Let's face it, a Geek Fest without Scantily Clad Babes (SCB) is just as boring as Comdex - and will eventually suffer the same fate. If parents are worried about their impressionable 32 year old seeing SCB and thinking that perhaps there is a life outside of IT, then they shouldn't give them the money for the ticket.
The flesh police have already moved to clamp down on excessively hot dermatological action: booth babe Pauline K told Reuters that one strumpet had already got a finger-wagging for too much cleavage. Ms K herself escaped censure, although she was wearing "a white shredded tank top with an exposed midriff, short mini skirt and knee-high leggings as she handed out fliers for a company that makes custom face plates for Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 game machine.
And the aforementioned consequences are indeed dire: a verbal warning for a first flash of skin and then a $5,000 fine if the perpetrator continues to flaunt herself like a two-bit hussy, Reuters reports.
Apparently the rules prohibit shirts with "exposed midriffs." Right. Because the world is going to end if someone catches a glance of a belly button.
Of course, you can sell more skin in your games all day long and they won't even peep:
Lara Croft's breasts are to get a boost for the new version of Tomb Raider. According to the game's designers, her 38D assets [see Technical Briefing below] will be given "more definition". They won't necessarily be bigger but will have added detail - so, presumably they will look bigger. We're also waiting on an answer as to whether this extra "detail" will include nipples.
(j_b called this one dead on. It was just last evening he said to me on the phone, "So if you dump the thread cache on a Tomb Raider game, can you find the routines for nipple shading?")
Core Design has got back to us to clarify a few things about Lara's breasts. They are not, repeat, not, larger. But they do have much finer detail. They are a 34D, not 38D as has been reported. The thing is, your Lara breast is currently made of 500 polygons. With new technology, they will now be boosted to 4,000 to 5,000 polygons. And you know what that means? A better breast.
You'll be excited to know that her face and hands will be better rendered. Not interested? Oh well. Anyway, the new game will apparently not even be of the Tomb Raider series. It will be a different game featuring not only Lara but other characters (men and women) as well. The plot has been worked out and will traverse several future games. So there you have it.
Lucy Sherriff, the only woman in the Reg office, writes: Should you ever need to know how bra sizes work, don't look to the creators of Lara Croft for advice. Their suggestion that Lara Croft wears a 38D is utter nonsense. The first part of a bra size is actually the measurement around the rib cage, just under the boobs. The second part in a measurement of the difference between the breast, at its fullest point, and the rib cage measurement. If Lara Croft is 38 inches round her rib cage, I'll eat my hat.
(I swear, I'm not making these URLs up! ;D)
I so need to get to E3 again somehow. If only to really get a chance to browse through Kentia Hall (where all the interesting stuff is).