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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Devolver Direct 2022 | KoopaTV's Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Videogame Singularity.

We didn't expect to do this, which is why these aren't really “live” reactions. 'cause we missed it happening altogether. Honestly, I didn't know that Devolver Digital was doing a thing this year due to the lack of E3, and me being tuned out by the major fake E3 replacement.

But, sure, after last year's Devolver Digital presentation where I rated their presentation above trash tier compared to other companies, I'd be delighted to watch what they're doing again! So I coordinated with fellow KoopaTV staffer Kamek on an even time (one that ended in :00 to make it easier for you guys to follow along our time-stamps with where in the video we are) to watch the video-on-demand replay of what Devolver Digital had to show. And... um... it was quite interesting. ...Though I ought to tell you that it immediately starts off in a vulgar way.

Anyway, follow along with our reactions below: [8:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa:
[8:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm hoping this makes fun of Geoff Keighley.
[8:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (We'll react in ~2 minutes.)
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (40 seconds)
[8:59 PM] Kamek: i don't have
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wot
[8:59 PM] Kamek: nevermind
[8:59 PM] Kamek: i have premium so i wont have ads
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I don't think there will be ads!
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 5
[8:59 PM] Kamek: i dunno
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 4
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 3
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 2
[8:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 1
[9:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: go
[9:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (This is what happens when we watch things on demand and not streamed)
[9:00 PM] Kamek: oh dear
[9:00 PM] Kamek: swearing is trendy?
[9:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Clearly, things aren't going well in the industry.
[9:00 PM] Kamek: is that a futuristic compac
[9:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're making fun of pre-presentation countdowns.
[9:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Which happen all the time nowadays.
[9:01 PM] Kamek: mandatory high voltage danger sign
[9:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Or as I call them, announcements of the announcement of the announcement.
[9:01 PM] Kamek: gross
[9:01 PM] Kamek: g-fuel climaxes
[9:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Can't tell if you're saying gross because they said it's gross in the skit or because you said it's gross!
[9:02 PM] Kamek: both
[9:02 PM] Kamek: i wonder what kind of monitors those are
[9:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf SUDA
[9:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: MECHA SUDA51
[9:02 PM] Kamek: who
[9:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Of Grasshopper Manufacture.
[9:02 PM] Kamek: he keeps saying number
[9:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I like to write about him doing things with No More Heroes.
[9:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, they did just say they were doing a countdown.
[9:03 PM] Kamek: Ah
[9:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So... he's doing the countdown.
[9:03 PM] Kamek: is he?
[9:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, the numbers are going down.
[9:03 PM] Kamek: it doesn't seem like it
[9:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In the seconds.
[9:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's too tired though.
[9:03 PM] Kamek: I don't like the shaved half head look
[9:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yo I want that cannon.
[9:04 PM] Kamek: HIGH VOLTAGE
[9:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Lechonk?
[9:05 PM] Kamek: There is something satisfying about other countries making  weird sounds
[9:05 PM] Kamek: Like it's not just us
[9:05 PM] Kamek: magic wooloo
[9:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (It's a trailer to an actual game now with a piglet)
[9:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (and a sheep)
[9:05 PM] Kamek: oh dear
[9:06 PM] Kamek: this is getting dark
[9:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Cult of the Lamb" coming August 11
[9:06 PM] Kamek: The cute evil aesthetic
[9:06 PM] Kamek: oh it looks like that Don't Starve game
[9:06 PM] Kamek: or whatever
[9:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I think there's a cow somewhere there.

Cult of the Lamb summoning circle Devolver Digital Direct 2022
See? In the south part? Ain't that a bovine?
...Perhaps I should be more concerned about the horror they are summoning.

[9:07 PM] Kamek: did you see playstation logo missing?
[9:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Massive Monster made it.
[9:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well I didn't see something that didn't show up.
[9:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I saw the Nintendo Switch logo though.
[9:08 PM] Kamek: 4 buttons on the stomach suits look a bit odd
[9:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Everyone is forgetting about SUDA51 in the mecha.
[9:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: As he demands to see the numbers.
[9:08 PM] Kamek: Last time I heard the phrase Gigantic Space Baby it was in Dungeons and Dragons
[9:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The open captions and the closed captions from SUDA51 are saying different things.

