Video game journalist infects hundreds of EVE nerds with insidious virus

A gaming convention turned into the banal opening scene of a zombie outbreak movie this week as a number of players who attended EVE Vegas 2017 suddenly came down with the symptoms of a cold virus after the event. The airborne virus was brought to the event by an anonymous video game journalist — let’s call him Drendan Brain — and is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom, where it’s been sweeping rapidly across the country this month.

We reached out to Drendan Brain for comment, but his phone always went to a busy tone and his emails keep getting returned to me. The cold may also have been brought to the event by 19 other attendees from the UK, the EVE: Valkyrie team from the UK, or literally anyone going through any airport, but that wouldn’t make a snazzy headline. However the outbreak started, hundreds of EVE Online players were potentially exposed and many are now crawling into bed with some chicken soup and a cup of hot lemon. Get well soon, space bros!

For the record, the real villain of the piece is Tina Lauro Pollock, who came home sick just days before EVE Vegas and infected everyone in the house.

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socontrariwise

Interesting. I had some friends in Berlin end of last week come down in groups with some really bad cold. I wonder if that is related. They are not exactly the people to make a big fuzz of that but it was noteworthy bad that friends kept commenting that they got it too, was clearly very contagious.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

I managed to avoid the crud despite talking to several of the people indicated in the post during EVE Vegas!

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flatline4400

Gee, Brain, what’re you going to do tonight??

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NeoWolf

Your welcome U.S.. your welcome ;) hehe

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camren_rooke

None of you have had any cravings for human flesh or brain matter correct?

At least not any more than normal?

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Robert Mann

Con plague is an expected part of such events… XD

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Armsbend

My family is in the middle of a plague and none of us went to Eve Vegas. We can’t blame anyone.

I hope this year isn’t as bad as last on the sickness front :_:;;

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Sleepy

“but that wouldn’t make a snazzy headline”

Everything that’s wrong with humanity, right there :D

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Knox Harrington

Or journalism

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BalsBigBrother

That outside place is dangerous and I try not to have anything to do with it unless I am in a full level A /type 1 hazmet suit.

The lady who owns the local shop was a little put out to begin with when I first went to get my milk but I think she is used to me now. I say used to me she has stopped hitting me with the broom and shouting about aliens :p

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Schmidt.Capela

I see her point :-p

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A Dad Supreme

I think some of those infected at that Con better get themselves to a doctor. It could be Legionnaire’s which many people think is just the “crud”. It’s one of the worst common things around today where groups of people gather together in closed spaces.

“Those with Legionnaires’ disease usually have fever, chills, and a cough, which may be dry or may produce sputum. Almost all with Legionnaires’ experience fever, while approximately half have cough with sputum, and one third cough up blood or bloody sputum. Some also have muscle aches, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, loss of coordination (ataxia), chest pain, or diarrhea and vomiting.[16] Up to half of those with Legionnaires’ have gastrointestinal symptoms, and almost half have neurological symptoms,[15] including confusion and impaired cognition.[17]”

“The length of time between exposure to the bacteria and the appearance of symptoms is generally two to 10 days, but can rarely extend to as much as 20 days.[15]”

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socontrariwise

Better stop the amateur diagnosing, Legionnaire is extremely hard to transmit from person to person. It comes from aerosols in hot water breathed in, showers usually if the boiler is contaminated.

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mysecretid

Those tweets! Isn’t this the same EVE community infamous for telling anyone with any complaints about anything to “harden the f#ck up?” :-D

I suppose one only understands mercy after one has need of mercy.

Happily, the cold virus isn’t fatal — and neither was trenchant irony, the last time I looked.

Feel better, Brendan!

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Oyjord Hansen

Yeah, my sympathy reserves are very, very low for those participants of the most toxic MMO gaming community to date.

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miol

;P

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Tina Lauro Pollock

I am the real victim here… I’m still dying I tell ya! Blame the tides of snotty fresher students I was in contact with!

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Wolfyseyes

My first time at PAX East I got my first taste of Con Crud. It was real and it laid my ass OUT.

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Tina Lauro Pollock

Con crud is tthhee worst!

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