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Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!


Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm in my 20s, I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS3, 360, Wii, and Wii U.

As far as contemporary systems go, I also own an iPhone 4 (which I game on very heavily - check out HookChamp), a 3DS XL, the Kinect, the PS Move, a PSP-2000, and a Playstation Vita. If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

Currently backed Kickstarters:

Mighty No. 9



Are you not satisfied?

Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

Here's an in-depth 10 things about me post that will enlighten you further.

Here's another in-depth 10 things about me post, when the community brought it back.

I was also interviewed.

Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid

Future - Pokémon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception

Destructoid Reviews:

Street Fighter x Tekken

Babel Rising

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Guild Wars 2

Realms of Ancient War

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC

Dance Central 3

New Little King's Story

Skylanders Giants


Punch Quest


New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #2

Razer Kraken Pro Headset

Need for Speed: Most Wanted mobile

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

WWE '13

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #3

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (iOS)

Skylanders: Battlegrounds

Black Knight Sword

Crimson Shroud

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #4

Anarchy Reigns

Joe Danger Touch

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (iOS)

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Skulls of the Shogun

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Puddle (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Revolution

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PC)

Omerta: City of Gangsters


Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad

PlayStation All-Stars DLC

Bentley's Hack Pack

Urban Trial Freestyle

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Infamy

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

Dollar Dash

DmC: Devil May Cry: Vergil's Downfall


ATV Wild Ride 3D

Darkstalkers Resurrection

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Infamy

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Ms. Splosion Man (iOS)

BattleBlock Theater

Toki Tori 2

Slayin' (iOS)

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Jetstream

Tekken Card Tournament

Sonic Dash

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Uprising DLC

Injustice: Gods Among Us (iOS)

Fish Out of Water

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Redemption

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Witch and Hero

Haunted Hollow

Way of the Dogg

Jack Lumber

Star Command

Color Commando

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Blade Wolf DLC

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Dust 514

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Best Park In the Universe - Regular Show

Men's Room Mayhem

Rising Storm

Mighty Switch Force! 2

New Super Luigi U

Jak and Daxter Collection (Vita)

BUGS vs. Tanks!

Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

Hotline Miami (PS3/Vita)

Muramasa Rebirth

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Vengeance

Doodle Jump Kinect

Gun Monkeys

Deus Ex: The Fall

Anno Online

Dusty Revenge

Tiny Thief

Halo: Spartan Assault

Dragon's Crown

Rise of the Triad


The Drowning

Kid Tripp

Sky Tourist


Mikey Hooks

Charlie Murder

DuckTales Remastered

Ultima Forever

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Halo 4: Champions Pack

Disney Infinity

Killer is Dead

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Apocalypse Pack


Diablo III (PS3/360)

Pokemon Rumble U

Lost Planet 3

Disney Infinity: Cars Play Set

Disney Infinity: Lone Ranger Play Set

Card Hunter

Elgato Game Capture HD

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Angry Birds Star Wars II


Real Boxing

Skydive: Proximity Flight

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

Grand Theft Auto Online

Skylanders: Swap Force

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset

Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director's Cut (Wii U)

Wii Party U

Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space Play Set

Regular Show 3DS

Rayman Fiesta Run

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One

XCOM: Enemy Within

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds


Crimson Dragon

Dead Rising 3


Super Mario 3D World

Powerstar Golf

Ryse: Son of Rome

Zoo Tycoon

Xbox Fitness

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One and PS4)

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon 3DS

Assassin's Creed IV (Xbox One and PS4)

Fighter Within

Feenix 2014 Gaming Mouse and Pad

Battlefield 4 (Xbox One and PS4)

Skylanders: Swap Force (Xbox One and PS4)

