[Trigger Warning: Mentions of anxiety, depression, drugs, self-harm, & suicide.]
Like many of the staff here at FemHype, I am a big fan of Life Is Strange. I jumped on the bandwagon quite late—just before Episode 4 was released in July—but better later than never. Life Is Strange has been praised for its character development and narrative. Articles (including many on this site) have talked about LGBTQIA+ and feminist perspectives within the game, too. It’s safe to suggest Life Is Strange has affected many people on a deeply personal level for multiple reasons. But whereas gamers have praised the depiction of Max, Chloe, their relationship, and others, one character stood out to me: Kate Marsh.
Kate Marsh is a sweet young girl described as modest and a “goody-two shoes.” She is also the victim of bullying. Ultimately, the player discovers that Kate was drugged at a party, and that a viral video of her in a compromising position is making the rounds at school. The player spends most of Episode 2 making choices on how to interact with Kate—from deciding to erase the link to the video off a bathroom wall, whether to contact the police, and to answer a phone call from her (much to Chloe’s chagrin). Regardless of your choices, however, Kate is still left upset, and is last seen crying after talking with Mr. Jefferson. This eventually leads to what was the most disturbing scene in the game for me: Kate’s suicide attempt from the top of the girl’s dorm.
In Life Is Strange, the player is able to stop time long enough to make it to the roof to try and persuade Kate. Based on the choices you make, Kate either steps down (thus saving her) or she jumps to her death. Since you used so much of your power to stop time, you are unable to rewind in order to save her.