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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

Ashley Davis

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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2:20 PM on 11.03.2009

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 i...

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5:00 PM on 10.30.2009

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 ...

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4:00 PM on 10.30.2009

Eight last-minute Halloween costumes for gamers

Poor little videogame-lovin' naked guy. Halloween is literally just around the corner, and he still has no costume! It could be that he can't decide on who to be. Perhaps someone from one of those games he likes so much... bu...

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4:00 PM on 10.19.2009

Nothing is Sacred: Cute characters suck

Take a look at the lineup of four characters above. If you could choose three of them to be in your party based on looks alone, who would you choose? The spiky haired silent hero? The bulky, muscular bad ass? The waif female ...

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4:00 PM on 10.05.2009

The art of Once Upon a Pixel: BioShock

I made a video. It was the pilot episode of Once Upon a Pixel, a sort of sister series to the ever-popular Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'. It has a lot of art in it that I drew. People asked me if I would upload that art for their ...

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2:00 PM on 10.02.2009

Review: Champions Online

Ah, the MMO. It's a tricky beast, alright. Making one seems to be such a delicate process. As developers and publishers try to replicate the immense success of World of Warcraft, we've seen few succeed and many fail. City of ...

Ashley Davis

2:20 PM on 10.01.2009

Once Upon a Pixel: Bioshock

If we lived in a world where videogames didn't exist, where would their stories go? Into science fiction books? Big budget movies? Gritty graphic novels? Educational children's shows? My brand new series, as previously seen i...

Ashley Davis

4:00 PM on 09.28.2009

The Forgotten: The King's Field series

Demon's Souls is an upcoming game that has been getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Not only does it have a difficulty level that's leaving the most hardcore gamers screaming, but it's doing a lot of awesome, new t...

Ashley Davis

10:40 AM on 09.22.2009

RunMan: Race Around the World dated and trailerized

In December of 2005, we were blessed with the gift of RunMan's Monster Fracas, a simple, charming, and hugely addictive indie game. Now the followup game, RunMan: Race Around the World, has been dated for release! It's coming...

Ashley Davis

4:00 PM on 09.21.2009

The Flora and Fauna of Gaming: Slimes

There's an old adage that states, "To defeat your enemies, you must know your enemies." This way of thinking could not be truer in the case of playing a game. That's why manuals and tutorials give players a little b...

Ashley Davis

8:00 PM on 09.18.2009

GDC Austin 09: Storytelling Through Independent Games

Alec Holowka, formerly one half of Bit Blot (Aquaria) and currently the head of Infinite Ammo (Paper Moon), was the last speaker to go on at the Independent Games Summit of GDC Austin. A lot of the talks to go on in the hours...

Ashley Davis

10:13 AM on 09.17.2009

GDC Austin 09: Twisted Pixel's 'Splosion Man Postmortem

We all know that Twisted Pixel's 'Splosion Man is a great game. But do you know how it was made, what went into it, or what mistakes were made during its development? I didn't either, until I attended Mike Henry and Sean Rile...

Ashley Davis

2:16 PM on 09.16.2009

GDC Austin 09: Flashbang: How to Make a Game in 8 Weeks

It's very likely that you've played the hell out of one of Flashbang Studio's games. They've been on a roll the past few years with releases like Off Road Velociraptor Safari and Minotaur China Shop.Matthew Wegner and Steve S...

Ashley Davis

5:10 PM on 09.15.2009

GDC Austin 09: The Fantastic Contraption Postmortem

Fantastic Contraption is a Flash-based browser game. Colin Northway is the man who made it. He is now a full time game developer for it. It's as simple a story as the game itself. The Independent Games Summit of GDC Austin 09...

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4:00 PM on 09.15.2009

From the Console to the TV Station: Part 6

Today's From the Console to the TV Station is a very special one, or it is to me, anyway. There is only one show up for discussion, but it is my favorite example of a game-to-TV adaptation in theory and in practice. It's a show that many people watched as children, and one that people often forget was a game first.Hit the jump; what's there may be a pleasant surprise.

Ashley Davis

12:58 PM on 09.15.2009

GDC Austin 09: Gaijin Games: Holistic Indie Game Design

Many eyes have been upon Bit.Trip developers Gaijin Games recently. They are just barely a year old, but within the span of six months, they've already made three fantastic games. Not only that, but more is still to come mere...

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