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Playstation, bad mothers, and castles: 7 essential new subreddits

In February, redditors spent the mostly chilly month of February poring over some of the site’s most unique—and disturbing—offerings.


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Playstation 4. Castles. Mothers behaving very badly.

Throughout February 2013, redditors continued their exploration of Reddit’s newest—and oldest—subreddits that deviated from the offerings of r/WTF, r/pics, and other defaults. After getting their fill of football and bird reactions in January 2013, redditors spent the mostly chilly month of February poring over some of the site’s most unique—and disturbing—offerings.

We at the Daily Dot compiled a list of seven such subreddits that saw significant, and occasionally steady, subscriber growth throughout February. 

1) r/ps4

Subscribers: 5,700+

Once details of Sony’s new Playstation 4 broke on Feb. 20, redditors flocked to r/PS4 in droves. It had been a community since 2010, long before rumors of a successor to the Playstation 3 even surfaced. Subscribers discuss everything from the console’s specifics to proposed games to even what they hope their experiences will be like.

2) r/greendawn

Subscribers: 13,100+

In September 2012, redditors were charged with a mission: to strategically place plastic green Army men toys in various locations throughout their respective hometowns. As the mission of our nation’s smallest military branch increased, so did subscribers to r/greendawn. Community members post pictures of their carefully-positioned soldiers on everything from toilets to car windshields to even the legendary red carpet at the Oscars.

3) r/badmothers (NSFW)

Subscribers: 1,700+

This NSFW subreddit captures mothers from all corners of the world in decidedly un-parental situations. From apathetic childcare examples to their offspring creeping into nude/sexy pictures, r/badmothers collected close to 2,000 subscribers since quietly coming onto the scene in November 2012.

4) r/IdBuyThat

Subscribers: 2,300+

Would you buy a Lego replica of the first Apple computer? How about a portrait of Louis C.K. made entirely out of Cheetos? In r/IdBuyThat, subscribers pass the time between Christmases and birthdays sharing wish lists with one another, one item at a time.

5) r/warthunder

Subscribers: 1,600+

r/warthunder was established in June 2012 as a community for the MMO game War Thunder. As interest in the free game continued to soar, so did subscribers to the subreddit, which reached over 1,600 “pilots” in February. The community recounts favorite moments in the game, trades questions, and proposes strategies for future missions.

6) r/hiddenwow

Subscribers: 1,800+

Azeroth is a huge place. Some of the more sharp-eyed players of World of Warcraft have admired the game’s many hidden gems. From heavily-detailed building window decorations to breathtaking landscape views to even unique NPCs (non-player characters), r/hiddenwow’s subscribers help each other share the hidden beauties of the Blizzard jewel.

7) r/castles

Subscribers: 11,600

While castle construction may have died out long ago, the interest in the residences and fortresses of old is still very much alive. The thousands of subscribers to r/castles, a community since 2009, saw an unexpected yet steady surge throughout February. As a result, even more images of castle exteriors, interiors, and even bucket lists have surfaced on the subreddit.

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