Would the default Minecraft skin (Steve) be based on Tommy Vercetti, a GTA character ?

Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft are unquestionably two of the largest video game franchises, but could it be that they share more than we think ?

Indeed, GTA and Minecraft may simply have a lot more in common than we originally thought. A fan theory has emerged that claims that Steve (Minecraft’s default avatar recently arrived in Super Smash Bros Ultimate) is actually based on Tommy Vercetti, the water-hating star of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

It was the Yuusha user who made the statement on Twitter. He claims that Minecraft Steve is actually a low-poly version of Tommy from when Notch was developing a GTA-style game. A bit hard to swallow at first, yes, but when you look at the two characters side by side?

https://twitter.com/YuushaEX/status/1316920638146306058

To back up his point, Yuusha then directed fans to an old blog post from 2009, written by Notch about Minecraft development. Here’s what it says:

Graphics and character modeling have already been done for one of my previous discarded projects (a China Town Wars-GTA-like rendering in pure java). I realized that their block design would fit very well in this game, and the low resolution of the textures means that each player can have a totally unique skin, downloaded to other players when he or she joins the game.

This theory was rather flawed but still caused a reaction on the networks, so much so that even Notch expressed himself on the subject :

In the end, the answer to our question, “Is Minecraft’s default skin based on Tommy Vercetti’s?” is simply no.

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