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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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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 ...

Ashley Davis

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...

Ashley Davis

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 ...

Ashley Davis

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...

Ashley Davis

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...

Ashley Davis

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...

Ashley Davis

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 ...

Ashley Davis

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...

Ashley Davis