Gamer Spotlight: Blair Herter

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Blair Herter (Producer, Host)

Born and raised in Louisiana, Blair Herter packed up his things nearly 20 years ago and drove his Camaro west in search of a career in the entertainment industry. He bounced between the west coast and New York City for a while, working at MTV for several years as a Producer and On-Air Talent for shows such as Road Rules, The Challenge Aftershow (MTV’s first-ever digital show) and The Big Ten.  He was also the channel’s first On-Air talent dedicated to gaming. He joined the G4 Network in 2007 where he worked on shows like Attack of the Show! and X-Play, as well as co-hosting the 1st season of American Ninja Warrior.

While at G4 he met and fell in love with fellow on-air personality Jessica Chobot and the couple were married in 2012. Shortly afterwards, G4 went through a rebranding and Blair moved on to a position as Executive Director at marketing agency Midnight Oil before joining IGN in 2017 where he led their Branded Content & Originals Development teams. Blair left the company alongside IGN’s Head of Programming — a former G4 colleague — in March of 2019 to launch a new venture announcing later this spring. He enjoys spending time with his family in their Los Angeles area home and cheering on his beloved New Orleans Saints.

img_0698What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“There are a lot of years and a lot of libations between my “first” days and this article. So, while I may not be able to put my finger on the first game I played, I CAN share my most vivid memory of the beginning of my obsession.

1985. The year I passed on a birthday present and report card rewards to pad the coffers for what would end up being the greatest Christmas of all time. That’s right, People Old Enough to Remember This Legendary Year: Santa rolled through the trailer park I grew up in with an NES, the Mario/Duck Hunt combo cartridge, Gyromite, and R.O.B.

Upside: In ’85 you couldn’t ask for a better loot drop!

Downside: We opened presents at 6am and had to pile into my mom’s Ford Escort by 9 for our annual holiday road trip to the Grandparent’s house in Missouri. Imagine opening all that goodness THEN LEAVING IT BEHIND FOR A WEEK.

Related: this is how I learned patience.”

What are your favorite games of all time?

“This is an impossible question that I’ll NEVER be able to answer, so I’ll keep this one short and just say that my favorite GENRE is RPGs, and standouts in the space include The Witcher 3, Diablo 2, Skyrim, and Divinity: Original Sin 2.”

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Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

“I spend as much time as I can outdoors, and really connect with endurance sports. I don’t have a ton of time to myself during normal human hours, so I try to wake up every day at 5am and get in a nice long bike ride, run, or some sort of training session.  Really, anything that pushes the limits of what I think I’m capable of. I believe that breaking through ceilings on my own helps me contribute more as a member of a team.  I have no hard science to support this, but it’s my interview so I’m sticking with it.

Beyond that, I really enjoy reading (I’ve probably averaged a book a week since middle school), spending time with my family (of course), and bourbon.”

img_0700Do you and your children play video games together?

“Jessica and I are both huge gamers, and our son has been exposed to games since birth.  Seriously.  I’ve attached a picture of him at a week old, watching me play Bioshock Infinite.

That said, while he’s always WATCHED us play, and has dabbled in things like Minecraft and Roblox himself, it wasn’t until Kingdom Hearts 3 that we truly played a game together.  I didn’t touch it when he wasn’t around, and we experienced every piece of it side-by-side.  It was AWESOME and I look forward to many more nights of the same!”

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

“I unlocked these two Perks very early on in the Game of Life, and I keep them active in my tree at all times:

  1. Don’t Sleep: Allows user to function at a medium to high level on 4-6 hours of sleep a night.
  2. Perspective (Passive): User is always aware that family, community, and personal growth define him, and work is just the thing that happens when not leveling up those 3 Primary Attributes”

What is your proudest moment as a parent?

“This one is easy: Each new day delivers a new proudest moment.  Parenthood is a constantly updating series of magical events.”

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