There is an interesting discussion going on in the irc channel about this. Let's get some discussion going here, too:
How does the community in general feel about Booth Babes? Personally I think they are demeaning and take away from the focus of community, comraderie and gaming. How do others feel?
What counts as a "Booth Babe"? My personal feeling is that a booth babe is someone who is dressed up in a skimpy outfit and has no knowledge of the game they are there to promote, and also no knowledge of gaming in general. If all they are there for is to attract young male gamers to the booth, and serve no other useful function, I think that they are a distraction to what PAX is about.
Did you feel like any of the women in the expo hall were booth babes? I don't know, what do you guys think? I didnt have the time or inclination to try to talk to any of the scantily clad ladies I saw there this year, so I can't say for certain if they fit with my definition of the term. I really hope that they were there to talk about the product and to help promote it by giving others knowledge of it, but I wasn't able to talk to any of them to find out. What do you guys think?