"Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to coronavirus."
Crikey, that's mad!
Health over video games. I think there are ways to send information such as videos though the internet. These people that pulled out, my moms said she wishes that my dad would’ve, can maybe use the internet to release information about their games and still remain free of viruses. I wish I was free of them..,.. burns when I urinate.
I do not get it.. Where does this take place?? In an infected part of the US??
No. But you get people all over the world who attend.
Ok so at this pace, e3 will also be cancelled
^^I wouldn't be surprised, actually.
E3 was circling the drain even before this.
A soon to be infected part of the world. San Fran can’t keep poop and needles off it’s streets let alone contain a pandemic. After it hits SF you have hordes of untraceable homeless people traveling off the grid to your home town.
When it hits SF it will be crazy, that state is run horribly. Celebs will give some speeches from their walled gardens that I’m sure will help.
it's in boston
PAXeast is Boston GDC is SF
@gamer7804 That state? You mean California? The 5th largest economy in the world? People need to come back to reality. Your hatred of a part of our country is unwarranted and fueled by toxic politicians. Fix it because other countries have traveled the road you are on. Believe me it doesnt end well.
California is a perfect example of why you don’t want the left in charge of anything
@Brain "San Fran can’t keep poop and needles off it’s streets let alone contain a pandemic" San Francisco has that as an epidemic, that would have been a more reasonable excuse (which has been an issue with conventions) more than worrying about the virus in SF.
@gamer7804, California is full of some weird people but "run horribly"? It's among the top 10 states in GDP per capita in the US, and is the wealthiest state overall. It's objectively not poorly run, even if San Francisco handles their homeless situation poorly. I know popular political mindsets aren't tied to any rational evaluation of economic reality (and this will get downvoted because "durrhurr facts are stupid"), but if you want to see poorly run states, just pick a southeastern state at random and your odds are solid. Mississippi and West Virginia are practically third world hellholes that, if they vanished tomorrow, the national economy wouldn't blink. Also, why are we talking about this? GDC isn't in California, much less San Fran...
@Donnie81, if California is a perfect example of the left gone wrong, then what is West Virginia? Is it confusing to you that your example of a bad left-wing state is so, soooooo much better off than the worst right-wing states? Best not to start political arguments you've already lost, much less on a gaming site.
Hordes of the homeless population in San Francisco are going to suddenly leave the city to travel to various towns in the region or across the country?
More humans live on earth than just Americans you know? People travel from all over, I'll let that sink in for awhile. Basically anywhere with a high percentage of people crammed in a small space is running the risk.
^^ this guy gets it!
It’s mostly Asian countries and they risk bringing it to other countries.
Which is my point exactly, foreigners travelling for leisure and business around the world. If it becomes a pandemic like millions of deaths they'll just close the airports, ports and borders? But I don't think it'll be anywhere near that bad.
Chances are that Kojima would be travelling around asian people if he were to go to GDC. I mean, he is asian, and lives in Japan, and would likely be traveling from Japan, where a lot of Asian people would be traveling from.
I'm sure many in Italy felt the same as the majority of the US last week. I can't fault those who would rather skip the event as a precautionary measure. Many of the same skeptics now would wish they had if something did come of it.
Exactly, a virus is priority over any event, confused as apparently the Olympics our still going ahead though? That dicision will be down to losing money no doubt. Personally though I think we'll have a vacinne by spring april/may? I don't believe this 1 year BS waiting on the vacinne. Just some stats btw but 100 people die every day from chicken pox, measles, flu. 90% of the deaths so far have been elderly just like its mostly elderly who die from common colds or flu. The scaremongering is off the charts with the media.
The fearmongering might be legit when it cones to this because the fear is that these diseases tend to continue to mutate rapidly when they first jump species, which means they can potentially become worst. Therefore, prevention is important, thus the fearmongering.
There is no 10pct death ratio on normal flu. If this will spread more then impact will be huge. And vaccination takes 2-5 years to develop, we might get 1 year if all countries contribute.
this is a very serious concern. i don't blame companies for backing out of this event.
It's really not based on current information. The actual reason for this is most likely due to travel insurance not covering things like this. You can't get insurance coverage for Corona.
The only official info is pure damage control. China says they are winning against the virus, but their actions paint a different story. If they are winning, why the need to build dozens of new hospitals as fast as possible? If they are winning, why the need for 40 mobile incinerators? Watch Italy and South Korea. Europe is already starting to lockdown Italy.
uh, no. a virus that spreads from person to person is very serious. it's good to take precautions.