Tiny Brains

Mad Katz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick

Assassin's Creed: Pirates

Peggle 2

Doki Doki Universe

Samurai Gunn

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

Roxio Game Capture HD Pro

The Art of Assassin's Creed IV

MOGA Ace Power

Logitech Powershell

The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode One

Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry



NES Remix

World of Warplanes

Ridge Racer Slipstream

Batman: Arkham Origins: Initiation

Dr. Luigi

Valdis Story: Abyssal City

SteelSeries Stratus iOS controller

Joe Danger Infinity

Castle Doombad

Dark Souls: Design Works

Muramasa Rebirth DLC #1

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Fable Anniversary

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle


One Piece: Romance Dawn

Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze


Tales of Symphonia Chronicles


Steel Diver: Sub Wars

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Rambo: The Video Game

Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Basement Crawl

Pac-Man Museum

South Park: The Stick of Truth

The Walking Dead: A House Divided

Fractured Soul

Dark Souls II


Yoshi's New Island

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent

inFamous: Second Son

The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Deception IV: Blood Ties

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode Two

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends



Fire Emblem

Clover Studios and Platinum Games


Mega Man



Street Fighter X Mega Man

Anarchy Reigns

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

God of War: Ascension

Soul Sacrifice

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Dragon's Dogma

Star Command

A guide to playing more games

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Mutant Mudds Deluxe

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Pikmin 3

Dragon's Crown

Saints Row IV

Killer is Dead

Pokemon Rumble U

Disney Infinity

The Wonderful 101

Grand Theft Auto V

Volgarr the Viking

Shadow Warrior


GTA Online

Pokemon X & Y trades

Pokemon X & Y tips

Regular Show 3DS

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

Crimson Dragon


Super Mario 3D World

Pokemon X & Y post-game

Super Mario 3D World video

Dr. Luigi

Broken Age


Fable Anniversary

Titanfall Beta


Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Deception IV


Select Originals:


Fighting games

3DS recommendations

Ouya's Free the Games Fund

Vita recommendations


Bravely Default talk

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/opinion-titanfall-s-campaign-failed-to-draw-me-into-its-universe-271869.phtml]Titanfall campaign talk

Memory Card


Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account


My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Dark Souls
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman and Forte (Megaman and Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy Tactics


Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Bravely Default
NES Remix
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Pandora's Tower
Persona 4 Golden
Pokémon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Asura's Wrath
Halo 4
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Assassin's Creed III
Retro City Rampage
Guild Wars 2
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Zone of the Enders 2
Xenoblade Chronicles
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Skylanders Giants
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo II
Diablo III
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Assassin's Creed II
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Secret of Mana
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
The Lost Vikings
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Jeanne d'Arc
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins


The following are a few of my favorite fictional characters, compliments of SuitcoatAvenger

-My favorite video game character of all time: Magic Emperor Ghaleon.

-Legato Bluesummers from Trigun: classic villain.

-Although obscure, Zero Beat is among my favorites.

-My original avatar.
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Almost three years ago today, I wrote a “10 things” blog for Dtoid.

Because of my time on the cblogs, I met a ton of people that I’ve kept in contact with over the years, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Since everyone else is keen on “10ing” again, I figured I would join in on the fun, and try to update or mirror my previous list. Also, I like the above header so I’m reusing it - nyah.

10) I’m still loving life with the wife

My wife and I just bought our first house together a few months ago! We’re still working on updating a few rooms, but overall we’re very happy.

We still play games together, and thankfully we have a lot of the same interests. If I had one bit of relationship advice for people out there, it’s to make sure you spend lots of time with your significant other, and never stop talking (there’s such a thing as an unhealthy amount of time, so just balance it).

9) I love old cartoons

Last time around #9 was reserved for a completely random fact. So my fact for you today is that my favorite vintage cartoon is Scooby Doo.

Yes, I even watched the terrible off-shoot called “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo”, with the enigmatic Vincent Price as Vincent Van Ghoul. I also watched “A Pup Named Scooby Doo”, and I currently watch the brand new “Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated”, which is on its second season right now, actually. In case you were wondering, I really dislike the shoddy live action films (also known as "Washed up Actors -- The Live Action Cartoon Adaptation").

My "most seen" movies of all time (due to multiple childhood VHS viewings) are A Goofy Movie (probably at least 100 times), Toy Story 1, and Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.

Really fun fact: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island features a star studded voice cast that includes Cam Clarke as the suspicious groundskeeper -- the same Cam Clarke that plays Liquid Snake.

8) My foot healed some time after my initial post

Sickness update – three years ago I nearly lost my foot due to a crazy infection. Good news – I still have it! At this point I’ve been exercising fairly regularly, and things went pretty much back to normal after I had that fairly horrifying episode.

My advice to everyone is no matter how much you hate the doctor/hospital, think about going every once in a while if someone you care about is telling you to go, even if it’s just for their sake.

