Web Video / Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, aka HAWP, is a video series by Destructoid, (formerly) hosted on Gametrailers.

It is presented in short episodes, usually only a few minutes long. Any given episode typically begins with Ashly's older brother, Anthony, asking his sister what game she's currently playing, whereupon she responds and the siblings (and sometimes their friends) conduct a skit/parody of said game. Said skit can consist of her acting as the game's characters, putting herself into the game's situation and acting completely unlike the characters (she'd rather play Connect Four with herself than fight the horde) or even just sitting and yelling at the game while she plays it.

Tropes that apply to Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?:

  • Adventures in Comaland: In the Driver: San Francisco episode, The Stinger reveals most of the episode to have been a coma-induced hallucination on Ash's part.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Anthony and Papa Burch buying Bone Town.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Ash and Anthony are mixed-race (their mom is Thai/East Indian according to Ashly's Facebook profile) and Anthony describes himself as "brown" in a couple of videos. This results in Anthony being accused of being a terrorist by Ash and Papa Burch in the Red Faction Guerrilla episode.
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Anthony, who gets married to Ashley Davis... and refuses to have sex with her, until she cosplays as Big Boss... and writes disturbing Gears of War yaoi after that.
    • In the Quantum Conundrum episode it's shown that his nightmare is his wife asking to have intercourse. His fantasy is a half dressed guy asking the same thing... And his wife watches.
    • Ash herself gets this treatment in "Noir", where she agrees to help Blavis because of her "half-decent rack". She also gets excited over boobs in the "Lara Croft" and "Sexy Booth Babes" episodes.
      • In the trailer for her DLC pack for Saints Row IV, Ash is taken on a tour of Volition headquarters, spies a cardboard cutout of Shaundi, and takes it into the bathroom for some alone time. Most of the Kerbal Space Program episode is Ashly expressing her admiration for Ashley Davis' ass using space analogies.
  • And Starring: Ashley Davis always gets this credit, even though she appears in the larger majority of episodes by now.
  • Armed with Canon: In the Borderlands 2 episode, this is how Ashly!Anthony celebrates that whatever he writes becomes canon.
    Ashly!Anthony: I can create universes with my motherfucking mind!
  • Badass: Papa Burch, who has had orgies, done all the things you could do in Saints Row: The Third in real life, and could tell when Ashly was about to possess him after rendering herself comatose and, in equal measure, scare her off.
  • Bait and Switch: In "Noir", Ashley recruits Ashly to find a man who is "a lover and a brother" to her. She's talking about her Mario figurine, not Anthony.
  • Big Head Mode: In the NFL Blitz episode, Mama Burch said that she put in the Big Head code into the game when she was pregnant with him and is still limping from it to this day.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Anthony and Ashly's (in-universe) grandmother in Rayman Origins speaks actual Arabic at the beginning. She's even credited as Teta in the credits which is Arabic for Grandma.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The Katamari Damacy episode in which the punchline ends with "Sometimes life isn't funny".
    • The Monkey Island episode, where Papa Burch finds the airport massacre in Modern Warfare 2 hilarious. It would be a Dude, Not Funny!, if not for the lampshading by Ashly's horrified face.
    • The NBA Jam episode where the Burch clan are using a baby as a basketball. Gets even funnier when Papa Burch slamdunks the baby into a garbage can.
  • Body Horror: Played with in the FEAR 3 episode: the only thing Ash finds scary is how Anthony's body becomes disfigured when playing AR Games on the 3DS with the AR card on his body.
  • Boring Insult: Even while there's plenty of stuff to see and do on her trip to Volition's offices, Ash is quickly bored of everything before her.
  • Breakout Character: Papa Burch increasingly gets more screen time than Anthony and Ashley.
  • Butt Monkey: Anthony is usually on the receiving end of this.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ash herself.
    • Also Ashley Davis, who rarely seems aware of what's going on around her.
  • Cool Old Guy: The siblings' father, Mr. Burch. He plays games just like his kids do, and resembles Big Boss.
