Swine Flu Won’t Stop E3, Says ESA

Sure, it’s all fun and games – until swine flu decimates the ranks of the booth babes.

Joystiq reports that the ESA does not expect the swine flu bug to impact E3. The video game industry’s big dance kicks off next month in Los Angeles.

ESA P.R. guy Dan Hewitt told the ‘stiq:

The 2009 E3 Expo is progressing as planned. Public health officials are taking all appropriate steps and we continue to follow their direction on all measures. We look forward to a great event, and to seeing you in Los Angeles in June.

GP: This, of course, could change should swine flu turn pandemic…

UPDATE: …which it apparently is close to doing as the World Health Organization has raised the pandemic alert level to 5 on its 6-point scale.

How are those contingency plans going, Dan?

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    KayleL says:

    You should be award of stairs because more people die from falling down stairs then did from the swine flu. It’s not really they powerful of a flu, and doctors say that. It’s just the media blowing it way out of proportions. It hundreds of thousands die, it’s a problem.

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    Defenestrator says:

    The influenza death rate is heavier in the winter months.  There was an article yesterday that 13,000 have died in this country alone from influenza in 2009.

    Swine flu — 168 GLOBALLY

    Influenza — 13,000 just in the U.S.



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    foolkiller79 says:

    They are more likely to catch and die from seasonal flu.  Seasonal Flu kills roughly 60,000 people in the US every year, an average of 160 people a day.  Since this "outbreak" of swine flu possibly over 500 people (assuming deaths spread evenly throughout the year, which they don’t) have likely died from seasonal flu in the United States alone.  In that same amount of time one person in the US has died from swine flu, and they were an infant brought from Mexico for treatment, not a resident of the US.

    I think the fact that most cases in the US have recovered by staying home and getting rest, like any flu, and most haven’t even taken Tamiflu, should speak tons about just how serious swine flu isn’t.  If you are otherwise healthy it appears to just act like any other flu.  Much like SARS and bird flu, I believe the death rate of this disease has more to do with the quality of healthcare in your geographical region than the disease itself.

    It should also be pointed out that in the 1976 swine flu scare the vaccine did more harm than the disease did.  Dozens dead and hundreds paralyzed because people over reacted and rushed vaccines to the market. 

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    DarkSaber says:

    Illnesses don’t do shock & awe.

    Nope, that’s the medias job. And they do it well.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    DarkSaber says:

    It’s not, but the media is watching and the W.H.O. has to appear to be doing SOMETHING!


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Monte says:

    y’know, i think one very important bit of info that is missing from those reports is how quickly it’s spreading… i mean 148 confirmed and a few thousand suspected, it really doesn’t sound much compared to any other disease, even if you limit it to the serious ones. If the speed of the spreading is what determines a pandemic then i think i really need to hear how quickly those numbers are rising. Days, weeks, months? without that info than it doesn’t sound like it’s spreading fast enough to declare it as an emergency.

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    Michael Chandra says:

    The whole idea of a pandemic is that it explodedly increases the amount of sick, you know. Not that it racks up a massive bodycount within a few days. Illnesses don’t do shock & awe.

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    TK n Happy Ness says:

    Well if they’re going to show bad games at E3, the swine flu would actually be a good thing. Do we really care about EA’s latest Madden when it’s exactly the same as the year before?

    When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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    Kajex says:

    Oh for the lov– SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY!

    148 in 9 countries. Ebola kills more people. Regular FLUS kill more people. This is going beyond your simple "don’t touch a goddamn thing, it has GERMS on it" media scare- it’s like getting sick isn’t supposed to happen anymore. This is the new Bird Flu/SARS epidemic- pointless scare-mongering by a "World Health Organization" which has been wrong in the past on such things.

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    SilverMelee says:

    This whole pandemic nonsense is just the media overhyping things – that’s what they do, after all. Yes, a lot of people died from it and it is indeed a shame, but to call it a pandemic? Honestly?

    When I start seeing trucks outside telling folks to "bring out [their] dead", then I’ll start worrying.

