Meet the Family: Naded

07 Aug

ASTRO’s Stream Team consists of hand-picked live-streamers of varying interests and styles. On top of hosting on the ASTRO channel, they run their own streams and provide monthly give-aways of ASTRO products.

San Francisco based Brett “Naded” Leonard has been playing video games on a professional level for the past 9 years, including computing in hundreds of Halo tournaments. No stranger from coming out on top, he’s regarded as one of the best players in Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4. His stream will often reflect his dedication to the Halo franchise, as well as whatever games he intends to compete with in tournaments. While his main focus is always to keep game play top notch, he’s always trying to keep things light and entertaining for his audience.

ASTRO: How did you first get into gaming?
Naded: I first got into gaming back when I was around 3 to 4 years old, I got my first system the Super Nintendo and started gaming Super Mario World all the time.

ASTRO: What game(s) are you currently playing?
Naded: Mostly Halo 3/Halo 2 until Master Chief Collection is released.

ASTRO: Which game(s) or game series has been with you the longest? What can you not get enough of?
Naded: My favorite game series is Halo of course. I can not get enough of the game Halo 2, easily my favorite game of the series.

ASTRO: What is your favorite game-related memory and why?
Naded: My favorite gaming related memory is going to my first Major League Gaming Event in Los Angeles in 2005. It was so fun meeting all the pro players and also doing pretty well for my first major tournament.

ASTRO: What do you hope to see in the future of gaming?
Naded: I hope to see more gaming companies develop games catered more towards esports. I  am a competitive guy and my favorite games are ones I can compete in against other players.

ASTRO: If you could tell your younger-self one thing, what would you say?
Naded: I would say that keep staying positive, you never know what life can have in store for you.  Also, don’t be afraid to speak up.

ASTRO: What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
Naded: I would say just keep trying to get your big break. Just get yourself noticed out there, it could be from placing well at a tournament or showing off your personality. Eventually if you work hard enough it will pay off.

ASTRO: What, in your opinion, makes your stream unique and awesome?
Naded: My stream is unique because I keep it funny and entertaining while interacting with chat a lot, but I also keep the gameplay top notch. I feel I still am in my prime for competing and will continue to improve for a long time. I love my fans and supporters and do not let them down when it comes to providing them quality entertainment.Nadedpic1

ASTRO: What has been your favorite game to stream thus far?
Naded: My favorite game to stream has been Halo 3.

ASTRO: Which Astros are your favorite to use?
Naded: My favorite Astros to use for gaming is the A40s, for listening to music the A38s, and when I am relaxing on the couch or laying in bed watching a movie I go with the A50s.

ASTRO: Are they rocking any special speaker tags?
Naded: I rock The Bay speaker tags since I always will love the Bay Area where I grew up!

ASTRO: What do you do when you’re not streaming?
Naded: My favorite things to do when I am not streaming are playing basketball, hiking, biking, and going to sporting events.

ASTRO: What about your hobbies—those fabled things you do for fun when you’re not gaming?
Naded: My favorite hobby has to be hiking. Everyone always tells me they don’t expect a guy that plays video games all the time to love the outdoors, but I do! I have hiked Mount Diablo many times to the summit and also am going to be hiking Half Dome in Yosemite, California very soon as well.  I can’t get enough of nature and surviving in the outdoors.

ASTRO: Favorite vacation spot?
Naded: My favorite vacation spot is the Jersey Shore. Some of my family lives out there and we always take a trip over there to my Grandma’s beach house to spend some time. Nothing like spending time with your family on the beach and getting some great East Coast food.

ASTRO: Best movie of all time in your opinion?
Naded: National Treasure, c’mon you know its the best too.

ASTRO: The music that is, to put it succinctly, “your jam”?
Naded: I personally am very open minded so I enjoy a variety of all genres of music, just depends on what I feel like listening to. My favorite artist of all time though is Tom Petty.

ASTRO: And speaking of jam—-what’s your favorite food?
Naded: My favorite food has got to be anything from AT&T Park in San Francisco, Garlic Fries, Carvery Sandwiches, Ghirardelli Sundaes, Crab Sandwiches, and just anything else there!

ASTRO: Best brain food:
Naded: Stay humble.

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