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    Bienkie commented
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    The majority of the time Mojang does a lot for aesthetics as any game would. Most of your points say she's always put first and if you look closer at the friends tab you can see Alex's head size is smaller. Logically it needs to be in front due to it being smaller. About the multiplayer symbol being 3 alex heads, if they had used two alex's or two steve's then there would always be one less male, or female character and it would be unbalanced and yes, unaesthetic. Having a group of the same 3 heads just makes more sense as that way nobody can say "Well thats sexist cuz Steve's face is blocked half way out" or vice versa. 

    Alex is the default maybe when you first login but one of them has to be, in java edition the default if you don't choose is Steve. There is a lot of balance across platforms. Also just for reference its not "unfair" or sexist, and you only assume that "most" people will choose Steve over Alex. 

    "I don't know why majoring seems to favour one gender over the other" - Its easy to see that you're either feeling emasculated or like Minecraft is becoming a "girls" game just because they opted to include a female character. 

    Also a much better issue would be lack of representation of people of colour in versions other than the Legacy Console edition. 

    Alex and Steve are fake characters, and simply used to represent the different sizes of body shapes for people to use. Gender has only a small part to play in all of this. 

    You could argue "but Steve is the original character and face of minecraft" which is true but, that was for Java edition, when java edition was the only version that existed now there are so many more platforms available and thankfully a "female" alternative and representation was added to MC. So, good job Mojang in trying to create a balance.


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    ThornyFox commented
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    If you do not stop hating on this, I will have to report you guys.

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    Just a note as long as we focus on the idea, and not the poster, the staff's fine with leaving this convo open. We're watching, however.

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    Some Animal commented
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    This isn't really necessary. I see no issue at all. I honestly didn't even know Alex was a female character for a while and I just use the smaller character model with a different skin. Just because you THINK mojang is being unfair doesn't necessarily make it so. If it really bugs you, I would suggest ignoring it.

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    well it's good your not angry at Mojang but I get your point. It doesn't bother me i just ignore it, but I guess they could look into it

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    @MineBash88 please be considerate and keep negative thoughts to yourself. Thanks!

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    Blast Burner commented
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    @MineBash88 Why do you think it's dumb? It's actually pretty genius.

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    Blast Burner commented
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    @TameTheDragon94  Why is it stupid? I don't see it.

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    Max Jimbel commented
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    Totally agree. Steve was always the main character. You always associated the name Steve, with Minecraft. Also, you were told that Steve really doesn't have a gender. It was nothing ever to be missed. However, when Alex was introduced into the game, wasn't a gender introduced? "Now, everyone loves Steve," Owen Hill from Mojang wrote in a blog post. "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." The diversity Owen is talking about is gender. Both males and females play Minecraft, so Mojang thought introducing a female character would be great! The character - 'Alex' - features, "thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail", according to Mojang. So there is no doubt that Alex IS in fact a girl, right? So that means it is necessary to create a balance, or there will still be a gender problem. It's pretty simple, Mojang.

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    Mojang needs to acknowledge that no gender or race is more important or higher in value. Minecraft is a game for everyone. I'm with you, and I'm not going to stand by and let this game crumble because of something that can be so easily avoided. This is a serious problem and Mojang needs to treat both genders of equal importance, or there is no balance. Giving one gender the spotlight at a time doesn't define gender equality. I have a YouTube channel with 300 subscribers, and I'm going to advertise for this post in my next video. If people agree with it, they can vote. We must let Mojang know this is a problem that needs taking care of!

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    Blast Burner commented
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    I think they should make a skin with no gender. It would be pretty easy to make a balance if the main character was neither male nor female.

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    Thirst Man commented
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    Alex has been around since September of 2014, which was nearly 5 years ago. And back then, Minecraft was only 5 years old. Since Steve was there from the beginning, that means he was the solo main character for 5 years. Once Alex reaches her 5 year mark in September, they will have both had their fair share of attention. I expect then that Mojang will start treating Steve and Alex equally. It's only a matter of time, now, unless Mojang continues to favor Alex. And that would be a shame. After all, Mojang is a company that supports gender equality.

