L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue for E3

May 8, 2009 -

Bird flu, mad cow disease, and now swine flu.  It’s probably just a ruse engineered by farm animals to keep themselves off my dinner table.

Be that as it may, H1N1 Influenza A continues to make headlines and gamers want to know if it’s going to negatively affect that annual orgy of video game news that is E3.  Last week, the ESA announced that the gaming expo would proceed as planned and the LA Convention Center Administration Department has now echoed that sentiment in comments to Eurogamer:

The swine flu has not yet affected this part of Los Angeles County (Downtown LA) and we do not expect the outbreak to spread any further than it has already.  The swine flu has in fact declined over the last few days in Los Angeles County.

We hope that by the time E3 is in the building, swine flu will be a thing of the past and no longer a threat to the health of Los Angeles and the rest of the country and world.

Still, just because the ESA and LACC aren’t anticipating an issue with the swine flu doesn’t mean attendees are excused from acting like a pig:

As a precaution, guests are urged to wash their hands regularly and cover their mouths when coughing.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics correspondent Andrew Eisen...

DOCUMENT DUMP: An earlier swine flu-related statement by the LACC, issued on April 27th.


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Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

"It’s probably just a ruse engineered by farm animals to keep themselves off my dinner table."

You realize you can't get the swine flu from eating pork products, right?

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Wow, you're a bigger buzzkill, than Buzz Killington.

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

The "Swine Flu" is really called "North American Flu" and is the H1N1 designation which also incudes the "Human Flu" meaning the Common flu.

 

 

Let me put that on my to-don't list.

Let me put that on my to-don't list.

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a ...

 You realize what a facetious comment is right?

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Mayfest and Cinco de Mayo festivities were shut down this year in DFW.  But the A-Kon anime convention is still good to go, minus their headlining band which canceled their appearance because their music label is forbidding any of their bands from travel.

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Glad to see that at least some places aren't shutting down cause of Swine Flu, just wish the Mayfest had some commen sense about that, but they didn't and shut down.

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

The Swine Flu is already disappointing those that were apparently hoping for a pandemic.  Guess the WHO feels a need to justify their existance. 

E3 is pretty much a non-issue as well.  At least it has not been much of an issue in close to a decade. 

I guess 2 weaksauce events could by theory interfere with each other.  The question begs though.  Who would care?  Well I guess the ESA, since they could not use E3 as an excuse to rake over the game companies for more money. 

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it's ok most of the nerds that go don't have much contact with real humans anyway.

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Bird flu, mad cow disease, and now swine flu.  It’s probably just a ruse engineered by farm animals to keep themselves off my dinner table.

heehee! That's probably the best theory I've heard yet!

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Why add the qualifier "for E3"?

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Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Did anyone expect E3 to shut down over an overblown flu?

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Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a ...

Call me a cynic, but I can't help but wonder if the Convention Center Administration would ever cancel E3 and deny the City of Los Angeles the millions of dollars which it brings unless and until H1N1 was causing folks to drop dead like flies and pile up like cordwood around the Convention Center. 

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a ...

Dead Rising 3 CONFIRMED!

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Why worry about Swine Flu when there's going to be at least one crappy press conference. At least Nintendo can't do much worse than that Wii Music demonstration last year. Although they may have a couple of titles to show off called Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

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

Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Wait, they're remaking Gold and Silver? Damn, that's a surprise.

They need to remake the Special Edition games from the GB days (like Yellow)* as well. That would kick ass.

*Was Crystal a Special Edition of Gold/Silver, like Yellow was for Red/Blue?

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Re: L.A. Convention Center: Swine Flu Looking Like a Non-issue

Its because of that stupid non-GBA slot that the DSi has.  Pokemon players have to get their GBA Pokemon from somewhere now that the DSi has no GBA slot.

I do wish they'd redo the Yellow game though, especally since that has Jesse and James in it, and yes I did watch the anime a bit.

 
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