Origins Photo Surveys
Origins '01: Stalking the Booth Babe
by Mark P., text by Sandy Antunes
July 16, 2001
"The Zorrow woman" is Celia Liang, a long-time gamer who helps out
at Cons, not hired bait [thanks, John Nephews]. The lady in vinyl/
was with Third World Games, and likely was Kachiko of Cons past
[thanks, several]. The Mad Royalty was pleased with being dubbed
with that title. Despite this total lack of journalistic coordination
on our part, our thesis remains intact: Gamer booth babes aren't just
hired talent, but are gamers too!
One can measure of how serious an entertainment show is, simply by
surveying the percentage of Booth Babes. This is, of course, utter
nonsense propagated by a geek-run industry (specifically, a legacy
of the computer game industry), but hey, we just cover the news.
So our intrepid photographer set out to survey the booth babe-ness of
Origins '01. Then, he left me photos without labels to sort. So we
break this into three categories to pretend that we're applying some
sort of fair, scientific morphological scheme to this all.
As with all our photo surveys, click on the thumbnail image to see the
Babes of the Booth
First mention goes to
Looney Labs, who ran constant games and demos and had a mixed support
team of men and women. Naturally, we photographed this plucky demo
queen rather than, say, Andrew Looney. "Stay true to one's theme",
that's our motto. In a way, since she was running games and not just
looking pretty, it's questionable whether the 'booth' part of Booth Babe
qualifies. (Besides, as an astronomer I have a thing for labcoats.)
Next comes the
A-Z dancers, promoting Rein*hagen's new venture. They scored massive
bonus points in our intangible ratings for:
- Being dressed like the game packaging
- Ditching their lame music for the better stuff Synister was pumping out next door to them
- Being actually connected to the publisher (i.e. girlfriend/friend), not just models-for-hire.
Booth Babes can max out with the 'classy' stat,
as this Gold Rush Games/Zorro
promo woman shows. She fits the definition: babe hired to be near the
booth. Definitely relevant to the game's theme (and source material),
so GRG scores bonus points for that.
In a similar fashion, a seller of medieval goods can-- nay, should
have one or two obligatory
busty medievals wench-like booth babes. Certainly, given the dominance
of the fantasy genre, this is Con-appropriate.
And then we have the classic
chainmail bikini chick, seen in art area. Why the art area, I
have no idea. "Look, gorgeous pictures, and in case you can't
visually tell, we'll (barely) put chainmail on this woman." I
can understand it as a cheap promo ploy for the publishing area,
but in the art show, perhaps it was just her choice of garb.
Similarly, our photographer spotted this
leather model from afar. I'm not sure if it was exhibit hall or
art room so I'm guessing, but it does bring that fantasy gaming
feel to the area.
And here in what looks like the art gallery, we have
another medieval chick with nice
embroidery. The outfit makes this picture (well, that, and the smile),
and overall does give a more artsy feel to things, so I'd rate this
Booth-i-ness as a positive gain.
But hey, who needs to hire models?
Apparently a life-sized and fairly
pathetic Mageknight figure is enough.
Or just slap a set of
wings on a mannequin! God we're pathetic.
This is the category for "Mark gave me the pictures with no labels."
For example, this
boothless scifi woman. Is she from Quake (judging by the rocket launcher
slung over her pack?) Or freelance?
Is this woman a
larper? Mad royalty?
Is Sean Jaffe trying to score? I swear, trying to figure out these
pictures is impossible.
Well, we're no E3. That's probably good, though. Overwhelming, the
"eye candy" also had direct relevance to the actual material being
sold, which I see as a good thing. That many of the models also
were part of the game industry, and not just paid flesh, is heartening.
So the next time you see a booth babe at a gaming convention, don't
just think "Wow, untouchable sexy woman", think "and damn, she games, too!".