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“In The Virtual End” is a Machinima music video that recreates the music video for “In the End” by Linkin Park with Half-Life characters Eli Vance and Dr. Kleiner. In May 2022, the video achieved virality as an Anime Memes Replaced With X meme format in the /r/OKbuddyHalfLife subreddit, later achieving mainstream popularity and being used as bait-and-switch media.
On November 1st, 2009, YouTuber Ray Koefoed uploaded “In The Virtual End,” an animated remake of the music video for “In the End” by Linkin Park featuring Half-Life characters. The video featured the character Eli Vance as vocalist Mike Shinoda and the character Dr. Kleiner as vocalist Chester Bennington and was created with Garry’s Mod and SDK Face Poser. The video accumulated over 100,000 views as of August 2021 and over 870,000 views as of early August 2022 (following its meme popularity).