YMMV: Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?

  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Some fans had this reaction to the episode in which a young man brutally beats his girlfriend after Ash beats his high score on the Xbox's leader boards. It got worse when the sequel of that episode where said couple lost their baby and its played for laughs. But they seem to catch the tip, and the onwards darker episodes are more coordinated and edited.
    • Acknowledged in this promo for Magfest 9, in which Ashley (Er, Burch) claims Anthony was responsible "all the crap [of HAWP], like that abortion episode."
      • Furthermore, the Season 4 finale video ended up with the footage of the young man taking off his belt for said beating with the text "We're all still really sorry." over it.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • The Team Fortress 2 episode is presented in interview format, just like the first six "Meet The Team" shorts.
    • In the first part of the season 3 finale, "A Death In The Family", look at what shirt Anthony is wearing. It says "Team Blavis." Then you might realize his mistake before he does.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Papa Burch is one, he constantly puts down his children, kills a (zombified) man for disturbing him while reading, and alters his memory to have an excuse to punch Ash. And this is just a small fraction of what makes him so awesome. They even decided to bring him to a PAX panel due to popular demand. He received a standing ovation upon his introduction.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Persona3 episode, which had Ash accidentally killing herself imitating the game. When you learn about David Fetzer's (Ashly Burch's boyfriend) death by accidental drug overdose (which is debatably considered a form of suicide), watching the video depresses you even more.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: Ash holding up the copy of Harvest Moon in the BioShock episode (and the subsequent HM episode), if you've read her How Games Saved My Life Tumblr. She opened the blog to exhibit stories of the positive influence of gaming on people's lives, and one of the first posts is her own story. Apparently anxiety problems made it very difficult for her to eat, and Harvest Moon helped her relax.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There was an episode where Ash makes a proposal to Nintendo on making a Nintendo Land. Years later, Nintendo Land is released as a crossover game. Of course, their E3 2012 episode lampshades this.
    • The Yoshi's Cookie episode — a few years later, Ashly got cast as a quirky Big Eater in Sasha Braus.
    • The Team Fortress 2 episode — Ashly eventually ended up in the series herself, both as co-writer for the Expiration Date short, and as a voice actress in said short. She plays overworked secretary Miss Pauling.
    • The Saints Row the Third episode — Ashly goes into a coma from the sheer awesome of the game and recovers in time for Papa Burch to bring home Saints Row Fo', which would soon be announced and released in reality. No hitting dinosaurs with dildo lasers in the actual game, sadly.
    • The Persona 3 episode becomes this now that Burch is providing the voice of Rei in Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The show garnered a bit of a Hatedom, which was Lampshaded in the episode Fan Service of a Sort. Since Season 2, the show's Hatedom has turned into a Fandom, notified by the high score the show has on its Gametrailers page compared to Season 1.
  • Tearjerker: Ashly's story on the HAWPcast about her friend's pet wolf Wolfy going missing in Minecraft, and singing Amazing Grace with him as the sun rose in-game in front of a memorial statue for Wolfy. She goes on to say that her friend's life in-game has been consumed by his lost pet, who claims he can still hear phantom howls coming from inside the mine.
    • Ash's episode of the Mental Health Happy Hour podcast, discussing her boyfriend (and Must Come Down co-star's) death from accidental overdose. The worst part is when she talks about his family checking his internet history, and later informing her that his last Google search was for an engagement ring.