Does Anyone Miss The E3 Booth Babes?
The post-E3 headlines are all over the place, which is perfectly normal. But after reading such headlines for quite a few years, I've noticed a distinct lacking...
Where the hell are the E3 booth babes?! Damnit all.
They're there. They exist. You can go find them right now if you want. But boy, in comparison to recent years...?
Oh, right, I forgot. The industry is all grown up now - 'cuz you're growns up and you're growns up and you're growns up! -- Which movie? - and of course, we never really needed hot girls to show off these products in the first place. The implication was always that the average age of a gamer was about 17, and he had never had a girlfriend...which, let's face the gloomy truth, was probably true at one point in the history of gaming.
And yeah, the average age is over 30 now and just about everyone and everyone's grandmother has played a video game at some point, so the titillation really isn't necessary and it would probably only be counterproductive, at least from a progression and maturity standpoint. But in a lot of ways, the booth babes were a tradition and I'm just not the biggest fan of ditching traditions. I mean, come on...the booth babe coverage added a little levity to the post-E3 arguments and discussions; the pics put smiles on our faces and made us kinda remember that in fact, this is all just for fun. Not stern, grave debate. Fun.
I should also add that maybe booth babes were significant because in truth, hot girls and gaming never really went together. I suppose they do now, as per recent evidence, but back then, chicks like those weren't often seen in arcades. So the contrast is another reason it was so big. All in all, I get it. I really do. But at the same time, I have to say- I miss 'em.
6/8/2012 Ben Dutka