Saturday, February 29th 2020

Game Developers Conference gets Postponed due to COVID-19 Concerns

Game Developers Conference is perhaps one of the biggest organizations in the gaming industry, covering everything from gaming hardware to games themselves. This year's GDC event was planned to happen on March 16th, however, due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, the GDC organization has decided to postpone the event. This doesn't mean that the conference will not happen at all. Instead, the GDC organizers plan to host the event sometime "later in the summer", when hopefully the COVID-19 concerns will settle. To add, Facebook also canceled its F8 Developer Conference, along with Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit which also got canceled due to virus outbreak fears.

Being that Computex is happening within three months, there are growing concerns that the event may not happen at all, however, we can hope that the situation will be resolved soon and that we can bring you live coverage of the event.
Source: GDC Conference
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51 Comments on Game Developers Conference gets Postponed due to COVID-19 Concerns

#1
TheLostSwede
American companies being paranoid due to libel laws...
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#2
JackCarver
Yeah but also in Germany they quit or delay fair. We all don't know how dangerous this all could get, so a little care isn't that bad. Recently I read an article in the Frankfurt Allgemeine that America is too careless with this epidemic and their health care system isn't that well prepared for all the things that will come...
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#3
Easo
TheLostSwede
American companies being paranoid due to libel laws...
Or because... it is a nasty virus?
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#4
QUANTUMPHYSICS
Get your tax return cash ready to buy into the market after Coronavirus decimates it.
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#5
TheLostSwede
Easo
Or because... it is a nasty virus?
Well, maybe. The regular old flu still kills more people every year. However, there are still a lot of unknown factors and China has most likely lied a lot about it.
However, the libel law issue is real, the company my partner works for has banned all travel since a few weeks ago, because of it and it's a US company in the PC peripheral business.
JackCarver
Yeah but also in Germany they quit or delay fair. We all don't know how dangerous this all could get, so a little care isn't that bad. Recently I read an article in the Frankfurt Allgemeine that America is too careless with this epidemic and their health care system isn't that well prepared for all the things that will come...
Europe seemingly was just as careless, look at how it's spreading from Italy now.
Taiwan is one of the few countries so far that did the right thing, they blocked entry of PRC citizens almost as soon as they found out about the virus.
It seems to have been the best remedy so far.
Also, don't tell the PRC that I called Taiwan a country...
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#6
robot zombie
JackCarver
Yeah but also in Germany they quit or delay fair. We all don't know how dangerous this all could get, so a little care isn't that bad. Recently I read an article in the Frankfurt Allgemeine that America is too careless with this epidemic and their health care system isn't that well prepared for all the things that will come...
This is kind of OT... but I find a lot of publications from one country about another to be mildly to grossly inaccurate. Sometimes it's just things getting filtered down, with a lot of the same memes passed around. Being too far from the source, people take what they can get and makes sense to them. Other times, it almost seems like things are pointed out about another country to distract from things happening in the country of the article's origin. "Look at how bad things are over there with this issue we are also facing! Be glad we're not like that!" I highly suspect the reality is just as bad, but in different ways, with different elements and factors in play. Countries are very different. People are the same everywhere.

I see this a lot in Europeans in their takes on what the average American thinks, or things happening in our country that just... well, they're kind of laughable to anyone who actually lives here. Everything is really reductionist... low bit-depth images, filtered further through the lens of how people in the country writing it already see things, and the problems they're facing in their own country. And I'm sure it's the same with things that get written from the US, about European countries. Big ol grain of salt when one country writes about another. Gotta wonder about where the information comes from, let alone the intent. Remember, they aren't even there. It's an approximation of whatever the situation is, at best. News struggles to report things accurately in their home countries badly enough without trying to see across the ocean.

I mean... over here that fundamental lack of FOV/resolution was considered a big problem. We knew stuff was happening, but nobody stateside knows what's actually going on in China. But man I can tell you the news sure did reach. So much stuff was going up and being tossed out HOURS later.

My personal opinion... pretty much nobody in the world is prepared for a potential outbreak, and everyone shambled around trying to figure out what to do, or if they even should. The way we operate isn't compatible with an impending cataclysmic pandemic. It shuts everything down. That's why there is a panic. Because if something DID happen, nobody would be ready and we would all be screwed. Even if we avoid it, avoiding it undermines everything else to the point where normal lives stop being feasible and things still wind up being in jeopardy.

