[Keep in mind I am no longer the lead developer on Minecraft, Jens is. This post is about what I thought about back when I was making it]
If it wasn’t for the fact that the default Minecraft character is referred to as “Minecraft Guy” and that I once jokingly answered “Steve?” when asked what his* name was, Minecraft would be a game where gender isn’t a gameplay element.
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. 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.
All the other mobs in the game are genderless and usually exhibit the most prominent traits of both genders. Cows have horns and udders (even if I’ve later learned that there are some cows where the females do have horns), and the chicken/duck/whatevers have heads that look like roosters, but still lay eggs. For breeding, any animal can breed with any other animal of the same species.
Obviously, 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.
There’s no point to this post. I just wanted to clarify, so there’s an official word on it.
Also, as a fun side fact, it means every character and animal in Minecraft is homosexual because there’s only one gender to choose from. Take THAT, homophobes!
* I do regret using masculine terms to talk about the default character. These days I try to use the up-and-coming use of “they” as a genderless pronoun.
This was quite a while ago, but I actually don’t remember when (either 2010 or 2011?). I was somewhere around 16 years old.
At that time I ran a typography tumblr. I really looked up to this specific artist around that time. She was older than me - around 20 - but to me she was like a goddess. Realism, anime, nature, chibi, animals, you name it. She could draw anything with such flair. On top of that, she was kind. She helped a lot of people with drawing and gave helpful advice. As a shy introverted admirer, I wanted to approach her but wasn’t brave enough to even reblog her art.
i’m siding with hannah is on this one. if you have something like an ip tracker and you can actually prove who sends you nasty messages, then by all means use it to expose assholes sending you hatemail. being a good person is a two-way street, and people shouldn’t have a get away free card in regards to being assholes to people just because they click anon. if you’re the kind of person who’s shitty enough to send anon hate messages, you deserve whatever gets thrown back in your face because that shit isn’t cool. and if you’re stupid enough to let someone else use your account without your supervision, you should own up to what happens with it. jesus people it’s all just common sense. :/
The major transitional element of today’s London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem “Abide With Me” by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the 2012 Summer Olympic hosts were named. (It’s also been suggested the performance was a memorial to the war dead.)
Regardless, it was a rather significant and emotional moment in the opening ceremony, coming just before the parade of nations—and it wasn’t aired in the United States. Instead, viewers were treated to a lengthy and meaningless Ryan Seacrest interview of Michael Phelps. NBC regularly excises small portions of the opening ceremony to make room for commercials, but we’ve never heard of them censoring out an entire performance—especially to air an inane interview. We’ve asked NBC why they didn’t air the tribute, and if they get back to us we’ll let you know what they say. In the meantime, enjoy the performance everyone else in the world saw. [BBC]
i hate hanging out with new people and you cant just like talk about certain shit like whoever introduced you is always glaring at you or telling you to shut up its fuckin annoying and it makes me feel like a child why don’t you get some friends that arent so goddamn sensitive
yeah i hate this shit
it is why i am wary of meeting new people my friend wants to introduce me to
I usually ignore Nintendo’s corporate social responsibility reports — an annual accounting of the company’s efforts to improve the lives of its employees and everyone else in the world — but this year’s report is quite charming!
The report covers a number of initiatives, like promoting environment policies, raising awareness of responsible pet care, encouraging kids to interact with nature using its 3D Pictorial Guide to Flora and Fauna software, etc.
But the fun graphics were what caught my attention: