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Devolver's E3 Conference...Devolved...

Updated on June 29, 2017

The title speaks for itself, but before we get into how it devolved, let's cover of what Devolver Digital is. Devolver is a publisher founded in 2009 in Austin Texas by Mike Wilson, Harry Miller IV, and Rick Stults. They published several games such as: Serious Sam HD, First and Second Encounter, Hotline Miami, and Shadow Warrior. They published many of these games through acquisition from defunct publishers, but I feel that's obvious to long time gamers who are aware of these titles.

With that established, let's get on with this...

"FunHaus," huh...? Who are these guys...?
"FunHaus," huh...? Who are these guys...? | Source

What happened...?

Devolver Digital's conference started out with a skit of a man behind a desk, named Jon Carnage, in shambles, while sitting across from him are three of his cohorts. They help orient him, he seaways to the conference, and thus things get weird... As we cut to three women hosting a livestream reaction of Devolver's conference. This felt meta, because this popped up just as they cut to a shot of the convention E3 was hosted at. Then we got a joke of some dude asking when was Devolver going to announce Shemue 3. I coulda swore Shemue 3 was in development, but I digress... What followed was the actual conference started Nina Strutters, as she gets an annoyingly overwhelming amount of applause. After she silences them by firing of a handgun,(yes this happened, no, no one got shot) she proceeded to express in a blunt manner how Devolver's games and merchandise was going to win over our hard earned money. What followed was our first game trailer of a top down action game called Ruiner. You apparently have to survive and fight your way through a dystopian futuristic city filled with an array of psychos and killers. My kind of fun. Milo Lowrie who mentioned how there's a disconnect people wanting to buy video games and people actually buying video games. He mentioned too how people say they're throwing money at the screen, but it leaves their bank accounts empty. So he unveiled a device called "Devolver Digital Screen Pay," a device where you can throw money into the screen and it'll be transferred directly to Devolver. The demonstration resulted in the loss of a volunteer's arm... I am so glad this tech doesn't actually exist.

They immediately cut to the gameplay footage of an upcoming Serious Sam game called Serious Sam:Bogus Detour. It's a top down shooter, and featured a lot of stuff getting shot and destroyed in glorious 16/32 bits. Sorry I'm a sucker for such classic looking games. It also has a campaign mode and co-op. I hope that's local co-op too, because I miss local co-op, plus it fits games like Serious Sam.

Nina Strutter returns with an announcement of Devolver's Early access that allows to play games that are in conception. We then cut to Suda51 who's under the impression that he's presenting for a big named publisher like Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony. Why is that my interpretation? Because when h's told by a figure off screen that he's presenting for Devolver, he ask:"Who is that," and shoo's them away as they were interrupting his important work. This is followed by a fast talking disclaimer that Suda51 won't be working with Devolver, before the announcer hastily brings us back to Nina Strutter who just plays it off. She brings out another device that allows the input criticisms to effect developers called "Comment Created Content."

And here's where the crazy happens... Nina's rambling on about how Devolver will be the head way in the future of gaming and unethical business practices, while blood pours out of her nose. She keeps rambling however, as the footage gets interrupted repeatedly by cuts to the audience, Serious Sam, other games, the Devolver logo, and the (possibly disgruntled) demonstrator typing away with the comment system. All culminating in Nina's head exploding, before her corpse is dragged away by God-knows-what, and the credits roll...

We then cut back to Jon and his cohorts playing what appeared to be obscure NES games, before playing Miami Vice for about an hour.

So that's what happened, but the question how did the conference devolve? Well let's get into that...

This is where things got weird...
This is where things got weird... | Source

How Devolver Devolved...

Now on to how the conference devolved. The conference started from Jon Carnage, the mini-livestream, to Nina Strutter's presentation was a parody of video game E3 conferences. It was bizarre, yet hilarious. But after that was over, it got really dull, really quick. And with this being the first conference I felt I could sit through without watching a live reaction to accompany it. And yet when the conference was over it lulled to a dull crawl. What followed was a bunch of dull and unfunny crap. It's as if they either lost the humor pacing, or couldn't keep the momentum of the humor utilized in this conference. Which is understandable, or maybe this wasn't planned out properly.

It would've been nice if they had've kept up the momentum, but I'm sure they knew what they had on their hands. Regardless it started out great and bizarrely hilarious, which I enjoyed, and I wish it had stated that way.

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