Jessica Chobot (born Jessica Lynn Horn; July 7, 1977) is an American
on-camera host and writer. She has hosted the
IGN shows IGN
Strategize and Weekly Wood, which also runs on Xbox Live; she
previously worked as presenter of the
IGN Daily Fix. Since 2013 she is
the host of
Nerdist News and
Nerdist News Talks Back for Nerdist
Industries. In 2014 she launched her own podcast titled Bizarre
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 External links
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.
Chobot gained exposure when
Kotaku published a photo of her licking a
Sony PSP online in 2005. The photo has been widely parodied
since, even appearing on Sony-branded advertising. Supplementing
her love of video games is an obsession with Japanese culture,
especially 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 titled "
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
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. 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. 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. She was named the
88th most desirable woman of 2008 by
AskMen magazine and 14th
hottest woman of business 2009 by Business Pundit. Chobot also
hosts a weekly show featured on Inside Xbox called
IGN strategize. In
2011 Chobot placed at #57 in the 2011 Askmen's Top 99 Women poll.
She voiced news reporter Diana Allers in Mass Effect 3, a character
modelled in her likeness;
Forbes contributor Erik Kain described this
as a "grotesque instance" of journalists being too close to
publishers, pointing out that "Chobot had previewed the game on G4TV
and written that she was a huge fan of BioWare", though both Chobot
IGN made it known that she would not review the game in any
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 Nerdist.com.
Chobot is the writer for Daylight, a survival horror video game by
Zombie Studios. The game launched on April 29, 2014
On June 26, 2014 Chobot launched her own podcast dedicated to the
weird and supernatural titled Bizarre States. The show is co-hosted by
fellow Nerdist Industries's employee
Andrew Bowser and features
In 2015 Chobot acted as one of the judges on the revived sixth series
of robotic combat game show Battlebots, and she acted as Samus Aran
for the movie Metroid: The Sky Calls, which was produced by a studio
named Rainfall. She played the role along with another actress named
Chobot was born Jessica Lynn Horn on July 7, 1977 and grew up in Novi,
Michigan. She was divorced from a previous marriage in 2006 but
kept the surname.
On August 21, 2011 Chobot became engaged to G4tv's
Blair Herter and
they married on February 18, 2012. They had their first child on March
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Stepping Into Daylight". Polygon.
^ Amini, Tina. "Step Aside,
Jessica Chobot Licking A PSP. There's A
New Scandalous Picture, And It Involves The Wii U". Kotaku. Retrieved
July 6, 2014.
^ Chobot, Jessica. "Biography". Symbioteststudios.com. Archived from
the original on July 25, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
^ Diane, Garrett (September 4, 2007). "
Steven Lisberger to direct
'Code'". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
^ Chobot, Jessica. "Ask Jess, Dammit!". Maxim.com. Archived from the
original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
^ "Top 99 women, 2008 Edition". AskMen. Archived from the original on
March 13, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
^ "25 Hottest Women of Business". Business Pundit. January 1, 2009.
Retrieved May 15, 2009.
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on January 22, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
^ Kain, Eric (October 26, 2012). "All The Pretty Doritos: How Video
Game Journalism Went Off The Rails". Forbes. Retrieved November 1,
^ Walton, Brian (November 5, 2013). "Watch the Premiere of Nerdist
News with Jessica Chobot!". Nerdist.
^ "Nerdist News". Nerdist.com.
^ "Bizarre States Podcast". Nerdist.
^ RainfallFilms (November 2, 2015). "Metroid: The Sky Calls // a
Rainfall Films Intergalactic Odyssey". YouTube.
^ Johnson, Ed (August 23, 2011). "G4/IGN's Herter and Chobot get
engaged with geek style". Zimbio.com. Archived from the original on
October 14, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
^ Prat, Vanessa (August 26, 2011). "Gaming Host Proposes With Wonder
Woman Inspired Ring". Since1910.com. Retrieved September 8,
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