Eurogamer Expo Bans Booth Babes

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Some of these arguments are pretty weak, though it is beginning to sound like this discussion is basically not going anywhere. :/

Cosplayers do it for fun, (sure, maybe they treat it like a business, but they are independently doing it)
Booth babes are hired eye candy brought to conventions to give a booth a leg up on others by drawing attention because of their hot chicks standing around.

If doesn't matter if the girls are showing off lots of skin or not, or if you'd see worse at a beach, we're talking about a convention showing off games and these girls are only here for the sole reason that sex sells.

It may make the convention less than family friendly, it may may some men and women uncomfortable, but above all of that they really don't have a real purpose being there and just distract from the real point. How many times have you clicked a link, or bought something because of some sexy pic on it, only to find out the product sucked? This is what they should be trying to do away with.

Actually, I rather wonder if this might not cause some companies to pay cosplayers dressed as their companies' characters to wander the floor. Funding a few moderately attractive people's costume designs would probably be significantly less expensive than hiring models anyway.

Hmmm, now I kinda wonder what happens when games companies start bringing into women who are experts at the games, and dress like cosplayers.

Cause seriously, if you think that this ban will stop booth babes, you're an idiot. The companies will just figure out ways around it.

Like in wow, my guild has a large amount of female members, some who are incredibly good looking according to what "society" says a pretty woman should be. One of them is the secondary raid lead for goodness sakes. So if Blizzard got someone like her, dressed her up like a blood elf and had her hawking their newest wow whatever, with the ability to shut up the wildhammer fact checker, would that be bad then? Step up, step down? What if she was volunteering and not getting paid for it?

Ashannon Blackthorn:
Hmmm, now I kinda wonder what happens when games companies start bringing into women who are experts at the games, and dress like cosplayers.

Cause seriously, if you think that this ban will stop booth babes, you're an idiot. The companies will just figure out ways around it.

Like in wow, my guild has a large amount of female members, some who are incredibly good looking according to what "society" says a pretty woman should be. One of them is the secondary raid lead for goodness sakes. So if Blizzard got someone like her, dressed her up like a blood elf and had her hawking their newest wow whatever, with the ability to shut up the wildhammer fact checker, would that be bad then? Step up, step down? What if she was volunteering and not getting paid for it?

It'd still be bad. Its the same problem i have with the D20 girls... They may know something on the topic, but they still aren't being employeed for there brains, they are being employeed for their stunnning racks.

Its pandering, its silly & to be honest its more then a little skeevy. Time for it to die the death it deserves.

Damn prudish European Culture!!

OT: It was their house and those companies where breaking the rules.

EDIT: Also its a business strategy I think. Getting rid of the "babes" makes games feel less exclusionary to women. Though I do agree with the one poster about bring along some booth-studs as a comprise!

Finally. I go there(well im not there this time) to look at games and related, not to see porn actors.

We will not allow men and women who aspire in their career to be models and building their portfolio and help earn a living and develop a career. Also, apparently due to how risky these models dress and given the demographic we must have it remain child friendly because someone must think of the children.

Yep it's official, the video game industry now has a religious right enforcing their morality.

disson on models is common sense and not religion, but thish as been soooo covered in the escapsit forums half a year back im not going to go into this.

I've got no problem with this either way. It's their event, so it's up to them to set the tone.

Personally, I think booth babes are a bit silly in the same way that I think those shirtless male models outside Hollister shops are a bit silly. (Wearing minimal clothing to promote a clothes shop seems a bit counter-intuitive. More importantly: it's bloody October! They must be freezing.)

It also seems to be quite an American idea (both the booth babes and the Hollister strippers), which aggravates my stubborn-Brit syndrome. ;)

Good.

I go to the London Euro gamer expo to look at games... not women... I mean common... specifically a place the gender ratio is extremely.... to use an economic term: inelastic :P

There will be girl gamers there but, they will have cloths on . Which is appreciated.

MetalMagpie:
I've got no problem with this either way. It's their event, so it's up to them to set the tone.

Personally, I think booth babes are a bit silly in the same way that I think those shirtless male models outside Hollister shops are a bit silly. (Wearing minimal clothing to promote a clothes shop seems a bit counter-intuitive. More importantly: it's bloody October! They must be freezing.)

It also seems to be quite an American idea (both the booth babes and the Hollister strippers), which aggravates my stubborn-Brit syndrome. ;)

Trust me, these are both terrible ideas, not to mention how creepy it is having to walk past some half-naked guy to go into, you know, a clothing store.

ensouls:

MetalMagpie:
I've got no problem with this either way. It's their event, so it's up to them to set the tone.

Personally, I think booth babes are a bit silly in the same way that I think those shirtless male models outside Hollister shops are a bit silly. (Wearing minimal clothing to promote a clothes shop seems a bit counter-intuitive. More importantly: it's bloody October! They must be freezing.)

It also seems to be quite an American idea (both the booth babes and the Hollister strippers), which aggravates my stubborn-Brit syndrome. ;)

Trust me, these are both terrible ideas, not to mention how creepy it is having to walk past some half-naked guy to go into, you know, a clothing store.

Yeah, there's a branch of Hollister near me in London. I've never actually been inside, partially because the first few times I past it I thought it was a restaurant, but mostly because of the shirtless men hanging around by the door. Like you said, it's a bit weird. And there are plenty of other clothes shops.

Just to be clear: I have no problem with shirtless men in an appropriate setting. There's a gay club near me that always has a couple of male dancers up on stage, usually wearing jeans and nothing else. But that's a nightclub.

Sylveria:

hooksashands:

Andy Chalk:
I have a problem with an artificial distinction being made to mollify people who get nervous around pretty girls.

Well played. I especially like the part where you use "people" instead of "virgins" and "pretty girls" instead of "bimbos being paid to cheapen any cultural identity video games might have once had."

Should I link you to the Japanese commercial for Zelda to remind you of how "dignified" video game advertising started out?

Should I point out that the commercial you're referring to has nothing that marks it as offensive or encapsulates the shame of videogamers worldwide?

Granted, I don't speak Japanese. The only thing I'm aware of in the commercial that could be insulting is that Zelda is being held in a cage, seemingly waiting to be rescued. This trend didn't continue for twenty more years, however. She eventually got a backstory and motivation. At one point she develops an asexual persona who is so powerful that-- You know what, fuck it. All I'm gonna say is that dog won't hunt.

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