    — I do more than just play games. I draw, too: http://www.silvermelee.deviantart.com

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    Nekowolf says:

    Of course not. Probably, one of the biggest reasons why it’s so bad in countries such as Mexico, is sanitation. There will probably be hardly any deaths in the US, simply because we have better access, and practices, of sanitation that many rural areas do in, again, like Mexico. Or take rural villages out in Asia and such; what may seem relatively mild to us, could be a huge problem for them.

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    ZenAndNow says:

    Actually there has been one death in America. A 23 month old baby that was sent to Texas for treatment from Mexico.

    Of course, the actual number of confirmed not suspected cases of swine flu and deaths according to the World Health Authority is roughly ~30 and ~10 respectively, but that makes for boring news.

    Especially when normal human influenza infects thousands and kills hundreds every day. Lets panic about the pig-strain!

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    fozzy360 says:

    Not to sound too ignorant, but is swine flu really that big of a threat here in the States as it is?  Yes, hundreds of people have possibly died from this bug (respects to their families), but their hasn’t been a single death yet here in the U.S.  I dunno, but most of it seems a bit overblown.  However, like I said, I could just be speaking out of my ass.



    "We received 20 calls last night. As we all know, one call equals a billion people. So 20 billion people called us last night. We must act to preserve decency on television." -The FCC

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    Nekowolf says:

    …I want to smack you so hard upside the head right now.

    Congratulations. You either A. Totally misinterpreted the article, or B. didn’t even bother reading it, just saw "Swine Flu" and wanted to get on GP’s case. Apologies if it’s the former, but for christ sakes.

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    Stealthguy says:

    Because obviously what GP meant by this article was "LOL PANDEMIC WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE PANDEMIC LOL."


    Because GP definitely shouldn’t touch this just because other media sources are hamming it up for the ratings.


    Because of course the people behind E3 wouldn’t have an opinion about current events and this is a nonissue.

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    ZenAndNow says:

    Yes. Please. Add more panic into the mix. Its not like spreading panic, therefore causing a rush of people to flee Mexico and head home to spread the virus has done any harm so far… oh wait.

    Good to see that even GamePolitics desires to add to the panic quota that the mainstream media enjoys increasing.

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    GoodRobotUs says:

    Heh, well, to be honest, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, sensible precautions will do massive amounts to help, but this disease is a killer. The 1918 outbreak had a 24 hour symptom to fatailty range, there wasn’t even enough time to do anything about it, so in truth, people should be aware and careful, but not allow themselves to give in to panic over it, since that could make matters worse.

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    Zero Beat says:

    EA is trying to be less evil, and they are having some success.  They confirmed Mirror’s Edge 2, for crying out loud.


    "That’s not ironic. That’s justice."

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    chadachada321 says:


    We all know that any travel to Madacascar is already impossible, they closed their damn borders as soon as a man in Mexico started coughing!

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

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    Zero Beat says:

    Guys are usually the ones that spread infection in/on girls, if you know what I mean, so that’s kind of kinky.


    "That’s not ironic. That’s justice."

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    gamadaya says:

    What about SARS? Aren’t they going to release a statement about that? Or bird flu, or any of the other over-hyped diseases that aren’t actually going to due shit but that I have to have to hear about in tired jokes from morons for 3 months?


    Believe in something! Even if it’s wrong, believe in it! -Glenn Beck

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    GoodRobotUs says:

    Chances are high that it will turn pandemic by this stage to be honest, I’d say it’s more a question of ‘when’ than ‘if’.

    That said, pandemic conjures up very negative images of things like the Black Death, which does a lot of negative work, since the best defence against things like influenza is being aware of where the risks are and not allowing panic to make matters worse.

    All Pandemic really means is an infectious diseease that has spread to multi-country proportions, it’s not good, but it doesn’t neccesarily mean it is as terrible as many sources imply.

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    Michael Chandra says:

    Pandemic is actually a really awesome boardgame that really encourages teamplay and combined thinking and planning into how to best take care of things, what risks to take, how to best utilize everyone’s own special powers. Love it, played it on two days, each time 5+ times. (Average 45 minutes timespan. Though once we lost in 1.25 turns.)

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