Ashley Barry

Writer

I currently write for Reviewed.com, which is a division of USA Today. Whether it's a video game you control with your vagina or a dating app that matches you based on things you hate, I usually write about unique products that spark conversation. I've also done a lot of work for other digital publications.

I consider myself a versatile writer capable of crafting think pieces, reviews, editorial articles, feature stories, and more. I've written for high traffic websites such as StarWars.com, Geek & Sundry, The Mary Sue, Kill Screen, Paste Magazine, ZAM, Luna Luna Magazine, FemHype, Not Your Mama's Gamer, Bitch Flicks, Unwinnable, and The Tempest. From examining the portrayal of a female character in a video game to a personal essay about my own struggles with mental illness, I try to be as thoughtful as possible. Though my writing career is my primary focus, I have many other passions too.

I manage a YouTube channel called Hyrule Hyrulia, where I highlight independent games and women working in the industry. My channel features compelling discussions with Ashly Burch (Life is Strange/HAWP), Patrick Klepek (Kotaku), Nina Freeman (Cibele), Amanda Gardner (Perception), and more. I strive to make my channel a safe, positive space for non-conforming people. I'm also the host of It's Fucking Tea Time, a podcast where women discuss pop culture over tea. We cover a wide range of topics such as the theme of love in video games and the representation of three dimensional children in Studio Ghibli films.

Lastly, I'm an interviewer for The Mary Sue. I'm responsible for leading in-depth discussions with game developers, writers, voice actors, and comic book artists. In the past, I've interviewed Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Ken Levine from Irrational Games, Marjorie Liu, the author of Monstress, and Courtenay Taylor, the voice of the female survivor from Fallout 4, and Erica Luttrell, the voice of Emily Kaldwin from Dishonored 2.