  • Crossdresser: Ash is fond of wearing suits (surprisingly, in "Noir", she isn't wearing a suit, but does have fake stubble), and dressed up as Francis from Left 4 Dead in one episode. Papa Burch and her sister-in-law Davis dressed up as, respectively, Zoey and Louis from the same game, while Anthony has dressed up as Sakura from Street Fighter.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Anthony is on the receiving end of this from Ash, Davis and Papa in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth
  • Deadpan Snarker: Papa Burch, full stop.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Played for Black Comedy laughs in the Borderlands 2 episode when Ash!Anthony feels he'll never write a game as witty or hilarious as Portal 2
  • The Dog Bites Back: The Yoshis Cookie episode, where Anthony figures out that Ashly's latest fit of weirdness can be exploited by deliberately placing four objects in a row.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In their (now taken down) Magfest 9 promo video, Ashley Davis mentions that John St. John will be there. Ashly Burch subsequently says she will rape him. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
  • Jerkass:
    • Ashly, whose antics generally involve someone getting hurt.
    • Papa Burch has some very dark tastes, and has a very low (and justified) opinion of his children.note 
  • Lecherous Licking: Beware: if you break the rules of Local Multiplayer Etiquette, Papa Burch will lick your face.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Anthony gets kind of frustrated when people meet David "Papa" Burch in real life and cons and they're annoyed that he's not a jerk like in the show.
  • Minecart Madness: One of the things Ash sells to the Mayor of the city in the Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze episode.
  • Missing Mom: In a way. Mama Burch is just camera shy.
  • Most Common Superpower: Discussed Trope. In their opinion, there's nothing wrong with fanservice, but a character needs to have personality traits beyond being sexy.
  • Nintendo Hard: The Trauma Center episode includes a Take That against Atlus:
    "I never beat Trauma Center!"
    "Nobody did, it's a fuckin' Atlus game."
  • Noir Episode: The appropriately-named "Noir," the episode they did for YouTube Geek Week. The game they're spoofing ends up being Mario Is Missing!
  • Non Sequitur Thud: The "Peachy" episode, which has Ash talking about why Princess Peach should have more respect as a character, reveals the reason she's able to speak so eloquently about this issue...is cause she drank dish soap and is about to have an aneurysm. She puts her keys in the invisible car, makes some vroom vroom sounds, then falls down.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: During Gearbox Part 2, as Brent lists off all the eclectic things he does, a big subtitle goes up:
  • N-Word Privileges: One of the rules discussed in Local Multiplayer Etiquette is don't be racist unless it's to your own race.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in the The Sims episode. Anthony proposes to Ashley while his sister Ashly is in the room.
  • Only Sane Man: Anthony, who plays the Straight Man to all of Ashly's hijinx.
    • Funnily enough, Ashly herself played this role when she was with Papa Burch in the Live from 3COM video.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Papa Burch spending four hours to wreck Ash's Animal Crossing town. It only takes her an hour to fix the damage.
  • Reality Warper: In the Quantum Conundrum episode, Ash uses it to great effect on Anthony by putting him in things like a cupcake dimension, AIDS dimension and even nightmare and fantasy dimensions.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Papa Burch has extensive knowledge of Twilight, and has great skill with "girl games".note 
  • Running Gag: Plenty, such as Ash's habit of making gay jokes about her brother, and Papa Burch's utter unflappability.
  • Screaming at Squick: In the NFL Blitz episode, the group gang up on Anthony for having a big head. When he gets to asking Papa, he says he's like a bobblehead that he doesn't want to cum on. That gets both Anthony and Ash screaming.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When Anthony sees Ashley Davis strangling Ashly he slowly backs out of the room.
    • From the Mass Effect episode, we have this gem from Papa Burch:
    "This is not Fuddruckers, I was promised Fuddruckers, I'm going to Fuddruckers."
  • Season Finale: The two part Metal Gear Solid 4 skit, and a two-parter for Season 2 parodying Adventure Games.
  • Shout-Out: In two different episodes (Yoshi's Island and Elite Beat Agents), Anthony can be seen reading the trade paperback (and trade hardcover) of Watchmen.
  • Silent Offer: In "E3 2011, part II", Ash seemingly makes an offer to someone on a piece of paper. When he unfolds the paper, there is a childish drawing instead of the expected offer.
  • Single Tear: Papa Burch cries a Manly Tear in the Viva Pińata episode.
  • Speaking Simlish: The Banjo-Kazooie episode where everyone speaks like this until the stinger at the end.

Alternative Title(s): Hey Ash Whatcha Playin