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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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Everyone has to do one of these at some point, right?! Come in for the random top 10, stay for a creepy #1 image.

10) I married my high school sweetheart (some would say)

The reason I say “some”, is because I met her the summer of my Junior year, so I don’t know if that qualifies for “standard sweetheart status”, but I’d like to think that it does. She was going off to College, and I ended up following her there the following year.

During my first semester we were seeing different people, but it didn’t work out for either of us and we started dating. The rest is history. As luck would have it, we both enjoy playing video games with each other (we just finished Resident Evil 5, and now are working on Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance for PS2).

9) My favorite total package Bruce Wayne/Bats is Christian Bale

Every top 10 needs a random ass fact. In my opinion, if you want the perfect Bruce Wayne, call up Michael Keaton. If you want the perfect Batman, give Val Kilmer a call. If you need an incredible voice, Kevin Conroy is your man.

But if you want a real-live Batman, it’s gotta be Christian “trash your fuckin’ lights” Bale.

8) Through a series of unfortunate events, I gained 20 pounds
I used to be fit as a fiddle. I ran every night, ate well, and didn’t drink soda for 3 years. In what is not considered an unfortunate event, I went on a cruise for my honeymoon, but gained 10 pounds. Typical of a week long cruise right? What’s not typical is that apparently I developed cellulitis on my right foot before the trip, and I received a horrible bacterial infection courtesy of the sleazy beaches of St. Maarten (protip: Don’t ever go to St. Maarten). As luck would have it, my insurance plan just ran out, and my wife and I were drawing up papers to get a new one a bit after we got back from our honeymoon.

After 3 weeks, skin started falling off my right foot. We hurried to a local clinic, and they told me that if I had waited much longer, I may have either lost my foot, or had to have all the meat sucked out, which could potentially put me in a coma. The end result was me having to take off work with the added bonus of not being able to walk for a month. While it was a great time for me to finish my PS2 backlog, but a horrible time for everything else. I’m still working on getting rid of the extra weight as we speak.

The moral? Don’t fuck around when it comes to your feet!

7)I was once a Nintendo Man.

I bought my NES when I was 4 years old. When I was 6, I got my first Gameboy, when I was 7, I received an SNES for my birthday, and when I was 8, I bought a Gameboy Color. Video games were synonymous with Nintendo in my world. When the 64 came out, I had to have it; but something was standing in my way. My cousin showed me this platform called the Sony “Playstation”. I wanted it for all the wrong reasons.

I thought it would be really cool to have the coveted, “cool”, “non-kiddie” machine. Looking back on it, I was a moron for wanting it because of that, but I never looked back. Playstation 1 brought me my grandest moments of gaming; Metal Gear Solid, Tenchu, Final Fantasy 7, Brave Fencer Musashi, Gran Turismo. Not even Mario 64 or Ocarina of Time could match the sheer amount of fun I had with the titles I found on the PS1.

A few years after becoming a Sony Man, I considered buying a 64. Then it hit me: I had beaten Ocarina of Time and Mario 64 at a friend’s house. All of my buddies had WCW v. NWO Revenge, and Goldeneye. To boot, I was the best in my group of friends by far at Smash Brothers, so I had no reason to practice. I think I ended up spending my potential N64 cash on a Dreamcast or something. I actually passed on the Gamecube (same deal; beat the big titles at my friends, and played Melee at friend’s houses). Really, if I had to live with one system, it would be a toss up between the Dreamcast and PS2 (assuming the PS3 would have no backwards compatibility).

6) I have a passion for movies

I’ve always wanted to be a movie producer. Stereotypically enough, my favorite movie is Pulp Fiction, but what I dig is the performances. I can’t get enough of Tim Roth; I’ll hunt down everything that man is in, from Funny Games, to The Hulk, to the short amount of time he was in Four Rooms. I also believe that Pulp Fiction hosted some of the best performances of nearly every “A” list actor in the film, and had some of the best written dialogue you’ll ever find. With a big “oh no!” from you guys out there, my second favorite director is Kevin Smith. I just love his movies, social commentary, and jokes. Flaming, commence!

5) Music, man

I can easily narrow down my two favorite genres to power metal and hip-hop. I listen to a lot of old school Ice Cube (when he was good), and The Wutang Clan. Some of my favorite rap, however, comes from one man: Del tha Funkee Homosapien. You probably remember him from that insanely popular Gorrilaz video.

