See people trying to find meta, political meaning in this conference or applaud Devolver for "trolling" everyone, but that's giving Devolver way too much credit for their forced comedy, poking fun at E3 quirks that are barely relevant today versus newer ones. Most of it was nonsense for the sake of nonsense wasting everyone who tuned in to see their games' time, but they did pretty much announce ahead of time that this is exactly what this conference would be so fair enough Devolver. In my opinion they failed in two main ways. They should have actually shown off their games more significantly between bits to dangle a carrot to get people uncomfortable with the skits to continue to watch their nonsense, and they should've gone much longer with more skits and games. As it is now, this came off as a dumb publicity stunt that most people hated, and the only people who liked it only like it cause others hate it which says something about those people in itself.
Then there's the people who are straight up angry right now about this "press conference", which is silly considering as I mentioned above Devolver pretty much gave away they were going to do something like this before it started even. Even if they were oblivious and unaware, they could've simply turned it off the moment it showed to be nonsense, instead of watching the entire trainwreck, and then searched later for any gameplay videos they might have shown off during it. Frankly, these are people who get offended at the slightest thing not to their liking, and we all know these people tend to pretty much completely forget about whatever they're mobbing against after like a week.
Earlier yesterday in the EZA Discord someone was saying it's a shame Geoff Keighley's E3 show is sponsored by Tostino's® Pizza Rolls, because "Still a very funny way to undercut your plea for games to be taken seriously, by tying it to the classic man-child-in-basement snack", which I disagree with but also now find anecdotally hilarious now considering the show Devolver put on. One would do much more to hurt the image of gaming than the other, if gaming wasn't already pretty much past that point of needing to be taken seriously to break into mainstream culture. The only image hurt by this show was Devolver's own brand, if even that, because again this was so lackluster people are seriously going to forget about this in a week. This is no Konami 2010 Press Conference, no matter how much people want to treat it like the same thing.