This is a fun video of a father and son exploring a spaceship they built together in Minecraft, which is a pretty common thing nowadays, but perhaps this video comes with an extra backstory: The dad, Damien Fate, is a well-known content creator for Second Life, and the son, named Linden, likely would not even exist let alone have that name, if it wasn't for that MMO:
Washu and Damien in 2004; in real life with baby Linden, in 2009
You see, Damien first met his now-wife (known as Washu Zebrastripe) in Second Life, a courtship which moved fairly quickly to real world meetings via international flights, and a marriage that moved Ms. Zebrastripe from the American Midwest to the UK, and together back again to the States. And in honor of where they first met, they named their son after SL creator Linden Lab.
"The word Linden has a lot of meaning to Washu and I," Damien told me at the time. "Through Second Life we have found each other, our livelihoods and now our son. I couldn't think of a more appropriate name with such meaning for us." And now that Linden is old enough to join him in Minecraft, they regularly do so now as father and son. It'll be years before Linden is finally old enough to explore Second Life itself, and if he likes, see the virtual places where his mother and father first met as avatars.
"I very much doubt Second Life will still be around when he's old enough to play it," Damien tells me, laughing. "Maybe Sansar though."
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