(Thanks to Evil Avatar for digging this up.)
Every year around E3 gaming journos like to ponder the question of the booth babe. While research informs us that these women are hardly being exploited, there's always a certain uneasiness around the idea of using beautiful women to sell products that honestly have little to do with beautiful women. Booth babes are a ploy held over from back when videogames were just a boys' club.
Now while some of us ponder whether the booth babe will sunset as the game industry population diversifies, others have different ideas. E3girls.com, a website devoted to E3 booth babes year-round, has released a DVD of nothing but video footage of E3 2004 booth babes. The Home LAN Federation & Alliance has a review. The footage is amateurish at best, and honestly I can't imagine why anybody would think this would be worth $24-plus-shipping, but then I've never really been one for booth babes.
E3girls.com's obligatory tagline, "It's not about the games," begs the question, "So what is it about then?" I know a lot of people who sort of shake their heads at E3, but feel obligated to go. The most positive assessment I've heard from devs is that it gives us one last big weekend of parties before coming back to crunch for the holiday releases; something like a midwinter's feast. So I put it to you as Charlie Brown once famously asked Linus VanPelt: What is the true meaning of E3?