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May 11, 2006 at 7:00 AM

E3: “Booth babe” report

A silly side issue has been playing out at the E3 conference. This year, the show’s organizers have asked that the models hired by companies — the so-called “booth babes” — tone down the skimpy outfits. In previous years, some companies have gone so far as to re-create a bikini beach volleyball game in front of the appreciative and mostly male crowd.

The models are showing less skin this year, for sure, but the clothes are just as tight. And companies are getting creative: bikinis have been replaced by nurses’ outfits, for example. One company even hired some girls to stage a fake protest to the new rule outside the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Here are some photos of the models on the Myspace page of a guy who seems to have done nothing else yesterday except get his picture taken with them.

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