second default character for those not wishing to be Minecraft Steve. We now have a Minecraft Alex. Console gamers will receive the skin during the next update.

"When most players begin their Minecraft adventure there aren’t many looks to choose from. In fact, you only get to play as our blue-shirted friend. Now, everyone loves Steve – he’s probably the most famous minecrafter in the world, and has excellent stubble.

But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." Mojang Company Blog.

Before I hear the rally of fan-boy cries, I'm fully aware that this is not the first female skin in the game. Many of the downloadable packs, such as Mass Effect, gave you a female option. But this is the first female character provided as a default option. You are not stuck with the male avatar.

Minecraft was designed to be a genderless game. As lofty of an idea as that sounds, let's face it. We do not live in that type of world and people want to see more equal representation of their race/gender/religion/sexuality in the media content they consume. Minecraft can still be about punching trees and the art of building blocks, but it's good to see that we don't have to default to the only male avatar of the game.

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