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5:00 PM on 06.30.2012

HAWP: Burch has finally crossed the line

I know the Burch siblings have done some incredibly wrong things in Hey Ash, Watcha Playin'? in the past, but this... this is a whole new ballgame. Take the "Shift" mechanic from Driver: San Francisco, give that ability to A...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 06.17.2012

HAWP: The splendiferous, monumentous E3 2012 trilogy

Because Anthony was stuck rubbing his nuts on the Borderlands 2 booth for most of E3, it was up to Ash to get the Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? video content up this year. She manages to touch upon all the necessary bases: Papa ...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 05.19.2012

HAWP: Anthony Burch has no shame

So typical. Anthony Burch has a platform upon which he can share his insight into the value of videogames as a medium, yet he would rather throw all his credibility away for some cheap cheesecake exposure. He's not even all ...

Tony Ponce

12:00 AM on 05.06.2012

HAWP: Anthony needs to learn to nut up

Seriously, even Blavis has got more cojones than him. He needs to learn to stop taking part in Ashley's various activities. The latest episode of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? contrasts sandbox and linear game designs via food metaphors. Yummy yet ultimately harmless food. Naturally, things go horribly wrong. HAWP: Dinner Metaphors [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 04.13.2012

HAWP: Ash and her sticky fingers

If she continues to develop at such an alarming rate, Ashly will one day have to skills to conquer this and every other dimension. She must be stopped at all costs! This week's episode of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? is about S...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 04.02.2012

HAWP: Ash is always right

Any opportunity to watch Anthony Burch get served is worth your time. Then again, since he co-writes Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, he's kinda serving himself, so he still wins out in the end. I think. In any case, Ashly explain...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 03.16.2012

HAWP: The healing power of Rayman Origins

I was sitting here, thinking to myself that it's been a while since someone made light of cancer and the elderly. Then the Burch siblings came along and made my world all the brighter. Except for the death part. That sh*t's ...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 02.17.2012

HAWP: Anthony is a drama PRINCESS, not a queen

My mistake. There is a clear difference. Here is part 2 of the Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Season 3 finale. Our characters have grown over the last few episodes, culminating in a pivotal moment for the show after which nothing...

Tony Ponce

3:00 AM on 02.06.2012

HAWP: Anthony is such a drama queen

God, I am such a BUTT! Why am I always a week late for this show!? Tony, you dumb doo-doo head! Anyway, here is the first part of the Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Season 3 finale. There's a bunch of karate action and Foot Soldi...

Tony Ponce

2:00 AM on 01.26.2012

HAWP: Why is there a bird on your shoulder?

It's seriously the most random thing ever. This installment of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? premiered during MAGFest, but I didn't bother to check for any new show uploads on GameTrailers until just a few hours ago. I hope you ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 12.02.2011

HAWP: Shake, shake, shake!!!

["Marina Liteyears" thumbnail care of Ashley Davis] Through fire, justice is served! To punish evil forces, I have been charged! A hero in a shining armor is called! HAWP: Mischief Makers [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 11.19.2011

HAWP: It's Ashley Davis time!

Ashley Davis is so sweet and adorable. Except when she's not. Davis Helps Out [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 10.22.2011

HAWP: Papa Burch in drag

All Ashly wanted to do was have a family fun night, but Anthony had to be a prissy little b*tch. Look at Papa Burch! He's totally a team player, not to mention "sassy and fierce." Oh, Papa Burch... Heads up: beware the Tank! HAWP: Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 10.09.2011

HAWP: The ultimate permadeath run

Ashly is a man's man (???). A permadeath run of FarCry 2? That's for babies. No, she's got a bigger fish to fry. Will she succeed in her quest? Hit the jump to find out. Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Fallout: New Vegas [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce

3:30 PM on 09.24.2011

HAWP: Blavis likes Anthony's pube beard

It's a good thing that Anthony shaved that disgusting thing off. I didn't want to say anything before, but now that it's out in the open... In the latest Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, the Burch children continue to pollute all that is good and wholesome in the world. Simply disgusting. HAWP: Lord of the Rings [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce

Ashly Burch wants to know how games saved your life photo
Ashly Burch wants to know how games saved your life
by Jonathan Holmes

I've got a theory about gamers. Just like with Erikson's eight stages of psychological development, I think all gamers go through stages of assessing why they play games. When you first start gaming, learning about various genres and engaging in a little escapism might be enough. When we get older, it seems that gamers need to find a way to make gaming about more than just having fun, or else they end up either dropping the hobby, or worse, hating themselves for still loving it. 

If my theory holds true, it looks as though Ashly Burch (star and co-creator of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin') won't be falling into guilt, stagnation, or despair anytime soon. Her new blog, How Games Saved My Life, is an altruistic and noble attempt to show gamers, and the world, that videogames can be an important and enriching aspect of a person's life. Each submission on the site shows a different side of gaming's potential worth. Topics include coming to grips with gender identity (Perfect Dark), understanding love and grief (Passage), dealing with a dysfunctional family (Tailspin), and coping with divorce (The Sims).

You can submit to How Games Saved My Life here. I've already started on my submission. How about you?

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