Goichi Suda SUDA51 look at give that data numbers Mecha Devolver Digital Direct 2022
The disparity between the open captions (burned into the video in yellow)
and the closed captions (which you can toggle on and off in YouTube settings) was even wider in several places.

[9:09 PM] Kamek: lol
[9:09 PM] Kamek: ew
[9:09 PM] Kamek: have we seem other instances of vaping in video games
[9:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...probably in GTA, I dunno.
[9:10 PM] Kamek: Because that's the first time I've personally seen it
[9:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I know that The Game Awards keeps having anti-vape commercials.
[9:10 PM] Kamek: lol are they pretending to see chat
[9:10 PM] Kamek: wait really?
[9:11 PM] Kamek: oooo france
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: New trailer.
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Not just any France, but 18th Century France.
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Pre-revolution)
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (...I think)
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (still lots of swords)
[9:11 PM] Kamek: gambling
[9:11 PM] Kamek: that sounds interesting
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Card Shark"
[9:11 PM] Kamek: I wanna know more about that
[9:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I guess the game is supposed to be about the gambling.
[9:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Did he just say Video Game Singularity?"
[9:12 PM] Kamek: I'm lost man.
[9:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Guess you haven't seen enough movies! ...And that means neither have I.
[9:12 PM] Kamek: This is officially an avant-garde film
[9:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But they're describing how every company keeps buying out every other company.
[9:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Like how Microsoft keeps buying out game companies.
[9:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And having one mega monopoly company.
[9:13 PM] Kamek: this black guy is doing well
[9:13 PM] Kamek: good acting
[9:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Play to earn seems like something about those NFTs you're supposed to write about. :x
[9:14 PM] Kamek: Did that woman just insinuate a reality with sonic and big resident evil woman
[9:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In a relationship.
[9:14 PM] Kamek: hehehe...yeah
[9:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: New trailer.
[9:14 PM] Kamek: i meant yeah about the thing I was supposed to do
[9:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Plucky Squire (named Jot).
[9:14 PM] Kamek: not the sonic and lady D thing
[9:14 PM] Kamek: freaking punching bears
[9:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: YO PUNCH-OUT REFERENCE
[9:15 PM] Kamek: Now that's an interesting game
[9:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Coming to all platforms.
[9:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Jumping off of a page into the real world.
[9:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Guy is wearing a shirt called Tom Clancy's Animal Crossing.
[9:15 PM] Kamek: lol microsoft bought bethesda, TWICE

Microsoft bought Bethesda Animal Crossing Tom Clancy shirt Devolver Digital Direct 2022
It's a cool shirt.
By the way, the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 is this Sunday. I guess we'll have a weekend shift?

[9:16 PM] Kamek: oh good they explained the plot
[9:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Just for fun!
[9:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It seems like Devolver Digital will be the ones in command of this gaming monopoly.
[9:17 PM] Kamek: whoa trippy
[9:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But the presenters are freaking out because they know they're incompetent and can't successfully run this industry.
[9:17 PM] Kamek: arc de triumph
[9:17 PM] Kamek: I'm into this trippy tony hawk game
[9:17 PM] Kamek: i'm not into being a demon though
[9:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Where Tony Hawk is a demon made of glass.
[9:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "And yet you must skate through the underworld"
[9:18 PM] Kamek: "And yet you must skate" is a great line
[9:18 PM] Kamek: I hope everyone appreciates that
[9:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Perhaps you can escape the underworld. That's what they do in Greek mythology.
[9:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Skate Story" by Sam Eng.
[9:18 PM] Kamek: Well the cape is an odd choice
[9:18 PM] Kamek: it's culturally a faux pas to do capes
[9:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It is?! I like capes!
[9:18 PM] Kamek: everyone knows "NO CAPES!"
[9:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's even a power-up.
[9:19 PM] Kamek: lady slowmo flossing

Princess Peach cosplay Devolver Digital Direct 2022
One of these alternate realities involved the presenters cosplaying.
Princess Peach is in the foreground.