Portfolio

The Nintendo Switch has a secret ability and it's genius
The Nintendo Switch is a gorgeous piece of hardware and one of the most innovative gaming consoles in years. The one thing it's apparently missing? Virtual reality. But one...
Star Wars actress Ashley Eckstein fights bullying with her fashion line
Ashley Eckstein is an unstoppable force of nature and I mean that in the best way possible. Not only is she a gifted actress, she's also an amazing human being who actively...
This Bluetooth tracker turns finding your lost items into a video game
The Pixie is a Bluetooth tracker that finds lost items using augmented reality on your smartphone.
Smarter's wireless camera turns any fridge into a smart fridge
Smarter, the UK-based company responsible for the iKettle, wants to connect your kitchen without totally draining your bank account of hard-earned funds. There, there wallet....
6 Reasons We Should Be More Like Chopper | StarWars.com
Ghost's resident astromech. (And he'd probably agree.) I want to be like Chopper. Yes. That's right. I want to be like the uncooperative astromech droid from Star Wars Rebels....
5 gorgeous gadgets for a connected kitchen
Nothing's more inspiring than a smart gadget that's the perfect combination of technology and design. We want our smart devices to assist us in the kitchen with minimal issues,...
A Community Awakens: Star Wars RP on Second Life
I've frolicked about in some of the coolest Star Wars landscapes: Taris, Manaan, Coruscant, Nar Shadda, Korriban, and Mos Espa. I've been to a volcanic planet which resembles...
Fiction: And Then the Veil Falls
It was a rite of passage that marked my transition from powerless child to supreme sovereign. I could hear the blood flowing in my ears, a horrible rhythm, as I lifted my tiny...
6 must-play games if you're just getting a PS4
2016 has been an interesting year, that's for sure. But despite the tense political climate and the loss of Ziggy Stardust, it's been a stellar year for video games. I always...
[VIDEO] TMS Interviews Erica Luttrell, Who Voices the Heroine of Dishonored 2
The first Dishonored game was certainly compelling, from its stealth mechanics to the fun array of abilities on offer for the player, but it was always a shame that in the first...
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Taking the guesswork out of blending with Vitamix
The leader in blending technology wants you to live healthier on your own terms. Vitamix announced this week that it's releasing its very own smart scale and recipe app. The...
These 10 products will make the lives of new parents so much easier
Let's face it. Parenting is tough. Whether you're staying up all night with a sick child or dealing with a picky eater, parenting is not for the faint of heart. I'm not a...
Easily add wireless audio to your TV with these headphones and speakers
The perfect volume is different for everyone, and sometimes you want to watch TV while somebody else is peacefully working. My grandmother was hard of hearing and, much to my...
Brave Boys and Monstrous Mothers: The Under-Representation of Boy Children in Horror Games
Among the Sleep delves into a fictional child's innermost fears in a world where the shadows stretch impossibly long and coat racks look like monsters or shady strangers.
Revisiting Journey: A Game that Soothes the Chronically Anxious
It's no secret that Journey is one of my all time favorite games, having extensively written about its brilliant use of silence and its characterization of landscapes. Though...
Silence is Golden: A Closer Look at Journey and Shadow of the Colossus
Consider a few of the common components that comprise a narrative: complex characters, conflict, setting, resolution, dialogue, etc. Is dialogue a necessary element? Is a silent...
Stampy Cat Launches New Educational Channel: On Children's Programming and Alter Egos
Joseph Garrett is a Minecraft playing star. His alter ego, a mischievous orange and white feline named Stampy Cat, has over 5.6 million subscribers (at the time of this posting)...
A Little Off the Top: De-Stressing with Prune
A couple of days ago I downloaded Prune for iOS at the recommendation of a beloved friend who knows me so well it's ridiculous and a tad scary. In the game, the player has to...
A Look at Powerful Femininity
I recently had an enthralling conversation with a close friend about the various representations of strong female characters. My friend, using Morrigan from the first Dragon Age...
Quit Nomming My Neck! An Analytical Look at Unconventional Femaless in Vampires | Not Your Mama's...
I often question where the line of sexy bitch for the male gaze stops and the empowered sexual female begins. It's a blurry line. When she sucks blood, an attack that...
Power Hour Review: Albino Lullaby Demo
Imagine a mechanical world that rotates and changes at the push of a button. Monstrous creatures, toe-like in appearance, float up and down the corridors of an old house. You...
The Dinosaur Struggle Is Real: Let's Talk About Claire Dearing's Bad Rep and Childhood Nostalgia
Jurassic World's opening cinematic had me starry eyed and shivering with excitement. The familiar but epic score accompanied by grand, sweeping shots of Costa Rica transported...
Punk as Rebellion: A Queer Reading of Chloe Price in 'Life Is Strange'
Life Is Strange is progressive in that it speaks to different kinds of relationships among women, sexual fluidity, and queerness. In analyzing Chloe Price, Max's childhood...
Full Review: Five Nights at Freddy's 3
Envision yourself shut up in a security office. A flock of murderous animatronics stalk the corridors. Above, you hear the rattling of the vents. One may be inside. There's no...
Your childhood would've been better with this LEGO friendly tape
LEGO lovers, rejoice! There's now a tape that turns virtually any surface into a building base for toy bricks. Have you always wanted to construct a town that defies gravity? Or...
An Inside Look at Jotun: The Importance of Thora
With her humongous axe and fire orange braids, I grinned like an idiot as I led Thora, Jotun's viking protagonist, from one pissed off giant to the next. Not only does she...
#YesIPlay (I roleplay because...)
If I hadn't discovered roleplaying, I wouldn't have known what it was that set my ever-restless soul afire. I considered myself a serious writer at the delicate age of seven...
How Pokémon Go Helps Me with My Agoraphobia
My apartment is like the Temple of Time from Ocarina of Time. For those of you who don't know what the Temple of Time's like, it's a peaceful place where soothing music plays...
Huawei MateBook X Laptop Review
laptops Credit: Reviewed.com / Jackson Ruckar Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links,...

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