Meet Ashpanic

I’m Patricia, also known as ashpanic in various internet circles, co-founder and editor of Nightmare Mode and I’m here to tell you about our lord and savior, Jesu-err, I mean, I’m here to tell you a little about myself. I’m San Francisco native that thought it was a great idea to go to a liberal arts school all the way in MA to study marketing and video game design.

I spend a good deal of my time-almost ashamedly so, really-writing about, thinking about, and telling people about games.  I adore and frankly privilege New Games Journalism. I suppose you could call me a critic, though, I feel odd saying that considering that there’s people like Leigh Alexander, Kirk Hamilton, Ben Abraham who occupy that label. Perhaps it is more apt to say that I aspire to be a critic? Yeah, let’s go with that. I consider being informed my job, though less utilitarian than that, I consider games to have merit. Not in the ‘games are art’ way, but in the ‘games are cultural artifacts’ way. I don’t think games should be fun above all-what the FUCK does that mean, anyway? I believe games should be engaging. Hence I don’t just play games, I analyze them, I dissect them.

I lead a bevy of projects in the same way TaeYeon probably leads SNSD.

Yeah, guilty pleasure.

WAIT, VIDEO GAMES? I play those. I like to shoot other people, especially if it feels crunchy. And role playing games, because I get a little too “engaged” with character interactions (this song, and this person, will always make me ache).  I’ve made some (shitty) games, too, it being a part of my major and all. Though writing about games seems to be more enjoyable, hence…this.

Stubborn, intense and opinionated, it’s no surprise I practically live on the internet. Favorite games, somewhat in order: Persona 4, Dragon Age Origins, Fallout 2, Gears of War 2, Mass Effect 2, Wind Waker, Metal Gear Solid, Tales of the Abyss, Heavy Rain and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor . Further things of interest: Paula Deen, Cole Train/Balrog, and GIFs.

I could keep going and going, but, really, that’s the gist of it and what I mean may become clearer after you read some of my pieces.

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About Patricia

Writer, critic, SNSD aficionado. Stuff of nightmares!