Interview with a booth babe

GR: How do men react when they find out you're a gamer?

C+2’s Shayna: It is kind of an odd question because I am pretty enveloped in the gaming community and thus everyone already knows. However, I do some modeling outside of gaming and get various reactions. I wouldn’t say there are a ton of photographers who are gamers, so to be honest, they don’t really care either way. The people in the modeling world who are gamers are totally surprised and love it!

Above: Shayna making the Union Jack look sexy

C+2 Angel: I was playing Rainbow Six: Vegas online, and I was playing with a bunch a guys and I had my mic off until I got the briefcase and then I was like "Can someone help cover me while I get this back to the spot?" And the guys were all like "OMG you're a chick! And you're kicking ass!!" My reply was "Yes, OK, now help cover me so we can win this!" So although I have had sad stories, some of them are nice.

Above: At least Angel has something to defend herself with

GR: Does it put any of them off?

C+2’s Kahrren: It hasn’t yet. Being in Seattle where the Xbox was born, I have always known a ton of guys who game. If they meet me online and find out later, I get neutral to positive reactions. I have never had a negative response to it.

Above: Kahrren comes from the same place as Xbox

C+2 Deanna: I think because I am a big DDR fan, my favorite genre does not attract as many jerks as some of the others. When I meet people out in the real world, everyone thinks it is cool.

Above: Deanna loves DDR but also fell head over heels in love with Ico

GR: Have you played any boys/men that have a real problem if they lose to you?

C+2’s Melanie: Maybe it's because I have been a tomboy all my life, but for whatever reason, the guys I hang out with don’t consider it to be a problem if they lose to me.

Above: Melanie - gamer and skater

C+2’s Erica: Not usually. I have been gaming with my brother since we were kids and have grown up playing with guys. I have also hosted LANs where the news gets out pretty quick. I believe there are so many more girls who game nowadays that it is not the issue it once was.

Above: Erica enjoys cosplay and collecting classic game systems

GR: Do men assume you know less about games than they do? Any examples?

C+2’s Kelly: Guys always feel the need to explain things to me when I’m learning a new game. They don’t realize that I’m a quick learner and adapt easily. I’m also a console gamer, so I know how to move around which is something most guys assume I probably wouldn’t know how.

Above: Kelly was addicted to her SNES back in the day

GR: Have you ever had any men try and hit on you while you've been working at a convention?

C+2's Ines: With. Out. End. But it is not a bad thing. I think any girl who is being a booth babe expects and enjoys the admiration of the attendees. As for me, I tend to balance it in my mind with the haters. I figure I am probably somewhere in the middle of those sides, but enjoy the compliments when I get them.

Above: Ines gets guys hitting on her a lot

GR: Ever had gifts from an obsessed 'fan'?

C+2’s Kat E (Charisma+2’s East Coast Model Manager): I've been lucky enough to have some enthused supporters give me some tokens of appreciation, but I wouldn't call any of them obsessed fans.

Above: Nobody would dare be an 'obsessed fan' with Kat E. That's a pretty big gun

C+2’s Raychul: Yes, guy fans give me gifts all the time, and I appreciate every single one of them. I am not like your 'normal girl with fans' though; each and every guy who writes me or tries to talk to me, I will always take time out to write them back or talk to them. Some of my biggest fans are now some of my closest friends. Some girls just wave off fans and just use them to get things they want or only talk to them when they want the guy to vote for them in a contest and whatnot, but that’s not me. Every single fan who writes me will always get a message back, and I will always treat them like another human being, not just some tool to give me attention when I want it.

Above: Raychul makes an excellent Super Girl

GR: How would you describe the average game journalist or game convention attendee?

C+2’s Jordan (Charisma+2’s Community Manager): I would best describe them as awesome! I mean we are all there because we love gaming so I tend to think on the whole, the crowd is pretty great.

Above: Jordan thinks games journalists are awesome. She's right

GR: What do you think of the men that go around the show taking pictures of/with all the booth babes/models?

C+2’s Stephanie: I think it is a blast! I mean, I take pictures with all the cute guys and girls who work the booths because it is fun. I enjoy getting to meet them, even if it is just for a second, sometimes we get to talk if it is not crazy busy. So of course I love it when someone wants to take a picture with me. It is flattering.

Above: Stephanie - described on her bio as 'super recreational gamer who is super fun to play with'

GR: What's the best type of show attendee?

C+2’s Alexandra (Charisma+2’s West Coast model manager and fitness consultant): The best kind of attendee is the one who is absolutely thrilled to be there. I know every time I get to go to or work a convention, I am like a kid in a candy store full of excitement. It is others like this that add to the whole experience.

Above: Alexandra is officially 'fit'. It's her job

GR: And the worst type?

C+2’s Kahrren: That’s a tough one since I normally don’t give those guys much thought. I guess maybe system fanboys where everything else absolutely sucks except whatever platform they use.

Above: Kahrren has a PC and all current-gen consoles


  • poppaburgundyx - June 8, 2009 10:22 a.m.

    Wow. Thems some of the hottest girls ive seen in my life :O Should really get myself a place in california :)
  • marshymon90 - June 1, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    i like how the writers actually used the term "current-gen" when describing the consoles, they were being called "next-gen" for way toooo long
  • spongejerk89 - June 1, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    Lauren is really "Pretty" *Heavy Breathing*
  • theevilgerbil - May 30, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    man it would be awesome to hold a conversation with some of these girls about video games, there needs to be more girls who play games! its brilliant competition, especially all the girl gamers i know are always underestimated and then totally kick ass. excellent article, see ya'll on live.
  • ImHaulinAsh - May 30, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    Lol sorry MoonPig, you will have to go through me first she is all mine :). Im glad you guys enjoyed reading it :)
  • Mavarious - May 29, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    s'weird... I do not feel at all sexually aroused or attracted to any of these girls (or the guys....). Sorta desensitized to sex-marketing nowadays like a lot of other people. I guess you could call it a weird anomaly that the marketing that was/is called sexist is actually desensitizing men/women and thus making them more comfortable around each other. Without sexual tension in the air the door is open to actually talk and develop a real, friendly relationship. Weird. Dunno if that's true, but it sounds like it could be.
  • nitrocole - May 29, 2009 11 p.m.

    Nice Article
  • rxb - May 29, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    Interesting.... If you get the chance ask them all which character they would most like to dress up as???
  • MoonPig - May 29, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    i just gotta meet ines. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM!
  • gmilf71 - May 29, 2009 3:20 a.m.

    WTF? kind of a bizarre article.
  • GamesRadarHankMotherFuckingGilbert - May 29, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    I only read this site for the articles, I swear!
  • batman5273 - May 29, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    I actually know Kat E in person. She plays gears 1&2.
  • nik41507 - May 28, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    sexy. at least some. and 11th
  • T3k - May 28, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    Haha this was exciting to be able to say what we could about ourselves in the gaming community. Thanks GamesRadar! -T3k
  • Wizrai - May 28, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Bryan has some nice eyes...and Daniel looks good on that suit...but it gets kinda erotic after the page 2.
  • IceManYEA - May 28, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    Thats Hot
  • MechGyver - May 28, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    Great article, Charisma +2 to Matt Cundy.
  • Jordo141 - May 28, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    +1 Karma for another........ interesting article Matt.
  • erreip199 - May 28, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    All i can say is AWESOME =P id want to play with em and maybe make some new pretty friends
  • nuno004 - May 30, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    I'd like to meet some of these girls, so when I play online it wouldn't be much of sausagefest.

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