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Nov 09 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Oct 07 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Sep 27 // Ashley Davis

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...
Sep 13 // Ashley Davis

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...
Aug 27 // Ashley Davis

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...
Aug 13 // Ashley Davis

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...
Aug 04 // Ashley Davis

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...
Jul 30 // Ashley Davis

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
Jul 19 // Ashley Davis

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...
Jul 07 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Jul 02 // Ashley Davis

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.
Jun 04 // Ashley Davis

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!  
May 21 // Ashley Davis

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...
May 07 // Ashley Davis

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!
May 04 // Ashley Davis

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...
Apr 07 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Mar 27 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Mar 17 // Ashley Davis

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...
Mar 17 // Ashley Davis

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...
Mar 12 // Ashley Davis

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...
Mar 11 // Ashley Davis

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,...
Mar 11 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Mar 11 // Ashley Davis

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...
Mar 10 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Mar 10 // Ashley Davis

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...
Mar 10 // Ashley Davis

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 ...
Mar 02 // Ashley Davis

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...
Feb 17 // Ashley Davis

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...
Feb 15 // Ashley Davis

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...
Feb 02 // Ashley Davis

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...






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