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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 and take an&nb...

 
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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 Ashl...

 
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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 Danger Island whi...

 
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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 Upon a Pixel is...

 
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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 to jump in on. ...

 
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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. Their topic was co...

 
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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 of all the gam...

 
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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 honor to be in...

 
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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, including quit...

 
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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 three and an ar...

 
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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 of places. Tha...

 
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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 others!) wouldn...

 
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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, among other things...

 
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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 games to do goo...

 
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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 chaos that it's ha...

 
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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 how our moms rais...

 
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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-based literature....

 
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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 during the 80s. As y...

 
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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 after a long wa...

 
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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 haven't seen it ye...

 
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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 date, and the mos...

 
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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 doves and milking...

 
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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 else to open the...

 
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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 in how it came...

 
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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 not exist. But ...

 
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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 many people. Ove...

 
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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 destroying their...

 
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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 it yet. I'll g...

 
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Once Upon a Pixel: Katamari Damacy

Once Upon a Pixel kicks off its official first season with an episode based on Katamari Damacy! Except this time, it's not a bright and happy videogame about consumerism. You see, in the world of Once Upon a Pixel, Katamari is called Death ...

 
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dTunes Editor's Week Day 10: Ashley Davis

[dTunes is a community organized blog showcasing the musical tastes of Destructoid's users. For two weeks, the editorial team is commandeering the series because, hey, we like music too. To further expand your horizons, make sure to check o...

 

About Ashley Davisone of us since 12:17 PM on 03.24.2008


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)
DeviantArt: CLICK
Facebook: CLICK
Twitter: CLICK


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.


Xbox LIVE:Horned Child
Mii code:0380 3425 8730 1702


 

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