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Your Friendly Neighborhood Cow Crater

Recently the Minecraft Community team had the opportunity to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make a young boy’s dream come true. He wanted to spend the day with game developers, learning the ins and outs of creating a game.

While he had the chance to spend time with a number of different studios within Xbox, the Minecraft team tried to make our time with him something really unique.

How did we do that? Well, by taking him on a quick, COVID-safe tour of our new studio space ⁠— and then letting him direct a build challenge, of course. When we asked our young friend what his “dream build” was, he truly couldn’t decide. There were so many wonderful things to build, and yet so little time during our visit!

So here’s where we landed: “Let’s make a crater and fill it with cows.”


Come for the cows, stay for the chaos.

Our buddy had a great time, and really could have a future in restaurant management, we think. He tells us he’s been playing Minecraft since around the summer of 2017, during the World of Color update. His favorite mob was a tough one to nail down, but said Ender Dragons were high on his list. And when he’s not playing Minecraft, he spends his time learning and working in the Unreal Engine.

Got an idea for a fun Build Challenge? Maybe we’ll try yours out next! Send your ideas to and it could be featured in a future article.

Kristina Horner
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