Communication from official PAX sources indicate that the show may have been home to an infestation of the H1N1 flu virus, more commonly known as the Swine Flu, with Penny Arcade reps urging attendees to monitor symptoms.
Fears that Thailand's online gaming shops could be a major hub for swine flu transmission were realized this week, as a computer game shop employee became virus' 17th Thai victim.
Linking the PlayStation Store to current events or causes isn't new; SCEA donated $10,000 to Earth Day in a video store promotion. But Sony Hong Kong's leveraging of swine flu is a bit dubious.
Worries about being bitten by infected pigs at E3 2009 may have put a damper on the giant video game expo, but those fears haven't affected Nintendo's plans to exhibit its wares next week.
This year, the first week of June belongs to video gaming.
Looks like Capcom's travel lockdown may not be confined to just Keiji Inafune and Malmö, Sweden. Turns out Capcom Japan may yank all international travel over swine flu fears, which would include, yes, E3.
Last Friday's NIS America press event started with President Haru Akenaga apologizing for the localization job on Ar Tonelico II and wrapped with the announcement of several new upcoming games.
IRL Swine Flu sounds like just a nighttime-sniffling-sneezing inconvenience when you read that it's been going around Azeroth since the Lich King beta, and pops you for 120 natural damage every two seconds.