Mixer Streamer, Freelance Writer
Chris Berto served in the United States Army for 8 years before retiring from duty and starting a career in IT, currently working as an IT manager for a Naples, FL hospital. Chris has also worked as a freelance writer, covering the games industry for outlets such as We The Nerdy and more recently he’s tried his hand at streaming, launching his own channel at Mixer.com/CB3RTO.
What is the first video game that you remember playing?
“One Must Fall 2097 on my dad’s Compaq Presario in the early 90s.”
What are your favorite games of all time?
“My brother and I played the original Contra (NES) constantly as kids, so much so we had to eventually buy a 2nd copy because we wore out the first one.
I must have more cumulative hours of gameplay in World of Warcraft than my next 2 most played games combined. Countless memories, a bunch of RL friendships, and 1 failed marriage are all the results of my time in Warcraft.”
Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?
” I work too much, and spend all my non-gaming time w/ my family. Does being a husband/father count as a hobby or pastime? I watch wrestling (WWE) and even subscribe to the WWE Network because I’ve never grown up and enjoy “professional wrestling”. Oh yea, I stream games on Mixer (not unlike Luke Lohr), but that’s not “besides gaming” so this sentence doesn’t count.”
Do you and your children play video games together?
“My children are 2.5 years and 6 months old. That’s a strong no, but my oldest daughter does get the Wii U controller and mimic playing Mario Kart with my wife and I. (note: we don’t own a Wii U but we haven’t told the girls that yet. They’re still gullible and a little stupid)”
How do you make time for gaming with a busy family life and career?
“I work at a hospital and don’t normally come home w/ less than 50-55 hours under my belt. By the time I do get home I have ~2.5 hours before we get our oldest daughter into bed. Once my girls are asleep I get my alone time (my wife typically uses this time to unwind from being a stay-at-home wife and relaxes in bed) and that’s when I game. I also use the rare occasions where my wife takes the girls out somewhere (church on Sundays, play dates at grandmas, etc) to get in some quality game time. I manage to play games 4 or 5 nights a week w/o issue, and on weekends I’ll capitalize on not having to get up early and game late into the night, sometimes 2 or 3am.”
What is your proudest moment as a parent?
“Again, my children are very young so they haven’t done much in terms of impressing me (lol), but watching my oldest simply grow up and turn into a young child puts a smile on my face. Every day she wakes up with some new skill, vocabulary, or mannerism and it just blows my mind that I had anything to do w/ her creation. She’s smarter at her age now than I was at 4 and she’s my absolute pride and joy. Perhaps the TL;DR answer to this question is this: the moment I held my daughter for the first time was the proudest I’ve ever been. Going up to co-workers and sharing her pictures anytime someone asked with a shit-eating grin on my face was my MO for almost 6 months.”
You can catch Chris on his Mixer channel by subscribing at Mixer.com/CB3RTO