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  Watch Video The Persona series has such a rich tapestry of characters that you could probably argue all day over who your own individual favorites are, but as a cat owner at heart, Morgana really hit home in Persona 5. The fact that...   read

  Watch Video Donkey Kong Country means a hell of a lot to me. I remember each and every person I introduced it to, and two and a half decades later, several of them are still platforming fans because of that game. I have just as many fond...   read
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  Watch Video People have been doing some really cool things with makeshift tech in the past five years or so. We've seen Destiny raid runs with Rock Band instruments.  We've seen DK Bongo remote runs. Someone even made...   read

  Watch Video Have you been following Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries? Well, it's nearly out, and it's one of the last big releases of 2019 (it might be the last big release). To celebrate Piranha Games' impending launch, they're doli...   read

Fallout 76 has bugs. It's had bugs since launch. It had bugs before it launched that weren't fixed. It may always have bugs. Welcome to the wasteland. Did you enjoy my poem? Same. Although Bethesda pushed Update 15 out into t...   read

VR has become much more accessible in just this past year, and Oculus has smartly pivoted to match market demands. The users have spoken: they want untethered freedom of movement, and lower price points. That was the goal wit...   read

  Watch Video The release of the Resident Evil 2 remake earlier this year gave me a fever, and the only prescription? Play all the mainline games again. My immediate thought was to hit Resident Evil 3 up and talk about it in a bid to ...   read

  Watch Video It's hard to believe that the inaugural episode of Vader Immortal, a VR (and Oculus)-only experience came out in May. Although it was very hurried I was hooked from the first run, and needed to see where it all ended. Na...   read
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  Watch Video As if Super Smash Bros. Ultimate didn't have enough to do, Nintendo is still running spirit events for completionists to dig into. As a reminder, here's a tool that will help you grab 'em all! There's more coming too, as...   read

  Watch Video Earlier this week Valve revealed that there's a new Half-Life game in the works called Half-Life: Alyx. Whoa calm down there champ! It's a VR project. This is something every Index user sort of predicted, as the com...   read
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Nintendo kind of went all-out last week with Pokemon Sword and Shield, which are already selling incredibly well. As a result a little bit of a lull: a pre-holiday cooldown period, if you will, is in order. You see pretty muc...   read

  Watch Video Another iteration of Pokémon is upon us, and now it's time for everyone to get really joyous or mad while cute creatures frolic on-screen. With the exception of the second generation (which many still herald as th...   read
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  Watch Video Civilization VI tore onto the scene in 2016, and gave us the first mainline Civ in six years. We need way more simulation games in our lives right now, so I was more than happy to receive it, despite some issues and downgrades compared to past entries. I had the chance to check the game out on PS4, and it seems like up to the task, similar to have the Switch port was in 2018.   read
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[Update: The friends list feature is no longer being included in the November update due to "scaling issues." No further timeline has been provided, but all of the other changes, including the much-needed performance update, ...   read

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Standing Stone Games, the current steward of The Lord of the Rings Online, and learned some fascinating things about the trajectory of the game over the years. One of the most i...   read
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As I walked through the halls of Standing Stone Games, The Lord of the Rings Online had celebrated its 111st 12th birthday just several months prior. It was one of the few MMOs at the time to take on World of Warcraft and liv...   read
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  Watch Video Darksiders: Genesis is getting ready to be unleashed next month on PC and Stadia (with a far-out February 2020 release on consoles), but until then, we can speculate and theorycraft on how in-depth this hack and slash is goin...   read

Have you been keeping tabs on some of the new Steam updates? I know, some of you just keep Steam running in the background and don't notice it, it can be a lot. In addition to the new polarizing UI, Valve has been working on ...   read
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We've had some tricky game names hitting the market recently. Gylt? More like Gilt or Guilt. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? More like Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. Speaking of Fallen Order, it's a pretty great Jedi s...   read

For years we've heard about Level-5's ambitious new cross-media project Snack World, which spans an anime, toy line, and video game series. But unlike Yo-Kai Watch it kind of just stayed over in Japan, until this fateful week...   read
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  Watch Video It's so hard to hold water for Shenmue in 2019. Far from a fine wine, it's an acquired taste. It's like an aged exotic cheese for an audience that's primarily sensitive to dairy. The polarizing reaction to the latest Shenmue re-releases everyone clamored for is proof of that, and Shenmue III isn't very different.   read
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The season of Pokemon battling is upon us yet again, and this time it'll be with a completely new meta now that a ton of creatures have been nixed from the game. Yep, Pokemon Sword & Shield is running a new online co...   read

This might be the final nail in the coffin for Mighty No. 9: a game that already has a long history of development issues. According to the Japanese PSN storefront, Mighty No. 9 has been delisted in the region, with a cu...   read
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Typically, brand new Pokemon  players can unlock a free mystery gift for a limited time just by owning the game near launch, and Sword & Shield continues that trend. It's none other than long cat Gigantamax Meowth, and it couldn't be simpler to get.   read

Over the past few weeks, I've ended up using my Switch Lite quite a bit. Whether it's loading it up with indies that I don't have on my regular Switch or a few AAA games and transferring saves between them, I really adore the...   read

  Watch Video We've been down the streaming road before. No, OnLive's early attempts are not what most would consider modern streaming. As folks have "pulled the plug" and moved on to ubiquitous streaming platforms, the mere mention of dig...   read
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Review: Gylt

  Watch Video Can you guess how many times I misspelled Gylt in this review and had to go back and fix it? Every...damn...time.   read
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  Watch Video It's tough to make a Star Wars game. All eyes are on you, whether it's the general 50-year fandom or newcomers, to really deliver. It's one of the most unforgiving licenses known to man, especially after LucasArts gave us hit after hit to tee up later generations. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order feels like one of those hits for the first time in a long time.   read
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  Watch Video We got ourselves an ARPG war! While Diablo III was fun in its own right, a lot of folks didn't dig the move away from the macabre aesthetic of old, and fell right into the arms of Path of Exile. While it was a rough unkn...   read

Booting up Magic: Arena will pull up a brand new banned list, which now includes the extremely contentious Oko, Thief of Crowns planeswalker that was just introduced in the most recent set of cards: Throne of Eldraine. O...   read
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About Chris Carterone of us since 3:56 PM on 01.05.2009

Chris 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 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 PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

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 upcoming crowdfunding projects:

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Shenmue III

I also backed the Tiny Cartridge Patreon in 2014 for several months, but no longer back any gaming personality Patreon campaigns currently


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

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
2014 - Diablo
2015 - Batman: Arkham
2018 - Souls/Dark Souls

Future - Pokemon
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


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
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 & Forte (Mega Man & Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country 2
Final Fantasy Tactics


God of War (2018)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Bayonetta 2
NieR: Automata
Guilty Gear Xrd
Mario Kart 8
Gravity Rush 2
Dark Souls III
Shovel Knight
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Uncharted II
Yo-Kai Watch
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ori and the Blind Forest
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
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
Persona 4 Golden
Pokemon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Asura's Wrath
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Zone of the Enders 2
Kid Icarus: Uprising
God of War 2
Batman: Arkham City
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
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 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
Shadow of the Colossus
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 2
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
The Lost Vikings
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
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 beloved 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.