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Awesome drawing of me by Jack Maverick!

Hi! My name is Ashley. I like video games, and to write and draw. Sometimes I combine the three. I have a huge knowledge of video game trivia and pop culture trivia in general, and I like to overanalyze things both for fun and for your entertainment.

I also like ducks and koala cookies.

My favorite game genres are puzzles, platformers, and scrolling shooters. I also really enjoy Mario Kart. But I don't like to limit myself, so I'll give anything a go at least once.

Even though my first console was an NES, I grew up mostly on the Genesis. Much of my childhood was spent playing Sonic 2 multiplayer by myself. I would switch the controller after every round and play both characters evenly so that it would always end in a tie.

I am a little shy, so you may have to prod me, but I would love to be your newest friend!

E-mail: stripedbird at gmail dot com
Gtalk: stripedbird at gmail dot com
AIM: odd looking bird
Xbox Live: Horned Child (currently offline)
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Also, ducks - Duck is now living with a zookeeper in Alabama who can supply him with a bigger swimming area than a bathtub. He is in a better place, free of Zappers and laughing dogs.


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3:40 PM on 11.09.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Adventure Games, Pt. 2

Finally! Here is part two of this season's HAWP finale! Anthony wants to apologize for the delay, but you can't really rush something this awesome. Once again, the sprite work (and the editing, and the sound mixing) was done ...

Ashley Davis

2:30 PM on 10.07.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Super Mario Bros.

The season finale of Once Upon a Pixel is finally here! This episode is probably my favorite of them all. It was really fun to make, and covers three of my favorite things ever: the Mario series,  kaiju movies, and ...

Ashley Davis

3:40 PM on 09.27.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Adventure Games, Pt. 1

The first part of HAWP's two-parter finale is here! Actually, it was here on Friday, but I was too busy working on a finale of my own to be able to post about it here... thankfully, stuff this good never expires. And it's onl...

Ashley Davis

1:20 PM on 09.13.2010

GT's Content Creators Showcase, feat. Burch and Davis

This year at PAX, I had the privilege of being on a panel along with the Reverend Anthony Burch, Screwattack's Craig Skistimas, and Mega 64's Rocco Botte. We discussed our philosophies on entertaining gamers w...

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4:20 PM on 08.27.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Rhythm Heaven

You could easily accuse this week's HAWP of prioritizing aural pleasure over humor. We're pretty much okay with that, considering the aural pleasure in question comes from the mind of one Danny Baranowsky -- if you've ever pl...

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3:00 PM on 08.13.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Mass Effect 2

This week's HAWP is about Mass Effect 2 in the same way that Star Wars is about astronomy. If you follow this metaphor to its conclusion, Fuddrucker's is the Death Star! Consider that. In other HAWP-related news, the "least...

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3:00 PM on 08.04.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Ms. Pac Man

With only two more episodes to go until its first season ends, I decided to revisit the original storybook style for this month's Once Upon a Pixel. It mashes together an arcade classic with the Little Golden B...

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3:00 PM on 07.30.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Ico

This week's HAWP is about Ico and gender politics and games. That's right -- we went from lowbrow "Anthony is gay" jokes to female empowerment in two weeks. WHAT. Ultimately, this week's episode was worth it for this comment alone: veeren that was too funny the ending was so jokes

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1:40 PM on 07.19.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Gears of War

Sorry guys! This post about this (well, last) week's episode was a little late because of some unforeseen circumstances, not the least of which being the fact that not everyone finds it funny when a sixty-year-old man te...

Ashley Davis

1:20 PM on 07.07.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Prinny

The newest episode of Once Upon a Pixel is up on Gametrailers! This one's for all of you who grew up with the likes of Smokey, McGruff, Woodsy, and the dozens of other PSA animal mascots of the 80s and 90s. It's also for all ...

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1:30 PM on 07.02.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Fable II

This week's episode of Hey Ash Whatcha Playin' deals with Fable II -- specifically, the game's ending. This is your spoiler warning!!A few months ago, nearly every video had at least one commenter who claimed that HAWP should have a spinoff with just the Papa Burch character in it. Little did they know that HAWP would essentially become that show!Anyway, hope you enjoy the episode.

