If you follow E3 at all, you kind of know what to expect from the press conferences that precede the actual three-day expo. The megaton announcements, the surprises, the trailers, sure. But there’s a rhythm to it. An executive steps out and says some lofty stuff about their company while gesticulating in deeply-rehearsed movements that remind us that our favorite YouTubers spend more time on camera than they do. They try hard to be funny, but have a hit ratio only slightly better than I do when playing darts.
And then there’s indie publisher Devolver Digital, publisher of a wide variety of games ranging from the recent Serious Sam titles to weird fare like Hotline Miami and Genital Jousting, which is a real game that exists. They only started doing press conferences last year, but they’re back again this year to roast the game industry and game conferences in exactly the ways they need to be roasted.
The show has loot boxes, classic consoles, and promises a publisher of video games couldn’t possibly keep.
And that’s the whole point. These publishers’ over-the-top promises put them in the position of making good on something intangible.
I don’t want to spoil the show for you – it’s about 20 minutes long, and it’s hilarious right from the opening up through the final moments. It’s one of the highlights of E3’s 4 days of press conferences.
And, just in case you were thinking of picking up some LootBoxCoin, you’ll be disappointed to hear that Devolver Digital’s unregulated, unsecured, unblockchained pretend cryptocurrency has already sold out.
Instead, check out this trailer for My Friend Pedro. It looks bananas.