To me, he’s also known as Deltron 3030, and the leader of one of my favorite groups, Hieroglyphics. There’s only so many people in the world that would be willing to rap about Starscream (my favorite Transformer oddly enough). Deltron 3030 is a collaboration between Del and Dan the Automator (an amazing producer), that is actually a rap narrative concerning a future incarnation of Del in a dystopian environment.

Deltron 3030 Title Song

Oh, and I like HIM (I made sure to let you know I was married before I told you this). If you’re thinking of “Wings of a Butterfly”; that’s Dark Light, and I loathe that album. There’s something about Ville Valo’s vocals that I dig; he really gets into his music, and I respect that.

If you think Metal is just Metallica and Pantera, you got another thing comin’! (Oooh metal reference) Listen to these below, and if you find any of them interesting, hit me up and I can get you boat loads of listening material.

Fusion Metal – Liquid Tension (aka Dreamtheater without James LaBrie providing questionable vocals)

Typical Power/Progressive Metal – Symphony X

Typical Power Metal – Gamma Ray

“Alternative” Power Metal – Ayreon (This project has many albums, and all of them sound distinctly different)

4) Tom Cruise is my favorite actor (I know what you're thinking; fuck this kid)

If you doubt him, I strongly urge you to go watch Born on the Fourth of July. In what is one of the most truly guilty pleasures of all time, you could name me any Tom Cruise movie and I probably loved it; even Cocktail.

There’s something about his energy and the way he carries himself throughout a film that’s just gold. The Last Samurai is one of my top 5 favorite movies, and Collateral was another top notch recent performance that proves that he’s still got it (pretty soon you’ll realize just how much I enjoy guilty pleasures). As an added bonus I have an excuse to post a funny looking Tom Cruise picture.

3) My blog header give it away? I love anime.

At one point I owned around 120 anime DVDs (sadly I sold most of them to afford college), but I had a friend in High School that literally owned 500 titles (confirmed). He would let me borrow boxed sets at a time, so I could easily absorb myself in just about every popular show ever made. Some of my favorites include Trigun (obviously), Full Metal Alchemist, Berserk, and the Lupin TV Specials and Movies (not the TV show).

I remember in High School some of my favorite moments were spent watching boxed sets all night with a group of my friends. Naturally this hobby led me to Otakon a few times, and while I enjoyed it, I found it to be way too big. I most definitely prefer the smaller cons, like how Katsucon used to be.

2) Give me a flamboyant Japanese hero or give me death

Well, not definitively. I do enjoy games of all sorts of genres and origins, but ultimately, I’m a sucker for action-adventure games, specifically of Eastern descent. There’s something douchey and uninteresting about the Master Chiefs and Marcus Fenixes (Fenix, LOL) of the world that turns me off. I thoroughly enjoyed the Halo series, and to a less extent Gears of War, but I can’t get enough loudmouth theatric anime-esque antics; ever.

Take a look at the above picture: man that looks like a woman? Check. Giant sword getting ready to clash with ridiculous claw hands? Check. That’s my shit, that’s my shit!

Bonus: This is my favorite feature found in a video game – “Enhance the challenge! Replay in Hard or Expert mode and face more difficult opponents, different types of enemies, and even changes in the environment that will test your sword-swinging skills to the limit.” I beat good action games at least 3-4+ times depending on the title.

1) Jim Stoilon’ and Jonathan Holmes inspired me to write about gaming (and naturally inspired me to make the creepiest image ever)

After lurking Dtoid for many months I decided to create an account and start blogging. Jim Sterling’s unique writing style (har har) and Jonathan Holmes’s pure passion for gaming sparked something inside of me.

I wasn’t always the greatest straight-writer, but one thing’s for sure; I love video games of all shapes and sizes.

Dtoid is the best community I’ve came across for any medium, not just gaming. The sheer amount of passion that pulsates from blog posts (not to mention the forums or weekly events) is astounding. No matter what happens in terms of my writing career, I know that I’ll always be a Dtoider.

I've posted some blogs before, but I hope this thing will allow me to familiarize myself with the "in" blog crowd a bit. What the fuck is up with long time members leaving? I suppose it just happens in cycles; I've dug years into the blog backlog and seen drama before. Here's to a long lasting Dtoid relationship!
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