Jessica Chobot

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Jessica Chobot
Jessica Chobot - Independent Games Festival 2010.jpg
Jessica Chobot at the Independent Games Festival
Born Jessica Lynn Horn
(1977-07-07) July 7, 1977 (age 36)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Occupation Presenter, host
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Blair Herter (2012-present)

Jessica Chobot (born Jessica Lynn Horn) is an American on-camera host.[1] She is best known for hosting the IGN shows IGN Strategize and Weekly Wood, which also runs on Xbox Live; and she used to present the IGN Daily Fix.

Early life[edit]

Jessica Chobot was born on July 7, 1977 in Buffalo, New York. Her family moved from town to town frequently during her youth. Before entering high school, Chobot lived in several places on the East Coast and the Midwest.[2]

Career[edit]

Chobot gained exposure when a modeling photo of her licking the Sony PSP appeared online in 2005. The photo has been widely parodied since, even appearing on Sony-branded advertising.[3] Supplementing her love of video games is an obsession with Japanese culture, specifically anime and manga.

In 2006, Chobot was hired full-time by IGN.com to take over hosting responsibilities for the network's IGN Weekly show which is still running. Her segments included stand-up introductions as well as "woman-on-the-street" pieces. Starting in 2009 and ending in 2011, Chobot hosted a daily show entitled "IGN Daily Fix"; the first episode aired March 23, 2009. In addition, she contributes columns, features and reviews and runs a blog on IGN. Chobot is also a former contributor to FHM UK, Mania.com, and has made multiple appearances on G4's "Filter" and "Attack of the Show!". She has also hosted a videogame preview segment for Fuel TV’s, “The Daily Habit,” and co-hosts on Lifeskool TV’s, “Gamer’s Dojo”. She also contributes as a weekly guest on Maxim Radio, where she answers caller questions for an hour each Monday.[citation needed] Chobot and Ryan Dunn starred in Proving Ground, a program whose airing cycle was disrupted by Dunn's death in an automotive crash on June 20, 2011 after the end of production; the program was pulled from airing for a month before returning to finish its run beginning on July 19, 2011.

Chobot has appeared on commercials for ADV’s Anime Network On Demand cable station, and lent her likeness to Symbiote Studios Toy Company for two limited-edition anime-style sculptures. In addition, she has modeled for the J!NX female gamers clothing line. In 2006-2007, she co-wrote a sci-fi script with writer/director/creator of Tron, Steven Lisberger, for Soul Code.[4] Current collaborations include an anime-style collectible figurine in development with Symbiote Studios, a representative of JiNX.com women's apparel line. Chobot is also writing the "Ask Jess, Dammit!" blog for Maxim.[5] She was named the 88th most desirable woman of 2008 by AskMen magazine[6] and 14th hottest woman of business 2009 by Business Pundit.[7] Chobot also hosts a weekly show featured on Inside Xbox called IGN strategize. Chobot recently placed at #57 in the 2011 Askmen's Top 99 Women poll.[8] Recently, she voiced news reporter Diana Allers in Mass Effect 3, a character modelled in her likeness. This last was later revealed to be what one journalist described as a "grotesque instance" when it came out that Chobot had previewed the game on G4TV and written that she was a huge fan of BioWare, though both Chobot and IGN made it known that she would not review the game in any official capacity.[9]

On November 4, 2013 Chobot began work as the main host of Nerdist News, a news show focusing on nerdy pop culture updates airing 5 days a week on the the Nerdist Channel.

Chobot is currently serving as a writer for Daylight, an upcoming survival horror video game by Zombie Studios.[10]

Personal life[edit]

On August 21, 2011 Chobot became engaged to G4tv's Blair Herter and they were married in February 2012. The two had their first child on March 6, 2013.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Not a staff writer". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Jessica Chobot". Askmen.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Chobot, Jessica. "Biography". Symbioteststudios.com. Retrieved 2009-05-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ Diane, Garrett (2007-09-04). "Steven Lisberger to direct 'Code'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  5. ^ Chobot, Jessica. "Ask Jess, Dammit!". Maxim.com. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Top 99 women, 2008 Edition". AskMen. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  7. ^ "25 Hottest Women of Business". Business Pundit. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Jessica Chobot - Top 99 Women". AskMen. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  9. ^ Kain, Eric (October 26, 2012). "All The Pretty Doritos: How Video Game Journalism Went Off The Rails". Forbes.Com. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "JESSICA CHOBOT: STEPPING INTO DAYLIGHT". Polygon.com. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  11. ^ Ed Johnson (Aug 23, 2011). "G4/IGN’s Herter and Chobot get engaged with geek style". Zimbio.com. Retrieved Sep 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Vanessa Prat (Aug 26, 2011). "Gaming Host Proposes With Wonder Woman Inspired Ring". Since1910.com. Retrieved Sep 8, 2011. 

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