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  Watch Video I don't remember exactly what compelled me to rush out and buy Pokémon Red before the craze began, but I vividly recall the day I went to Toys"R"Us after school and picked it up. I got to Mt. Moon in one sitt...   read
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Several weeks ago Activision announced live at BlizzCon that Destiny 2 would be free on PC by way of its Blizzard Launcher. Well the time for the promo has almost passed (it expires on November 18), so if you want it, you hav...   read

Watching the reaction to Dark Souls on Switch has been fascinating. It's like a time warp into the year 2009, where I was able to witness all sorts of "nope, I'm giving up" reactions after people's first foray into the S...   read

Blizzard just added an amazing item for the 14th anniversary of World of Warcraft: the Overtuned Corgi Goggles. The description doesn't mess around, as they literally allow you to view the world as if it were inhabited b...   read
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Nintendo has made a point of telling us, for the past year, that the 3DS is still going to be a thing until the Switch is a "multiple device per household" product. Let us count the ways: here, here, here and here (you'r...   read

  Watch Video Darksiders really took me by surprise back in 2010. It kind of just...came out compliments of the now-dead Vigil Games, some of whom moved on to various studios including Gunfire, who are working on the third entry. Thou...   read

10 years ago this very week, World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion (its second) changed the entire MMO landscape. While Blizzard had already helped bolster the genre with World of Warcraft proper and the fantas...   read

MMOs are a tough business. Not only do you have to keep casual players entertained, you also have to feed the needs of a famished veteran player base who are constantly looking for new challenges. Square Enix's Final Fantasy ...   read

The time has come for the beginning of the year-end Nintendo "this is war" period of releases, with none other than a pair of Pokemon Let's Go games slamming onto the Switch. You'll also find RocketsRocketsRockets, Mother Rus...   read

Metroid Prime 4 is a mega-mystery at the moment. You know when studios get up on stage and announce a game at a tradeshow -- they usually clue us into what developer is handling it, or, at the very least, provide that informa...   read

Several weeks ago I noticed that a whopping 36 indie releases were let loose upon the Nintendo Switch eShop at once. As in, 36 games, not even including big ticket digital projects, were plopped onto the singular Switch eShop...   read

Magic: Arena has been trucking for some time this year and only in this past month did it enter its open beta phase. Yep, no friend codes needed, you can just jump in and play and experience what is basically a 1:1 analog of ...   read

Lumines Remastered has been out for several months now and we're just starting to get to the bottom of what platforms worked out for publisher Enhance Games. Rhythm legend Tetsuya Mizuguchi was on a recent episode of the Game...   read

As most Cartoon Network viewers know, they're all over the place with scheduling and mid-season breaks (heck, just breaks in general). Sometimes a show will be super-hyped for months and then burned off in weeks, only to pop ...   read

Because Fallout 76 is supposed to be "something different," Bethesda went ahead and broke down a lot of the things people liked about the series to make it work online. One of the alterations I'm not so sure about is the...   read

Over time players started to collectively notice that in Destiny 2: Forsaken, long times were significantly longer in some cases on consoles. Perhaps it's a sign of the underlying problems with Destiny 2's code (a factor...   read

My Hero Academia has had an explosive year despite its humble origins back in 2014 as a manga. It's hosted a third season of its anime adaptation this year and a full feature film (that got a theatrical release in the west) a...   read

I'm in awe of the Zelda art community once again as Reddit user thackraydaiquiri shared their rendition of Hyrule as a series of national parks, including takes on Hyrule Field, Death Mountain and the Deku Tree. Although all ...   read

  Watch Video Insomniac did a decent job of adapting the Black Cat character (including drip-fed bits of her father's time with the mantle) with the recent Spider-Man DLC "The Heist," and now the three-part ($24.99) season pass is set to c...   read
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  Watch Video Nintendo Minute has spilled the beans: Katamari Damacy Reroll (the Switch version of the original Katamari) will arrive on December 7. While it's not the biggest news ever given that Katamari Damacy is 14 years old, the fact ...   read

Man that above key art rocks. I mean, I'd play a game where that was a power-up. What's it for? Well, it's a little less exciting than a new Mega Man entry: it's a Red Bull promo. Yep in Japan the little guy is teaming u...   read
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To help promote the Lucio-Oh's cereal that was officially revealed at BlizzCon, the company is giving away Lucio's "debut album" for free. All you have to do is head here to grab Synaesthesia Auditiva, which you can download ...   read

Magic: The Gathering Arena is starting to gain some momentum and if the developers can solve the dreaded "fifth card problem" (read: rewarding players fairly for getting cards they don't need) and shape up the economy it has ...   read

  Watch Video Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee are both set to debut this Friday. Arguably one of the last big games of 2019 (outside of Fallout 76 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), it's poised to potentially dominate the holida...   read

  Watch Video Game Freak has been killing it for nearly three decades now (their 30th anniversary is next April). While Nintendo gets a lot of the spotlight when it comes to the Pokemon series Game Freak is there actually developing all of...   read

As major companies push for cloud-based gaming (Google and Ubisoft are its current champions) Capcom is going to try to continue to make sense of it all. Speaking during an investor Q&A for the first half of the fiscal ye...   read

So this happened. Back in October Microsoft was allegedly in talks to acquire Obsidian Entertainment, purveyor of the best modern Fallout in New Vegas (we have proof) and more recently, the Pillars of Eternity ...   read

Looking back inXile has a history of buddying up with Microsoft, so when recent rumors suggested that they were working out a deal to become acquired by them, it made sense. Back in 2013 its CEO Brian Fargo talked up Microsof...   read

Mouse and keyboard support for consoles has been a divisive issue for over a decade. Microsoft even tried experimenting with it Shadowrun on the Xbox 360 and the results were mixed (I was there! It was a wild time for online ...   read

Of all places, we're learning more about an anime game at Microsoft's X018 event today. Jump Force has been gaining momentum since its E3 reveal and today publisher Bandai Namco confirmed two more characters: SSGSS (Super Sai...   read


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.