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    It's just a game, it probably isn't about gender.

    but wait, it is. Mojang favors Alex over Steve, and I'm going to prove that all her extra attention wasn't just given by chance. A couple years ago, on the Bedrock version, Mojang ordered skin packs by gender, like this: a, b, a, b, etc. But the thing is, they almost always placed a female skin first. And they also listed Alex first, before Steve on the skin selection screen. That would have been just fine, if they hadn't ALSO listed slim arms before default arms. And on the "Friends" tab, you see Steve and Alex's head icons. But for some reason, Mojang decided to put Alex's icon halfway on top of Steve's, so his is partly blocked out. And that makes it look like Alex (or females) are more important then Steve (or males), when in reality, both genders are equal. Also, in their book, Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles, the cover features 4 characters. The 2 female characters are displayed in the front like they're both more important than the men. For a company that supports gender equality, this was a bad choice. So now you know, Mojang is aware of the gender difference they are creating. And the worst part of it all is the fact that they're creating it in a game where gender doesn't even exist.

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    Thats not fair

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    gmazurek 03 commented
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    I agree, and also this would make a good video on the Game Theorists, like "Minecraft's Silent Revenge" or something

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    Alex is based of jeb which is male so steve is male lol

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    If you wanna play the mans game you gotta pay the mans price, and I'm talking about real gender equality where males and females are basically the same,  so girls don't need to be treated specially anymore

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    This shouldn't matter. And what I mean is we shouldn't have to wonder whether or not Mojang is trying to push a female character vs. a male character as the protagonist of Minecraft. Given the attitude of These modern companies, you do have to assume something of that nature is going on. Having a single, male character in a video game is perfectly ok. If You want to include a few options as to the players character, there is nothing wrong with that until you have an agenda ties up in these options outside of the gaming experience. Having the choice between male and female characters should be about letting people choose, not catching girls up with the guys. Steve is the iconic Minecraft symbol, and when you try to replace him because he doesn't represent a segment of the playerbase, you have now ventured into discriminatory territory. I guarantee Steve was never made the mascot specifically because he was male, and specifically so a female wouldn't get the position. This emphasizes how petty it is to try to even out the playing field, nobody but the overzealous advocate of the unrepresented was even playing the game. Don't force your misplaced fear of inequality on your customers. Keep your insecurities private.

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    Sparklez HD commented
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    Maybe theytr afraid that if they stop treating Alex like she's the main MAIN character people will start calling them sexist again. And if that haopened, they might lose lots of sales. Thaats why I think microsoft is behind this. Mojang isn't sexists, Microsoft just wants more money, and they're using Alex as an excuse, so they give her lots of attention

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    GirlyCraft12 commented
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    @TameTheDragon94, like Isaiah Spraggins said, pls keep negative thoughts like that to yourself.

    -GirlyCraft12

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    Tapeface YT commented
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    The fact that steve is constantly mistreated by his creators makes me feel disrespected. It makes me feel like people think that men can take it "because they're tough" or something alike. This is not fair, to use characters to send out a political message, because everyone has feelings, not just half of us

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    Koomba Koomba commented
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    This is ridiculous. Nobody cares who stars in a sandbox game except for you, apparently

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    TheCJBrine commented
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    Steve and Alex should both be the main icons imo, as they are basically already the faces of the game, but Mojang actually seems to be treating them equally imo. It seemed off before, but now it seems even again; still not treated as much more than default skins despite having their own names and designs, and Steve even getting some spotlight like in a few crossovers and the 2011 Minecon trailer...

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    TheCJBrine commented
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    though my reason for wanting to see Steve used alongside Alex is pretty much just having them both be icons, since Steve has basically been an icon for the game for me for a long time; I don't really care about the gender stuffs...

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    TravelByTrain commented
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    Amen brother

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    Ocram 1.3 commented
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    Check out top 10 Scariest Mobs or something, it's from Mojang. Anyway Steve is the only skin shown in the video, the rest of the characters shown are mobs. Alex doesnt appear. I'm not saying I want Steve to have all the attention now, but I'm glad mojsng is acknowledging here are 2 genders. Let's hope in the future(NEAR future and beyond) that Alex and Steve both get the attention the protagonists of a video game deserve!

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    Note how after grass block and creeper Steve is the face of minecraft

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    Steve is in more of minecraft's recent videos if you noticed

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    Maybe they saw your post after all :)

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    i get what your saying about mojang not including steve in concept art (which is sad) but its not exactly a sexist thing.