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Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, aka HAWP, is a video series by Destructoid 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.
  • And Starring: Ashley Davis always gets this credit, even though she appears in the larger majority of episodes by now.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ashley is often this to Anthony, especially in the Team Fortress 2 episode.
  • 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!
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In the episode about Limbo, Anthony thinks this sorta thing would ensue when Ash asks whether he would look for her if she was stuck in a dark forest. When he asks whether she would come looking for him, she shoots down the possibility completely.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Papa Burch increasingly gets more screen time than Anthony and Ashley.
  • Butt Monkey: Anthony is usually on the receiving end of this.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Ash herself.
    • Also Ashley Davis, who rarely seems aware of what's going on around her.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Ash has her own ideas of what SJW mean.
  • Cool Old Guy: The siblings' father, Mr. Burch. He plays games just like his kids do, and resembles Big Boss.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Ashly goes back in time, to punch her mom when she was pregnant with Anthony.
  • The Corrupter: Ash acts as one to her young cousin in the episode on This War of Mine.
  • 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.
  • Defictionalization: Ashly, Anthony, and Papa Burch have been officially released as DLC homies for Saints Row IV. The DLC comes with the "hit 'em with your dildo laser" line from the Saints Row the Third episode of "Hey, Ash."
  • Depraved Bisexual: Ashly
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Ashly is seen barefoot in practically every indoors scene.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: Ash's attempt to emulate Persona 3 goes as well as one would think. Anthony follows after a minute of trying and failing to explain the game.
    "What's Persona 3?"
    "A game where you fuckin' kill yourself, apparently."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Motor Mouth: Ashly, especially in Season Two and onwards.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Ashly (Burch) and Ashley Davis, who does Once Upon a Pixel. Anthony is now married to Ashley Davis, but this didn't stop Ashly (his sister) from making incest jokes.
    • In the Season 3 finale, Anthony gets letters threatening Ash, so they agree to work together. Except he was protecting the wrong Ashley. This can be easily explained by the fact that Anthony could easily have assumed "Ashley" was a misspelling of his sister's name, and there are a lot more reasons for someone to try and kill Ash than his wife.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-universe Ashly steals the clothes off Papa Burch during the parody of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The look on her face says that she did not think that through.
  • 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!
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: During Gearbox Part 2, as Brent lists off all the eclectic things he does, a big subtitle goes up:
  • 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Both Ash and Anthony have broken out into careers in the games industry. Anthony works for Gearbox, and has worked on Borderlands 2 as head writer. Ash, meanwhile, has gone into voice acting, portraying Tiny Tina in Borderlands 2 and Ayla in Awesomenauts.
    • The entire Burch clan are also DLC homies for Saints Row IV.
    • Ashly has also broken out into anime dubbing, her debut role being Sasha Blouse in Attack on Titan.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Ashly, whose wacky antics often involve brutality to her surroundings.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Papa Burch spending four hours to wreck Ash's Animal Crossing town. It only takes her an hour to fix the damage.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Papa Burch has extensive knowledge of Twilight, and has great skill with "girl games".note 

Alternative Title(s):

Hey Ash Whatcha Playin