Video game Minecraft has created new female avatars that will be able to build structures
Finally, Minecraft has accepted that girls can build things, too. The computer game has come up with its first default female avatar – a red-haired woman called ‘Alex’.
She will join ‘Steve’, the game’s male lead, and the only other character available to players for free.
In a blog post, the company’s owners Mojang, explained: “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.”
Back in 2012, Minecraft’s founder Markus Persson, wrote that he wanted Minecraft to be a “genderless” game.
“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 insisted.
“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.”
But now the company has realised that having one played called ‘Steve’ – who has stubble – is not all that ‘genderless’ after all.