Devolver Digital Had The Best E3 2017 Press Conference
(Last Updated On: June 12, 2017)

I haven’t seen Ubisoft, Sony, or Nintendo’s E3 press offerings but it doesn’t matter. Nothing the other three do will compare to what Devolver Digital pulled off in their Twitch live-stream conference. It was a freaking masterpiece and highlighted pretty much everything wrong with AAA gaming.

Sadly the video live-stream only took place on Twitch, but it was glorious. It was like someone purposefully switching the train tracks so that there would be a two trains the size of the Chrysler building colliding into each other in slow motion while someone threw bottles of nitroglycerine on top of the wreck.

4game did a YouTube video offering commentary over the Twitch stream, but you can check it out below to watch the important bits, especially involving the mock press conference involving the machine that lets you throw money at the computer screen and the instantaneous feedback from poorly constructed internet fan feedback. Check it out below. It starts at the 44 minute mark.

The one part that really stood out was the Earlier Early Access, where gamers could buy into the game on the conceptual stage. It’s played for laughs but it reminded me of when we used to joke about companies selling true endings as DLC… and lo and behold it came to pass.

As sad as that is and as funny as it is, I would be willing to bet that a few years from now either EA, Activision or Sony will allow you to buy into Earlier Early Access. I don’t think Microsoft would do that because Phil Spencer is actually smart enough to understand how the community works and he actually seems to work hard to avoid pissing people off.

But yeah, given that a lot of games have pre-orders and pre-purchases made available nearly eight months out from a game’s release, I honestly wouldn’t doubt that we could be seeing that become a reality soon enough. It’s just kind of sad because in the future most people will forget that Devolver Digital parodied the concept before it became standard.

Anyway, before the whole thing devolved into that live-stream skit with the crew playing that awful frog game and Hotline Miami, the mock stage conference that ended with the head explosion was brilliant.

Well played, Devolver… well played.


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  • Paradox Reign

    I watched this on Vinesauce Vinni’s channel and it was hilarious and sadly what E3 became… a glorified jerk-off show with no gameplay but “AWZUM GRAFFIKZ!!!1!!!11!!”

    And that’s only because of Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft and Perversa… I mean, Bethesda.

    • It was a pretty apt parody of what most of the press conferences have become.

  • LurkerJK

    Glorious

  • Claudius

    I didn’t enjoy it. In fact I hated it. I felt it ultimately not funny, annoying to watch, and a waste of my time.

    • Reven

      This is exactly how I felt. I liked the games I saw, but they showed so little of games that I eventually had to turn it off. I said like 6 times that “I don’t care about the people in the crowd!” I get what they were going for, and I’m ok with them trying it. I just felt it failed to do what they wanted and annoyed me into turning it off more than praising it. The Money Screen and Early-Early Access jokes WERE amazing though, I did laugh a bit at those, the rest… not so much.

    • Paradox Reign

      The was the idea of what E3 and all the other shows became. A horrific circle-jerking club with no gameplay and annoying idiots + unnecessary show gimmicks. Like you hold a mirror to E3 and company.

  • Migi

    With such a presentation, They’ll be getting my money day1. So fucking anti-SJW that we need more of this.

  • Disqusted

    Sounds like they respect gamers enough to deliver a clever presentation, instead of insulting our intelligence and replacing everyone with women who probably don’t even play games.

    • I actually really liked the girl hosting the event; she had charisma and was actually funny.

  • HisShadowX

    I do not speak glorious language of Soviet Russia!

  • Found the full conference. This is the epitome of art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKgEsuEBhqI

    • Uncle Joey

      A new dimension of shitposting.