[9:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mecha SUDA51 is warping reality.
[9:20 PM] Kamek: this reminds me of that time playstation did the tech demo of the old man face
[9:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: We've warped into a future reality where videogames have ceased to exist.
[9:20 PM] Kamek: I don't like the implications that lootbox coins are the last remnant
[9:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yeah, we really need Bitcoins instead.
[9:21 PM] Kamek: also that pearl....headgear is not appealing
[9:21 PM] Kamek: "Bitcoin is the next gen peer to peer financial solution for the modern world."
[9:22 PM] Kamek: "And will save videogames I gguess?"
[9:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, apparently gaming is saved by wish-making on the lootbox coin.
[9:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...or maybe not.
[9:22 PM] Kamek: Are those japanese characters?
[9:22 PM] Kamek: wait
[9:22 PM] Kamek: what
[9:22 PM] Kamek: it's over?
[9:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Uh..... Possibly?
[9:23 PM] Kamek: eyyy the high voltage sign
[9:23 PM] Kamek: SUDA 51 as mecha SUDA51 lol
[9:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But we do get a musical number.
[9:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (These credits are funny)
[9:23 PM] Kamek: Well, that was very underwhelming
[9:24 PM] Kamek: behind the scenes movie making is vaguely interesting though
[9:25 PM] Kamek: whoa those are like, real cameras
[9:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm assuming they rented them.
[9:25 PM] Kamek: like cost-more-than-a-car cameras
[9:25 PM] Kamek: ah, they filmed it in LA
[9:25 PM] Kamek: errrr....thoughts?
[9:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, The Plucky Squire is made by All Possible Futures, which is the brand new game studio by James Turner, GAME FREAK's now-former art director.
[9:27 PM] Kamek: oh  that's interesting
[9:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So that probably explains how artsy it is!
[9:27 PM] Kamek: Youtube comments are plentiful
[9:28 PM] Kamek: interesting games, but the show wasn't terribly interesting
[9:28 PM] Kamek: I would like to be try being Glass Tony Hawk skating out of the underworld
[9:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I wanna know more about The Plucky Squire for sure.

The Plucky Squire Jot punch out bear badger Devolver Digital Direct 2022
Very similar spritework to the NES Punch-Out!! here.
I have no idea what kind of game The Plucky Squire is, but I hope this part is in the game and interactive.

[9:29 PM] Kamek: Agreed!
[9:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That Card Shark game  is already out.
[9:30 PM] Kamek: hmmmm
[9:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And it apparently has a demo.
[9:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: On Switch and Steam.
[9:30 PM] Kamek: oh my
[9:31 PM] Kamek: the developers are playing through and broadcasting
[9:31 PM] Kamek: one dude is dressed up wearing a wig
[9:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Totally not me!
[9:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: >.>
[9:32 PM] Kamek: ...
[9:32 PM] Kamek: anyway
[9:32 PM] Kamek: I guess that's it?
[9:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yup!
[9:33 PM] Kamek: Hurray!

Despite Goichi Suda's presence in the Devolver Direct, he didn't actually have any of his own content to present. That seems odd... but it's Devolver Digital, so it's in-character. What did you think of the presentation? (Or the games?) ...Or the staff's reactions? Let us know in the comments.

The KoopaTV staff watched the Sony State of Play a week before this (and LIVE). Still in the season!
The next presentation came from Xbox! Click here for the reactions to it.
The KoopaTV Best Reaction Log of 2022 award went to this Devolver Digital log!
Devolver Digital's long lost mascot returns in 2023's Devolver Direct.


  1. “One dude is dressed up and wearing a wig” that about sealed it for me, but this is the end so I guess it don’t really matter. Fortunately, I think gaming is the one industry where if the audience absolutely hates your games and methods, the company will actually suffer for it and will be forced to change their ways if they want to be successful.

    I don’t like Punchout, but I do hope it comes back one day

    1. ...Am I supposed to read that as you hating the games and methods displayed in the Devolver Direct?

    2. I was rushed in typing my comment so I meant to say more, but no. This was just alright. There's always interesting announcements and I have been interested in that one game about the satanic sheep, but I've never felt the same hype that one would get from a Nintendo/PlayStation/Xbox showcase when watching these.

    3. I got more hype than PlayStation's. :x


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