Ashley Davis

1:20 PM on 06.04.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': The Sims

This week's episode is about: The Sims, marriage, and the difference between myself and Ashly Burch, in that order. It's one of Anthony's favorite episodes, and is kind of a sequel to his Destructoid farewell post. Kind of. Not really. Anyway, hope you enjoy the episode!  

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1:20 PM on 05.21.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': The Ballad of Bullet Bill

Bullet Bill is one of gaming's most tragic characters. That may sound silly, but it's totally true! His only purpose is to kill Mario, but he's so easy to avoid. Poor guy. The proof is in this week's episode of HAWP. Watch it...

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1:20 PM on 05.07.2010

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! I know it's a little early, but the newest episode of HAWP hands the reins over to Mama Burch (who they obviously inherited their film-making skills from) in celebration. Like the good children they are, Anthony and Ashly give her episode idea a try. It's up now, and you can watch it. Just head on over to Gametrailers. Enjoy!

Ashley Davis

1:20 PM on 05.04.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Uncharted

So, this is a brand new episode of Once Upon a Pixel. I finished it thinking it one of the best, but not a lot of people seem to share the same sentiment. It may be because I channeled 40 year old adventure shows like Da...

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1:20 PM on 04.07.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Animal Crossing

Throughout the three versions of Animal Crossing, my town, Roothill, has been home to dozens of cute animals and lots of fun times. I've played regularly since the GC version and don't ever want to stop! This episode of Once ...

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4:00 PM on 03.27.2010

Why Cave Story is the greatest videogame ever

Everyone has a game or series of games that they love above all others. A while back, a few of my fellow editors wrote articles proclaiming their favorites. I love talking about the games I love, so this was an idea I wanted ...

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7:30 PM on 03.17.2010

GDC 10: Make 'em laugh: Comedy in games

Rhianna Pratchett (Overlord series), Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend) and Sean Vanaman (Tales of Monkey Island), three of gaming comedy's biggest names, got together to do a panel at GDC this year. The...

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1:00 PM on 03.17.2010

GDC 10: Creating the cinematic experience of Uncharted 2

Uncharted 2 delivers what its devs called an "active cinematic experience." "Active" represents player interaction, "cinematic" represents the "movie quality" they want their games to have, and "experience" represents the sum...

Ashley Davis

12:00 PM on 03.12.2010

GDC 10: From Metroid to Tomodachi Collection to WarioWare

Yoshio Sakamoto is a man who needs very little introduction. He is one of the most famous team members from Nintendo's R&D1 department and has directed such masterpieces as Super Metroid and the WarioWare games. It was an...

Ashley Davis

8:00 PM on 03.11.2010

Metroid: Other M was almost an on-rails game (UPDATED)

Today I had the privilege of attending a GDC talk by Yoshio Sakamoto of Nintendo*, who is perhaps most famous for his work on the Metroid series. He divulged many of the secrets behind his history as a producer and gamemaker,...

Ashley Davis

2:30 PM on 03.11.2010

GDC 10: Tripping the art fantastic

The full name of the talk was "Tripping the art fantastic: A beginner's guide to the brains of these here artists". It featured Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy), David Hellman (Braid) and Derek Yu (Spelunky). As a fan of all ...

Ashley Davis

11:40 AM on 03.11.2010

GDC 10: Falling to your death: The Canabalt postmortem

Canabalt is one of my favorite iPhone games ever. It's very simple, yet so fun and addictive. Lots of other people think so too. Both the iPhone and free online versions have become a hit, garnering recognition from all sorts...

Ashley Davis

7:40 PM on 03.10.2010

Flixel announced for iPhone

Flixel is a free Actionscript library that enables ActionScript3 programmers to prototype and create new games quickly and easily. It's a pretty awesome tool, and games like Canabalt, Fathom and Tuper Tario Bros. (among many ...

Ashley Davis

11:20 AM on 03.10.2010

GDC 10: Why gaming veterans are flocking to social gaming

The names Brenda Brathwaite, Brian Reynolds, Noah Falstein and Steve Meretzky may not be instantly recognizable, but their gamemaking pedigrees are more than enough proof of their service to core gamers. Meretzky created, amo...

