For this week’s Fan Spotlight we talk to Andrew (DuckOfDuckness) about how he and the other mods started up the Life is Strange subreddit!
The subreddit is a great place for fans to discuss episodes, characters & theories as well as sharing fan art, cosplay or videos. The community has been growing with each new episode being released.
First of all, thank you for creating such a great fan
community for Life is Strange. Can you tell us how you started it all?
Going back all the
way to 2013, I watched the first episode of a new Let’s Play series Yogcast Hannah had just
started. The game was Remember Me, Dontnod’s first game, and I was instantly
hooked. I stopped watching the Let’s Play, bought the game and played it all
the way through and boy did I enjoy it. This made me fall in love with Dontnod,
so when Life Is Strange was announced I knew I was going to get it.
Then in 2015, Life Is
Strange finally arrived. I had pre-ordered Life Is Strange and played the first
episode the moment it came out. Wanting more LIS content while I waited for
Episode 2, I went looking for a subreddit. There were 2 pretty dead subreddits,
and the current /r/LifeIsStrange was private and unavailable, so I didn’t
really find what I was looking for.
Instead I made a post on the subreddit /r/redditrequest in which I
requested ownership over /r/LifeIsStrange. As soon as I was granted ownership I
made it public and started turning it into what you see today.
What is your favourite part about running the
That’s actually a
really difficult question to answer, because being moderator of the subreddit
has given me so much.
I’m allowed to give a cheesy answer, right? No? Well here it is anyway:
Every time someone mentions how much they enjoy the subreddit and how they like
that everyone is so happy and open to discussion, I get all bubbly inside. That
is my favorite part of being head moderator. It confirms to me that the rules
I’ve put in place, even though they may seem a bit strict to some, has helped shape
the subreddit into a place I myself would spend my time browsing if I wasn’t
Being a big fan of Life is Strange – what is it
about the game that speaks to you the most?
There are a lot of
games out there right now that focuses on story and player choices. I’ve really
enjoyed games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect.
Life Is Strange, even with its supernatural theme, is so down to Earth, with
believable characters just a few years younger than me, set in a world that is
pretty much like our real one.
It takes a good game to make me cry over the selfless sacrifice and subsequent
death of an alien creature in a sci-fi. But it takes a great game to make a
human character that feels so real I blame myself for not being there for her,
for not caring enough, for not knowing how to help, for not being able to save
I see sides of myself reflected in the characters of Life Is Strange, good and
bad. In other games I can brush it off with: “there are dragons/zombies/aliens
in this world, of course I wouldn’t act this way if it was set in the real
world”, but I can’t in Life Is Strange. Because the characters feel so real,
and because this filter between them and me (which is usually used in other
games so less real characters still seem believable) isn’t there, the
connection feels stronger.
What are you hoping to see next from Life is
I really want to
explore more of Max’s time powers, and find out if other people (Rachel in
particular) also has powers like that. I don’t necessarily want to find out
where they come from or why Max has them, but I still want to know more about what
she can do.
Are you planning a big celebration once Episode
5 is released?
That will be such a
big thing I don’t even know if I’ll be prepared in time. I know I definitely
want to do something, but I don’t know what.
I do have some definite plans for the subreddit after Episode 5 though, so
while people will probably be sad that it’s over (me included), they’ll at
least have something to do.
Lastly, what has been your favourite moment in Life
is Strange so far?
Without a doubt
Wednesday morning when Max and Chloe are just lying in bed listening to music.
I saw the prompt to “Get Up”, but I never even considered pressing Space. I
just leaned back and enjoyed the moment until the song was over. You don’t
really get many moments like that in games.
Big thanks to Andy for answering our questions. Be sure to check out the Subreddit if you are looking for a great fan community to discuss Life is Strange with.
Seoul, South Korea iKON: Your Next Favorite K-pop Boy Band
By MTV Iggy
July 6, 2015
Where They’re From: Seoul, South Korea
Genre: K-pop, hip-hop, R&B, soul
For Fans Of: Big Bang, Drake, Big Sean, Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: An underground rap battle mixed with the gleaming, futuristic sounds of Seoul.
Korean boy band iKON is proof that perseverance pays off. Under the banner of Team B, together Bobby, B.I., Kim Jinhwan, Goo Junhoe, Song Yunhyeong, and Kim Donghyuk faced off against WINNER in the 2013 music competition, WIN: Who Is Next? The coveted prize of the show was the opportunity to debut as artists under YG Entertainment—a dream for aspiring bands who can toil for years as trainees, without officially becoming K-pop stars. However, the members of Team B were defeated in the final showdown, leaving their fate as pop idols seemingly in peril.
Although Team B was unable to debut, they did release two singles in conjunction with the show, an EP titled Win: Final Battle. The bittersweet track “Climax” paired stirring string instrumentation with pounding rap interludes, and the touching refrain, “No limit gon’ touch the sky.” Team B also delivered a version of the joyous electro-pop gem, “Just Another Boy.”
Their dramatic journey towards stardom did not end with their stint on WIN: Who Is Next? Bobby and B.I. were also contestants on the rap battle program Show Me the Money 3 as well as in 2014′s Mix & Match. There, they competed as iKON under Team B once again. Though prior to the launch of the TV shows, the group released the downtempo pop-rock ballad, “Wait for Me,” which implored fans and audiences to standby while they continued their arduous journey towards fame.
While the group is collectively brilliant, iKON’s Bobby and B.I. are standouts with skills reminiscent of Big Bang’s G-Dragon and T.O.P. While participating in both competitions, Bobby received accolades for co-writing “Empty,” the hit track of WINNER’s debut, 2014 S/S. The dynamic duo also garnered additional spotlight opportunities when they appeared on Epik High’s old-school collaboration, Born Hater. Under the tutelage of hip-hop phenomenons Dok2 and the Quiett, Bobby delivered rapid-fire rhymes, spitting over killer beats of anthems such as “YGGR.” Bobby eventually emerged as the champion of Show Me the Money 3, defeating other seasoned competitors.
The road towards a debut was a lengthy one for iKON, but the boys are poised to be the hottest act in K-pop. Last month, Yang Hyun Suk, the head of YG, announced that the group will debut after the release of Big Bang’s MADE. After winning over the hearts of Korean pop and hip-hop fans with their reality show appearances, iKON will have their glorious chance in the spotlight.
Hi! People are saying lay said someth homophobic in happy camp? And I was just wondering if you know what exactly happened? Thank you. :3
hii~! I think this is about something he said on happy camp back in 2013, in which they jokingly asked who had showered with Tao. when everyone but Chen and Lay put their hands up, the hosts asked why Lay hadn’t showered with him. To this, Lay said, “I’m not personally used to two men showering together”. Personally (and as a member of the lgbtq+ community), I don’t see anything homophobic about it though. He didn’t say, “two men showering together is disgusting”. He said he wasn’t used to it. To be fair, as a shy lady who generally associates showering together with intimacy, I’m not really used to it either. So in my opinion, there was nothing homophobic about it, but it’s up to personal interpretation I guess. c:
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