People freak out about them because every so often, Flu pandemics actually have wiped a lot of people out. The spanish flu pandemic was one of the worst epidemics ever seen. Many millions are estimated to have died. There are a lot of theories on what really happened with it, but it nonetheless left a mark on humanity. Any time parallels can be drawn, it's going to get spooky. I don't think this is remotely the same, but I totally understand the fears.
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Easo
TheLostSwede
Well, maybe. The regular old flu still kills more people every year. However, there are still a lot of unknown factors and China has most likely lied a lot about it.
However, the libel law issue is real, the company my partner works for has banned all travel since a few weeks ago, because of it and it's a US company in the PC peripheral business.
Yes, it does. But the thing is - when people compare it to the flu, they forget something very important - we really do not need another flu, one alone does enough damage. Twice that? Well...
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Death occurs with those with a compromised immune system.
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#9
robot zombie
Easo
Yes, it does. But the thing is - when people compare it to the flu, they forget something very important - we really do not need another flu, one alone does enough damage. Twice that? Well...
Haha, I've been thinking about that side, too. That might be the most pragmatic way to look at it. It's still one of those things where if you know about it, you want to at least try to avoid it. It's still gotta be taken seriously. Maybe in itself it's not a huge number but in the bigger picture, if you combine it with normal flu death statistics, the net outcome could then be "Twice as many deaths implicated the flu this year." Which is definitely still significant, even if it's not this big historical event that people remember later. Looking back you can see trends of these events - it adds up over time. I think a lot of people know the history of the big ones but somehow if it's not like 'that time' it means nothing. For me that's never been a satisfying way to look at it. The "Oh no it's going to be like before." and the "It's really just another flu virus with flair." sides of that one consensus reality both seem equally off to me, even if the latter sounds more reasonable. It's just like "Yeah, I guess..."

I've also been thinking about it in terms of another strong flu compounding health problems across a population. Even if relatively few die, the amount of people who get it and are affected by it is exponentially larger. Sometimes the effects of an event like that trickle out across a person's history. They accumulate over time. There could be another event later that would've been less likely to happen if not for ones like that happening before, even if one can't be directly tied to another. It's part of a larger sequence. Having one more thing to hit a group's immune system hard can have many subtle effects that are harder to track and deal with. People say that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But sometimes I think it's what makes us stronger that often kills us eventually.
eidairaman1
Death occurs with those with a compromised immune system.
And there are so many different ways that can happen. Immunocompromised people come in many forms, but all of those people make up a much more vulnerable part of the population. Anything that makes a significant portion of them more likely to die or suffer compound issues later is significant. The more things there are to compromise the immune system, the bigger the number of immunocompromised people becomes. It's like a cycle.

Gotta keep it in context. Depending on the groups you're looking at it's either nothing or a pretty big deal. For you or I it might be nothing but another flu going around, but that's gonna be significantly less likely depending on what group you're in. It doesn't mean those people in those groups dying at an accelerated rate isn't significant in itself. Things still have to be done to mitigate it, if possible. What people can do themselves isn't enough sometimes. The means to keep that sort of thing from happening as often are beyond individual efforts. It's all a group affair, so even if it doesn't affect you or me personally, it still matters. Beneath all the panic and sensationlism, it's still something important to be aware of and show some regard for. It's hard to know who will wind up needing to know, so it's best that everybody knows. To me that's just part of disease prevention as a whole. A better informed general populace goes a long way in getting people to the right treatments if not minimizing contact.
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
TheLostSwede
American companies being paranoid due to libel laws...
Better safe than sorry, and lets face it's not the first time some virus came from China.

And Didn't CCCP or\and the government block the CDC from checking on it too.

Sorry had enough of China's government BS.
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#11
Ferrum Master
AsRock
Better safe than sorry, and lets face it's not the first time some virus came from China.

And Didn't CCCP or\and the government block the CDC from checking on it too.

Sorry had enough of China's government BS.
TBH BS comes from every government we have. Unfortunately....
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#12
TheLostSwede
eidairaman1
Death occurs with those with a compromised immune system.
Not true, some people have been healthy and have had organ failures due to how this virus works.
Some people have also been re-infected within ten days of being declared as recovered from it.
AsRock
Better safe than sorry, and lets face it's not the first time some virus came from China.

And Didn't CCCP or\and the government block the CDC from checking on it too.

Sorry had enough of China's government BS.
Sure, see my comment about Taiwan above.

The PRC government tried to hide it for the first month or so, but the WHO seems to be happy with their efforts of preventing it from spreading and refuses to call it a pandemic, despite the rate it's spreading at... (Note that the CCCP was the Soviet Union, not sure what that has to do with anything.)

