It was the “Lick felt ‘round the world.”
The year was 2005. The girl was Jessica Chobot (born Jessica Lynn Horn). And, considering the enduring ramifications, the picture was seductively simple: A Sony PSP – so phallic and libidinous in its own right – being licked, from top to bottom, slathered upon like a…ahem… Well, let’s be honest. You can say it was being tongue-bathed like an ice lolly or fudge pop, but not many men fantasize about water-based frozen snacks. Okay, maybe basement-gamers do, but this article isn’t about the dietary habits of MMO subscribers.
This is about the best thing to hit gaming since Lara Croft. This is about Jessica Chobot, certified gaming goddess.
She was born on July 7th, 1977 in Buffalo, New York, but spent most of her childhood moving about with her family. Before she reached high school, Jessica had lived in several places along the East Coast and Midwest; perhaps as a way to make amends for this constant uprooting and relocation, her every gaming whim was indulged -- more or less -- and the burgeoning Princess of Polygons soon owned every console and game she desired.
By the time she was a teenager, Jessica was supplementing her gaming obsession with other interests. According to AskMen, she went through a ‘punk/Goth phase that encompassed a preference for combat boots, Nietzsche and vampires. She also discovered role-playing games during this time, as characters like Malkavian and Toreador from White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade became her alter egos. She joined her first LARPing group while she was attending college in Ohio.’
Yes. You read that right. Jessica has LARP’d. If that doesn’t confirm your nerd cred, I don’t know what does.
After college, she settled into a more mainstream life and worked as an administrative assistant for a real estate agency. Dissatisfied with the corporate existence, Jessica picked up her game controller again – playing, in particular, World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy IX. During this time she made several attempts to move to Japan because of her love of anime and manga. But after being rejected from JET, she decided to stay in America, married her fiancé, and returned to college for teaching certification. She also quit the secretarial gig, and went to work at EB Games.
Fast-forward to 2005, and Jessica was now modeling. On the PSP’s release day, she also had a photo-shoot. She picked one up on her way, playfully took the now infamous picture, and, at the behest of a friend, jokingly sent it to Kotaku. Kotaku, as luck would have it, posted it, and was flooded with emails. Who is this girl? Where is she? Who does she work for? She was offered a position to write game reviews for a partner site, and she accepted.
That same year, at E3, she ran into an IGN representative who was impressed with her gaming knowledge and passion for Japanese culture. An editor offered her a position at IGN’s Insider’s channel, and she grabbed it, moving to California – leaving her old life -- and husband -- behind.
Once she began working at IGN in 2006, Jessica’s career truly took off. She became the regular host of IGN Weekly, landed regular guest spots on Maxim radio, served as game advisor on The Daily Habit, and even took over the dating advice columnist on the IGN Babes channel. On March 23rd, 2009, she began hosting the IGN Daily Fix and regular segments on Xbox Live and Fuel TV, as well as hosting one of IGN’s most popular blogs. A year later, Naomi Kyle replaced her and Jessica is now hosting IGN’s Weekly Wood, Mix'd Reviews, and Strategize. In addition, she has modeled for the J!NX female gamers clothing line and for a limited edition anime sculpture, and co-authored a sci-fi script with Tron creator Steve Lisberger called Soul Code, has made multiple appearances on G4’s Filter, Attack of the Show!, has co-hosted Gamer’s Dojo on Lifeskool TV. In 2011, Jessica began co-hosting G4’s Proving Ground with Ryan Dunn, a program whose airing cycle was disrupted by Dunn’s death in an automobile crash on June 20, 2011; the program was pulled from airing for a month before returning to finish its beginning on July 19th, 2011. In 2008, Jessica was named the 88th most desirable woman by AskMen magazine, and 14th hottest Woman of Business in 2009 by Business Pundit. Recently, she placed 57th in the 2011 AskMen’s Top 99 Women poll.
But what really cements Jessica Chobot’s place atop the Gaming Goddess throne is her involvement with EA and Bioware, and her role as NPC Diana Allers in Mass Effect 3. And yes, you can bring her aboard the Normandy and romance her – to save you the trouble, here you go.
One of the most important aspects of Jessica Chobot is her sex appeal, of course, but what makes that so important is what that sex appeal has achieved for the gaming industry. She has transformed a hobby that was generally reserved for geeks and nerds into something sexy, something popular and -- I daresay -- something cool. But she’s much more than just another pretty face. Known for speaking her mind, Jessica is also the brains behind the beauty.
And yes – in case you were wondering – she has also licked a PS Vita.
Some notable facts about Miss Chobot:
- She has owned the following game systems (in no particular order): Atari 2600, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, GameCube, N64, NES, SNES, Nintendo DS, PS2, PSP (duh), PlayStation, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3.
- Currently lives in Los Angeles.
- Jessica hates anthropomorphic animals, which is why she hates Disney movies, with the exception of Wall-E.
- She was married; however, when she divorced she kept the last name ‘Chobot.’ On August 24th, 2011, Jess became engaged to G4’s Blair Herter. They married on February 18th, 2012 (sorry, guys).
- Chun Li is Jess’s favorite character in gaming. And she will own you in Street Fighter 4, if she’s playing that character.
- She’s been nicknamed the ‘Baroness,’ due to her resemblance to that character.
- Jess was the cover model for Grand Theft Auto IV (*see slideshow*)
- She’s also a huge fan of Wonder Woman and cites actress Lynda Carter as her idol.
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