Notch on why Steve is a guy
Notch has written on why Steve is a guy (or not) and why he never designed a female body for Minecraft.
Gender in Minecraft : The Word of Notch
And from Twitter (https://twitter.com/notch/status/229140426513330176
Yes, there's some level of retconning there, but not much. Ever since the first animal was added, the game was supposed to be genderless.
Players are of course free to project their own ideas about gender at characters. The game is just meant to not decide for you.
Last edited by Sorontar; 29th July 2012 at 12:12 AM.