7) I have a modest gaming collection

It’s not ChillyBilly or Funk caliber, but it’s something! I mainly collect PS2 games, but I’ve recently begun collecting Xbox 360 games as well – my interests mainly lie in major game series (for instance every Zelda, Metal Gear, and Resident Evil game, among others), the action-adventure genre, and SRPGs.

As far as current systems go -- iOS, Android, PSN, XBLA, WiiWare, eShop, VitaPSN, Steam, Mac App Store – you name it, I have it. I have this OCD-ness about me where I can’t miss anything. Despite the fact that I obviously prefer some platforms and consoles/portables over others, I think every system has its fair share of titles.

I wish I could go back and tell my seven year old self that being a fanboy was idiotic, but obviously I grew and learned things because of the experience. The above picture isn’t my collection, but if you take out a few SEGA systems, it’s accurate.

6) I think Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Ebla are awesome

Just like Tim Roth in my other list, I think Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch are unsung heroes. They've done a lot of low key work as far as Americans are concerned (some BBC miniseries and films), but Cumberbatch and Elba really made themselves household names with the shows Sherlock, and The Wire, respectively.

This winter, you’ll see Cumberbatch as both Smaug and Sauron in The Hobbit Part 1 – as far as villain roles go in film, that’s pretty awesome stuff!

5) My taste in music is varied

Like my gaming tastes, I’ll pretty much listen to anything except *new* country. In the realm of country, I’ll listen to bluegrass, southern rock, and even 90s country like Garth Brooks – just not newer junk like Carrie Underwood.

Here’s a good array of my tastes:

4) I think Daniel Day Lewis is the best actor of all time

As I said previously, Tom Cruise is my favorite actor. I’m able to diffuse "Tom Cruise the Actor" from "Tom Cruise the Real Life Guy With Issues". He entertains me – you’ve probably heard of the term “popcorn flick” before.

However, I’m real big on art-house/surrealistic film, and I know good acting when I see it. Throughout all of my years watching movies, I think that Daniel Day Lewis is the best actor of all time. Some people would say Brando, some would say Newman, I say good ol’ Bill the Butcher.

Lewis is probably as “method” as you get, and I really respect that. I think acting transcends what you can do on-screen, and he brings an unparalleled energy to the entire set – that should count for something.

3) I watch LOTS of TV

I watch a lot of TV. By a lot, I mean I watch around 10-15 shows on a weekly basis. I’ll watch anything from [good] sitcoms, to dramas, to wacky stuff like Penn and Teller’s Bullsh!t. One of my recent favorites is Sons of Anarchy. I totally judged Sons of Anarchy for three years as “some dumb biker show with Ron Perlman in it”, but it’s actually Hamlet on Wheels with an amazing supporting cast. Pretty awesome stuff.

It would be impossible to list non-current shows that I enjoy, so just holler at me if you like any of the following: Mad Men; Breaking Bad; Grimm; Sons of Anarchy; Justified; Southland; Game of Thrones; House of Lies; Modern Family; Community; Shark Tank; Dragon's Den; Parks and Recreation; Dexter; South Park; New Beavis and Butthead; "Louie"; Alcatraz; Sherlock; Workaholics; Archer; or The League.

I watch a lot more than this -- these are just what I'd consider "good TV".

2) I like just about everything, games wise

In my other “10 blog”, I wrote about how I like the wackiest, strangest games Japan has to offer – but that’s not everything I like. I’m also a huge Call of Duty fan, and I own two copies of Modern Warfare 2 and two Elite subscriptions (for my wife and I).

My wife and I love playing through the Gears of War series. Mass Effect is one of my favorite franchises of all time. One day I’ll be playing Shadows of the Damned, the next, I’ll be hamming it up online in Call of Duty – I’m pretty happy with this arrangement!

1) I still love Dtoid

Over three years ago I joined Dtoid and started writing blogs. Around a year later I was at E3 under my own media outlet – then I came back the following year. I was able to sit in “the big three” conferences and feel the excitement of new product launches. When Nintendo announced Donkey Kong Country Returns, I shouted a fairly loud obscenity and I didn’t care – it was just too exciting!

I owe that experience to Dtoid and its community, among many other life lessons that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else. There’s no way around being cheesy here – I’d love to get a beer with any of you sometime.[youtube]
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