Ashley Davis

10:00 AM on 03.10.2010

GDC 10: Teaching child violence prevention through gaming

Allan McCullough is a man with a very noble quest. He wants to help educate children so that they know how to deal with violence. How does he plan to do it? Videogames. As someone who loves to see developers use the power of ...

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1:20 PM on 03.02.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Chu Chu Rocket

Puzzle games are my favorite genre, and near the tippy top of that list is Chu Chu Rocket for the Dreamcast. Why? It's certainly not because I'm good at it. A screen exploding with cats and mice creates so much cha...

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4:00 PM on 02.17.2010

Why 8-bit will never die (and why that's awesome)

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or ho...

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4:00 PM on 02.15.2010

The art of Once Upon a Pixel: Metal Gear: Worlds of Power

The formula for this month's episode of Once Upon a Pixel was a bit of an experiment. Instead of taking a game's story and adapting/twisting it to fit something else, we decided instead to delve into the world of videogame-ba...

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2:20 PM on 02.02.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Metal Gear: Worlds of Power

I forget exactly why, but a while back, Anthony and I procured most of the books in the Worlds of Power series. For those of you who are unfamiliar, they were a set of Nintendo videogame novelizations that came out durin...

Ashley Davis

9:00 AM on 01.15.2010

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom coming in Feburary

A lot of us here at Dtoid have been really excited about The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom for a long time. It wasn't too long ago that 2K Play announced that they would be publishing the title, and because it came ...

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4:00 PM on 01.14.2010

The art of Once Upon a Pixel: Mega Man

It seems that a lot of people really enjoyed this month's episode of Once Upon a Pixel, which makes me incredibly happy because it's a combination of two of my earliest loves: videogames and educational books. If you hav...

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1:00 PM on 01.06.2010

Once Upon a Pixel: Mega Man

Another month, another episode of Once Upon a Pixel. According to Mr. Burch, this is the "purest" episode so far -- that is to say, it is the one that is the cutest and sweetest. It is also the most Mega Man-ish episode to da...

Ashley Davis

4:00 PM on 12.24.2009

The gamer's 12 days of Christmas

Did you know that the list of items in the famous 12 Days of Christmas carol are actually major symbols of Christianity? It's true! "My true love" really represents the Christian God, and all the strange things like turtle do...

Ashley Davis

4:00 PM on 12.21.2009

The seven best videogame manuals of all time

Growing up, birthdays and Christmases were about the only times I would ever get new games. I was always excited to play them right away, but when you're a kid, you have to at least feign courteousness and wait for everyone e...

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4:00 PM on 12.18.2009

Behind the scenes of Once Upon a Pixel: Silent Hill 2

I made one of those Once Upon a Pixel things again. It premiered last Monday, but if you haven't seen it yet, I've got a link right here. You might like it! It's on Silent Hill 2. If you have watched it, you may be interested...

Ashley Davis

1:00 PM on 12.08.2009

Once Upon a Pixel: Silent Hill 2

It's the first Monday of December! Hopefully, you know what that means. If not, I guess I'll tell you: it's time for another episode of Once Upon a Pixel, the webseries that explores an alternate universe where videogames do ...

Ashley Davis

4:00 PM on 11.25.2009

Badass of the Month Club: Terry S. Taylor

Time once more for the Badass of the Month Club, wherein the staff highlights a character or industry figure of noteworthy badassery. American singer/songwriter Terry Scott Taylor is probably not a name that rings a bell to m...

Ashley Davis

4:00 PM on 11.16.2009

Do the wrong thing: Breaking Sasha's promise

Last week, I was happily playing through Half-Minute Hero when all of a sudden, I did something very bad. Naturally, a lot of evil can be done when you're playing videogames. Some "normal" activities like bopping baddies or d...

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4:00 PM on 11.09.2009

The art of Once Upon a Pixel: Katamari Damacy

Did you enjoy last week's Once Upon a Pixel episode? Want some insight as to how and why I created the dark world that Death Ball takes place in? If the answer to either of these questions is "no", then maybe you haven't seen...

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