PAX Surveys Alternatives To Its Booth Babe Ban

PAX Surveys Alternatives To Its Booth Babe Ban

Booth babes are a staple of many games expositions, but not Penny Arcade’s. Still, Some scanty-pants booth reps have made it into recent shows and caught PAX organisers’ attentions. Before they put their foot down, they want some community feedback.

“Our definition of a “booth babe” has been a model (male or female) that has been hired to stand/sit in skimpy clothing to market the product. If that person knows the product inside and out then it’s less of an issue,” writes Robert Khoo, Penny Arcade’s president of business development, in the online survey he posted today at the Penny Arcade forums. “A company representative that can interact with attendees in a way that provides value as opposed to ‘hey stare at my body’ is something that we encourage whether or not that representative is physically attractive or not.

“Over the past few years, I’ve heard both sides plead with me to change/enforce it one way or the other,” “So I thought it would be helpful to actually hear from the community on this,” Khoo writes.

The survey asks folks how they feel, generally speaking, about the PAX booth babe ban, and then what kind of alternative policies they might support as opposed to an outright ban. Answers range from “No bikini bottoms” and “no low-cut tops” to, uh, lower standards like “shirt required”. Respondents are also asked to give their gender.

Me? I’m thinking “pants required” is a pretty reasonable start.

The Booth Babe Policy [Penny Arcade]


  • Far as I’m concerned, as long as they actually know the product in-depth (studied, played, etc.) they can wear whatever they want.

    Or less.

  • Well they can’t discuss a product with you in photos, and why would I want to see pics of some pimply faced rep instead of some hot booth babe?
    Nuff said.

  • @Gobbo
    I know what you mean and I agree with you. An outright ban on booth babes is the only feasible outcome.

    Any move to prevent the spread of girl germs is to be applauded

    • I mean, uh, looks like she has a great personality?

      Dig up, stupid!

      But really, it does seem fairly inappropriate, given the surroundings.

  • Gotta say, I’m disappointed in the “gamers need to grow up” rhetoric. It’s not like us nerds get to see good looking scantily clad girls in RL, so why not let us enjoy it at said festivities.

  • I think they’re objectifying and an insult to our intelligence. I would much rather talk to someone who knows the product, comic, game, whatever, and see REAL fans than someone who was chosen because they “look hot”

  • booth babes r dumb, dont have em, save the money to wouldve spent to hire some and put some more game booths to play games…c’mon seriously do they sell more games by wearing less?

  • As far as I’m concerned Booth Babes are no different from a poster or teaser trailer. Except they’re called “Booth Babes”. Call them “Official Cosplay Representatives” and you may get a different opinion from people. It’s advertising. Let them do it, I don’t see any harm.

  • If the girls have no problem with thousands of Nerds fawning all over them…

    Then why ban it?

    I mean…these girls need jobs too, we’re denying them income by sitting on the moral horse =P

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