Gamer Spotlight: Peter Toledo

Peter Toledo (Co-host on Gamertag Radio)

Born and raised in Miami, Peter grew up loving music, sports, and video games. Growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s, his introduction to gaming was on the Atari 2600 but as he got older though his other hobbies took priority and he set gaming aside. The arrival of the PlayStation 2 reignited his love of gaming however and he hasn’t put down his controller since.

in 2007 he joined the crew at Gamertag Radio, one of the longest running video game podcasts which recently celebrated their 1,000th episode. Together with hosts Danny Pena and Parris Lilly they cover all corners of the games industry. In his day job, Peter been in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years and recently relocated to Switzerland for work.

What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“That was quite a while ago… I’d have to say it was either Breakout or Space Invaders. You know one of those sit down type games that you would see at restaurants in the waiting area back in the day. Shortly after that my parents got me the Magnavox Odyssey 2 for Christmas after asking for an Atari 2600. I always got the alternate console because just the way things went. So when everyone got a Nintendo, I got the Sega. Which ended up being the best since my friends all had Nintendo, we’d just kick it at each other’s houses and play. “

What are your favorite games of all time?

“Going back to my youth, Super Mario Bros 2, Excitebike, Dragons Lair, Space Ace and Street Fighter would be the ones that come to mind first. I really got into the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six back in the early 2000’s and had some success in local and online tournaments. Nowadays, you’ll find me playing Escape From Tarkov, PUBG & Call of Duty Warzone.”

Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

“Outside of video games, One of my biggest passions is collecting comic books. The older, the better as I mostly collect Gold and Silver age stuff. I just love the storylines and how they set the stage for where comics are now. I love Marvel, but have always been a DC person myself at heart. At one point, I auditioned for Milestone comics back in the early 90’s when they first opened and missed out as an inker under the late Denys Cowan. I also play the guitar to absolutely no one and more recently, I’ve been exploring the trails and mountains of Switzerland where I live.”

Do you and your children play video games together?

“Not as much anymore unfortunately since I moved. Game nights between the family usually consisted of co-op or multiplayer games on the couch as well as board games. Most recently, we did Jackbox Party Pack 4. We had to do a combination of streaming + facetime + chrome casting to make it work. I am looking forward to a handful of titles coming out for the PS5 as they’ll encourage us to spend some time on the couch again once my family comes over. With my son moving to California later this year the 9 hour time difference will make things challenging but we’ll figure it out I’m sure.”

How do you make time for gaming with a busy family life and career?

“Right now, I’d say it’s easier than ever since I’m living alone LOL. Honestly, there is no handbook on how to do things, so I just made sure that the wife and kids were taken care of before jumping on. Obviously family takes precedence in life and things happen, especially when you have an extended family like ours. But always make sure the kids and wife are happy and settled before jumping in. For me the more difficult part was keeping the excitement and voice down in the later parts of the evening so I’m usually super cautious of my voice in the later parts of the night. “

What is your proudest moment as a parent?

“Welcome to Cliche’, Switzerland… population 1. I’d have to say that my proudest moment is the fact that both my kids are well mannered, well spoken and generally amazing in their own ways. Individually, my son just graduated college and is heading to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of eSports casting and has been a part of the Amateur casting scene already for a number of years. My daughter just graduated high school a year early by finishing both 11th and 12th grade in the same school year and has already been accepted at her #1 college here in Europe. I couldn’t be any more proud as a father of those two.”

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