Try living across the South China Sea, it'll really make you fed up...
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#13
Tsukiyomi91
another disappointing news, I guess... all thanks to COVID-19.
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#14
the54thvoid
robot zombie
This is kind of OT... but I find a lot of publications from one country about another to be mildly to grossly inaccurate. Sometimes it's just things getting filtered down, with a lot of the same memes passed around. Being too far from the source, people take what they can get and makes sense to them. Other times, it almost seems like things are pointed out about another country to distract from things happening in the country of the article's origin. "Look at how bad things are over there with this issue we are also facing! Be glad we're not like that!" I highly suspect the reality is just as bad, but in different ways, with different elements and factors in play. Countries are very different. People are the same everywhere.

I see this a lot in Europeans in their takes on what the average American thinks, or things happening in our country that just... well, they're kind of laughable to anyone who actually lives here. Everything is really reductionist... low bit-depth images, filtered further through the lens of how people in the country writing it already see things, and the problems they're facing in their own country. And I'm sure it's the same with things that get written from the US, about European countries. Big ol grain of salt when one country writes about another. Gotta wonder about where the information comes from, let alone the intent. Remember, they aren't even there. It's an approximation of whatever the situation is, at best. News struggles to report things accurately in their home countries badly enough without trying to see across the ocean.

I mean... over here that fundamental lack of FOV/resolution was considered a big problem. We knew stuff was happening, but nobody stateside knows what's actually going on in China. But man I can tell you the news sure did reach. So much stuff was going up and being tossed out HOURS later.

My personal opinion... pretty much nobody in the world is prepared for a potential outbreak, and everyone shambled around trying to figure out what to do, or if they even should. The way we operate isn't compatible with an impending cataclysmic pandemic. It shuts everything down. That's why there is a panic. Because if something DID happen, nobody would be ready and we would all be screwed. Even if we avoid it, avoiding it undermines everything else to the point where normal lives stop being feasible and things still wind up being in jeopardy.

People freak out about them because every so often, Flu pandemics actually have wiped a lot of people out. The spanish flu pandemic was one of the worst epidemics ever seen. Many millions are estimated to have died. There are a lot of theories on what really happened with it, but it nonetheless left a mark on humanity. Any time parallels can be drawn, it's going to get spooky. I don't think this is remotely the same, but I totally understand the fears.
It's not your opinion; it's a truth. You're spot on.

National bias is ever-present in news pieces, and that's before any left/right political interference. We judge others because they are not like us, speak like us, or behave like us but it does not make them wrong. Nor does it make them right. It is a fundamental disconnect. The greatest example is us Brits imagine we know what the Americans are like (you speak our language and dress like us) but ideoligically, we are very different. No nation is an island, they say, but really, every nation is it's own floating empire.

As for the potential pandemic; by their very nature (incubation periods of asymptomic normality), no nation can pre-empt the spread of such a viral pathogen. It has to be discovered, usually many weeks after first exposure, and by then, the outbreak has already begun.
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#15
r.h.p
TBH I feel this virus is not powerful enough to cause paranoia , I think its the governments that try to keep it under wraps
and then when it spreads oh my god it wasn't our fault . If you are healthy and young covid wont kill you so keep doing your regular stuff eg : Travelling my too sents
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TheLostSwede
r.h.p
TBH I feel this virus is not powerful enough to cause paranoia , I think its the governments that try to keep it under wraps
and then when it spreads oh my god it wasn't our fault . If you are healthy and young covid wont kill you so keep doing your regular stuff eg : Travelling my too sents
How do you know?
Have you read any of the stories of what's actually going on in China?
The PRC government is darking a lot of things.
The crematoriums are running 24/7, they're even burning some people alive, a lot of corpses are labelled with unknown cause of death just to keep the numbers down.
Let's wait and see what happens in Korea and Italy, if the deaths are low enough there, then maybe it's not too bad, bur right now, it's way too early to say what it is or isn't.
However, I agree that there's too much paranoia, but this is largely thanks to the WHO who hasn't been truthful about what's going on as well, as the PRC has some hold on the leader of the WHO.
A lot of people are also catching it quickly again after having been declared free of the virus.
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#17
Vario
r.h.p
TBH I feel this virus is not powerful enough to cause paranoia , I think its the governments that try to keep it under wraps
and then when it spreads oh my god it wasn't our fault . If you are healthy and young covid wont kill you so keep doing your regular stuff eg : Travelling my too sents
If you have people you care about who are older, you should be concerned for their health. Given that the virus is very infectious and also has a dormant period and in some people does not even present symptoms, risk of contagion is quite high. Everyone will probably get this virus eventually.
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#18
Nater
I believe the this COVID-19 has already been stateside for a while. Schools were already shutting down over Christmas into New years over so many kids being sick. It was always "flu-like symptoms" but you can bet maybe 1/5 kids, if that, ever actually got tested with what they had. It decimated our household, my wife being the only one to not get bedridden for at least a day. (there's a joke there somewhere) I had fevers for days, stuffy nose, and then a cough that lingered for WEEKS. (and yeah, I have had my flu shots)

Containment is a joke. Best they can do now is slow it down. A gentleman from Japan left Honolulu via Delta on like the 7th of Feb who ended up having it. We arrived on the 8th. I imagine it was ALL over the airport by that point. I wish I could volunteer to get sick, so I can get it over with on my terms and not have my WHOLE household go down at once again. A nightmare as it is getting really sick, it's even worse when both parents and all 3 kids are sick as well. And a Grandma . And an Aunt. There's no relief.


