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. 

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

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?

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

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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Wonderkarpjust be happy and encourage it.05/29/2015 - 7:37am
DocMelonheadSorry about that, but I'm surprise at what IP participate in this discussion.05/29/2015 - 7:25am
E. Zachary KnightIron, I did not Google Search because I figured the ESRB would publish such infor on their site, which is where I looked. http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_process.jsp05/29/2015 - 7:22am
WonderkarpDocMelonHead, don't look a gift horse in the mouth05/29/2015 - 7:21am
E. Zachary KnightDoc, Uncalled for. Please keep things civil.05/29/2015 - 7:21am
MattsworknameThey were discussing the appeals process for Esrb ratings Doc.05/29/2015 - 7:21am
DocMelonheadDid IP post something that isn't related to White Supremecy?05/29/2015 - 7:13am
IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
 

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