The things with all the games you mentioned is that you are playing as that character, living their story. In Minecraft is not the story about Steve. You are creating your own story, expressing yourself. In a game like this it's only natural to want your avatar to represent you in some fashion.
A skin editor would be ideal, until then we just hope for the type of skins we want.
was thinking that too lol.
like i said in another post, it would be weird seeing a female then hearing a manly battle cry.
Luckily they'll patch it out in the 1.8.2 update, I believe that is when they replaced the standard, "ugghhh" sound with something along the lines of bones cracking. Scared the crap out of me when I first heard it cause it was so loud.