@dortios Come back with evidence and not paranoia for the United States. Again we're not talking about China or Italy. However if you want to then I need details on what precautions you're taking. Have you begun living in isolation yet? Please eject yourself from society for my personal satisfaction. @dietis Then stay in your house and don't come out. Don't come to any shops or use physical currency. If you think this is so serious that we should be shutting down conventions then we need to begin a full lockdown. So, you already been doing all that or were you talking complete shit? Actually maybe I'm giving you too much credit and you already live your life in permanent isolation, lol.
There is some very big concerns of this spreading and some people have been trying to handwave it off for some reason. If we can contain this before it gets everywhere we should do that. It's not like events don't happen every year or can be rescheduled.
What I don't get though, is here in the UK and around the world is millions upon millions goto football matches (soccer) every Saturday, yet u don't see the FA or other sporting governing bodies cancelling any matches? Football stadium's are smaller than gdc or pax etc and fans our in a more confined space in stadiums than a convention centre?
Starting to think PS5 will be put back to next year tbh
What’s this have to do with the PS5? Serious question, did they get acquired by Sony or something?
It's rumored that Kojima Productions was acquired by Sony months ago. It just hasn't been publicly announced yet.
It was widely believed FoxConn would face closures and issues because of the quarantines. Sony use Foxconn for their manufacturing of parts. However Sony have already stated they dont have any issue with those parts not coming from China
This actually could impact manufacturing of consoles in general. As crazy as that might seem, keep in mind that Apple's supply chain has already been impacted. The world needs to quit making China a single point of failure for electronic component manufacturing anyway.
You mean nxt gen systems to he held back until 2021? It's not just Sony who won't be able get hold of Ssd and other components you know, the back log for the whole of China from manufacturing to food processing is already 6 weeks behind. Gonna take alot of catching up once we're in the clear.
No PS5 release and gaming events are not the same thing.
As would the Next Xbox, IF that were to happen. Ironically, some of the usuals who were so ‘concerned’ about Sony pulling out of events have gone quiet in the wake of other companies doing the same.
Good on them.
Ohhhh look another selfish company who wont risk there employees of infection just so we can see a few games /s
honestly, after the north italy news, id cancel too. its go na be a very difficult year not gonna lie lol.
If only there was a way to get information out without having to meet publicly. Someone needs to invent some sort of international information highway where people can talk and discuss things from anywhere in the world.
Not the end of the world is it buddy (pun intended) I'm sure they'll use media channals, youtube, social media, state of play of course (just do a extra state of play) or equivalent. Its obviously nice to go along to the events and see games and more importantly cosplay 😘😋 but I'm sure they'll get by, missing a few events for 1 year lol. I just feel so sorry for the cosplay girls who have spent so much time on the costumes 😳😉😔
Screw the cosplay thots. I just wana see the new tech and reveals. We're all going to be online paying attention to any little tidbit of information we can get anyway. Just stream this year's GDC. This type of thing has been done already a ton of times in Nintendo Directs and Playstation's State of Play. I'm sure there are a million reasons they dont wana do it this way, but now with everyone dropping out of these events, its killing them in the process. However, if Coronavirus is over by Summer, E3 is going to be phenomenal this year.
This is fear mongering at its worse imo.... yes Coronavirus is bad... the flu virus is worse and yet you see ZERO companies over the years pulling out of a conference over flu bugs that year.
You do realise there is medicine and tablets for flu right? But agree with the scaremongering
Funny thing...there is no cure for the flu, only drugs to ease symptoms and vaccines to help you fight off the flu. Convaid 19 treatment is basically the same as treating the flu. There are drugs to help ease the symptoms but ultimately its rest and allowing your body to fight it off.
Flu virus is worse? Flu virus kills 15 people per 100 000 infected. Cv kills 5-10 ppl per 100 infected. So mortality ratio of coronavirus is 1000 times worse, and you are saying flu is worse? Smh... Correctly calculated mortality ratio: https://www.worldometers.in...
Americans might not be at high risk of the actual virus but we WILL feel the effect on the markets and supply chains. The flu doesn’t lockdown cities and tank economies. It’s about to get real around here and you would be a fool to underestimate the damage this thing is causing. Fear mongering? Ignorance is bliss I guess.
I don’t blame any of them. I won’t go near any major event right now as long as that Virus is still going around. Also helps that I live in a small town in the country so I’m safe
I can't believe this is even worthy of a discussion. It just shows how out of touch with reality some people have become.
That sucks very disappointing I don’t think it was necessary but to each their own
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