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Welcome back to “Leading the Pack,” FemHype crew! Today, I want to look at not one, but two fabulous video game ladies: Max Caulfield and Chloe Price from Life Is Strange. I want to examine these two together because they’re great counterparts of each other as well as fantastic characters in their own right. For example, while Max is shy and Chloe is outspoken, both help the other to come out of their shell, and they deal with some of their own insecurities through the continual care and support they show each other.
Chloe and Max grew up together in Arcadia Bay, a fictional city in Oregon, before Max left and the two lost contact. However, at the beginning of the game, Max has returned to attend Blackwell Academy’s prestigious photography course. Max loves photography—from artistic metaphorical shots to the simple selfie (although, as we learn, the selfie has a long history beginning with the Daguerreian process). Max herself decries the idea that these selfies are something to be made fun of. As she says, she’s in great company, and they seem to help her self-confidence, which she sometimes struggles with.
Chloe also struggles with self-image, and many fans celebrate her character as a realistic and positive portrayal of borderline personality disorder, along with other mental illnesses such as depression. Despite these struggles, she remains an extremely supportive and loyal person. One of the first things we learn about her is that she is the only one who made an effort to look for the missing Rachel Amber, and she continually supports Max in believing in herself and her dreams of becoming a professional, award-winning photographer.