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For the first time in over a decade, Mojang has updated Minecraft‘s character skins for both Steve and Alex and we are pleased to see a certain hairy chin chum making its long-awaited return.
As noted on Reddit (thanks Eurogamer), the updated character models now have certain 3D elements to their base blockiness — rolled sleeves! flowing hair! new shoes! — but the star of the show is the comeback of Steve’s retro goatee.
Almost by definition, the Minecraft character skins have long been without, erm, definition, but if there is one thing that stood out about Steve, the game’s longest-running avatar, it was his beard (or creepy upturned smile as this writer believed it to be for many years). However, in 2009 Mojang shaved Steve’s beard off, and the ponytailed Alex was introduced as a player option in 2014.
Interestingly, while the beard remained absent from the main game, it has still made appearances over the past decade, notably coming along for the ride when Steve was added as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the grizzled look of a cuboid man about to beat Kirby to a pulp. The return of the beard changes Steve back from a clean-shaven explorer to a man who’s seen some things.
We are not the only ones who are pleased to see the return of Steve’s face fur. The beard bros. have been quick to Twitter to voice their excitement at the returning facial hair, sharing fan art and other posts of joy.
We were also pleased to see that we weren’t the only ones who had mistaken the beard for an emotive smile. In a series of Twitter confessions, we discovered that many fans of the game had thought the same thing.
If Steve is back in his hairy phase, then our fingers are crossed for a moustache to make an appearance come November!
What do you make of the return of the goatee? Did you also think it was a smile? Let us know below.
[source reddit.com, via eurogamer.net]
Comments (23)
EarthboundBenjy
I wonder what prompted them to change the character design back then, and then to change it back just now. Oh well.
Snatcher
I’m going to have to re wire my brain so I can see the beard. Because when I was little I always saw a smile. And well, Its really hard to unsee, but I will try!
Dogorilla
I always thought it was a smile. It’s weird that they removed the beard but still used it in Smash Bros and on the Minecraft box art and stuff – I hadn’t actually realised they’d got rid of it in the game.
Jolon6
Is it weird if I see it as both? I clearly see a smiling bearded face…
YoshiF2
This is exactly why I say Minecraft is low tier paint pixel art. When you can’t distinguish between a smile and a goatee… well, that speaks for itself.
TommyTendo
I always thought it was his mouth
AnnoyingFrenzy
I… never knew they got rid of it.
solarwolf07
@YoshiF2 games don’t need to have stunning, full 3d graphics to be memorable and enjoyable.
darkswabber
Didn’t notch say it was a smile? I know mojang doesn’t want to do anything with notch anymore but if he says it was a smile there’s not really a debate right?
Paraka
Honestly, no matter how much people detail the beard to me, I cannot see the smile. In spite of me never seeing such a protruding smile on anyone else.
Also, fun note; since Ganon reverted back to his OoT model, Steve is the only bearded dude in Smash now.
Nintendo_Alski
Never knew it was a beard until now lol. He’s just a happy guy!
ModdedInkling
50% votes on each?
"Perfectly balanced, as all things should be."
Eel
@EarthboundBenjy If I remember correctly, it was supposedly to make him a little more gender neutral. The default damage sound was also a masculine sounding grunt, and that was changed around the same time too.
Perhaps they now feel the change in design is unnecessary, given how customizable these characters are.
Galaxy
No freaking way. This poll is 50/50. XD
FatWormBlowsASparky
@Snatcher
What do you mean when you were little? Minecraft only came out in…oh…oh no…
GMACPLAYS
bruh just stick with a smile.
GMACPLAYS
I wish they never pointed out that it was a beard… I will never see anything the same way again
Freddyfred
Does anybody else see puckered lips?
Snatcher
@FatWormBlowsASparky I’m not sure how long it’s been since ai played.Maher did it come out.
FatWormBlowsASparky
@Snatcher
2011, which is like yesterday if you’re old enough to remember playing Space Invaders when it came out. 🥲
YoshiF2
@solarwolf07 nobody’s talking about the quality of the game: I’m talking about the quality of the “pixel art”
Snatcher
@FatWormBlowsASparky dang time sure flys lol.
Coolmusic
I wasn’t even aware they got rid of it in the first place.😓
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