As far as the US response - Trump has been damned if he does, damned if he doesn't from the get-go. If he closed the borders - "OMG RACIST!!!", and you see if he says, 'We're doing our best, let's not panic'; it's "OMG he's such a fool, he's not taking this seriously enough!" The media is not helping the situation in the slightest.
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Lindatje
TheLostSwede
The crematoriums are running 24/7, they're even burning some people alive, a lot of corpses are labelled with unknown cause of death just to keep the numbers down
FAKE-NEWS!
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TheDeeGee
Tsukiyomi91
another disappointing news, I guess... all thanks to COVID-19.
No, thanks to people that eat disgusting food.
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TheLostSwede
TheDeeGee
No, thanks to people that eat disgusting food.
I think Dutch food is pretty disgusting, so does that mean you're one of the people in that group?
I mean, what's will all the weird herring? Had a really nasty pizza when I was there a couple of weeks ago. Pseudo Asian food that's kind of meh. The list goes on...

Also, the latest rumours out of China suggests that it wasn't weird/wild animals, but rather someone selling animals that had been used for lab testing that were sold to the local market and then sold on as food, as a few people wanted to make a quick buck...
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JackCarver
TheLostSwede
Taiwan is one of the few countries so far that did the right thing, they blocked entry of PRC citizens almost as soon as they found out about the virus.
Absolutely agree here.
Easo
we really do not need another flu, one alone does enough damage. Twice that?
Yes Covid 19 AND flu would be very bad...
eidairaman1
Death occurs with those with a compromised immune system.
And when you suffer from flu first and then also get corona...
TheLostSwede
The crematoriums are running 24/7, they're even burning some people alive
Nothing heard of this one but who knows whats going on in Chiina, they lie about nearly everything whats awkward...
TheLostSwede
Also, the latest rumours out of China suggests that it wasn't weird/wild animals, but rather someone selling animals that had been used for lab testing that were sold to the local market and then sold on as food, as a few people wanted to make a quick buck...
Problem is that they always eat such stuff uncooked....
TheLostSwede
Let's wait and see what happens in Korea and Italy
Italy....they won't get it done right, but I also don't understand why Germany doesn't quit any entries from Italy, still planes from Italy are landing here and so on...
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TheLostSwede
JackCarver
Problem is that they always eat such stuff uncooked....
1. Sushi is Japanese, not Chinese.
2. Sushi can be really good, but you need to go to a high-end place to eat really good sushi. One of my favourites is with halibut, lightly torched.
3. Don't mix up sushi and sashimi, the first one comes on rice, the second one is just raw slices of something.
4. In Japan, they eat chicken and horse sashimi. I've had the latter, but would't eat the first.
5. Look up balut, it's quite popular in several south east Asian countries.

That said, in China they eat a lot of much weirder things and if they don't eat it, it's "medicine". The "traditional Chinese medicine" industry has pushed a lot of wild animals to the brink of extinction, just because some idiots thinks that eating ground up animal parts will get them a bigger todger, cure cancer or make sure their first born is a boy...

And if you want to watch what some "influencers" in China do when they're hungry...
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JackCarver
TheLostSwede
1. Sushi is Japanese, not Chinese.
2. Sushi can be really good, but you need to go to a high-end place to eat really good sushi. One of my favourites is with halibut, lightly torched.
3. Don't mix up sushi and sashimi, the first one comes on rice, the second one is just raw slices of something.
4. In Japan, they eat chicken and horse sashimi. I've had the latter, but would't eat the first.
5. Look up balut, it's quite popular in several south east Asian countries.

That said, in China they eat a lot of much weirder things and if they don't eat it, it's "medicine". The "traditional Chinese medicine" industry has pushed a lot of wild animals to the brink of extinction, just because some idiots thinks that eating ground up animal parts will get them a bigger todger, cure cancer or make sure their first born is a boy...

And if you want to watch what some "influencers" in China do when they're hungry...

Yeah, I deleted this one as you are right, but it's the asian way anyway. Eating things uncooked is their thing...

It's also in Africa, eating those Fly-Dogs and monkeys uncooked, don't know how they named in english, brought us Ebola and HIV...
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