Look, I get it. Y’all noticed Elden Ring and promptly lost your shit so laborious that you simply by chance closed the stream and missed the whole-ass presentation happening afterwards. But essentially the most superior half about Summer Game Fest occurred instantly after Geoff Keighley dropped the mic on Elden Ring’s reveal, throughout the indie recreation present Day of the Devs.
What is Day of the Devs?
Day of the Devs was a showcase of indie video games hosted by iam8bit and Psychonauts developer Double Fine. Rather than being a shotgun of recreation bulletins, two-second teasers, and interviews with your best friend, Day of the Devs was a a lot chiller showcase. The slower-paced presentation allowed devs to indicate off their video games in larger element than a sizzle reel would enable. As such, viewers had extra time to marvel at totally phenomenal-looking video games just like the stop-motion animated Vokabulantis.
Holy shit, simply take a look at this! I used to be enthralled by cease movement animator Johan Oettinger demonstrating how he painstakingly posed, shot, and moved the fashions, getting the identical pose from completely different angles to be able to faithfully recreate how the sunshine hits the characters. More than simply exhibiting off a cool and distinctive artwork type, really seeing the extent of technical element that went into making Vokabulantis made me hyped to play it, when moments earlier than I hadn’t even heard of it.
That sudden swell of, “holy shit I want this now” occurred to me much more throughout Day of the Devs than it did throughout Summer Game Fest. Frankly, the form of video games marketed throughout Summer Game Fest simply aren’t for me. Sure I can get enthusiastic about no matter Kojima’s cooking up as a result of, on the very least, the memes will likely be impeccable. But the video games Geoff confirmed off weren’t my pace. It felt like stuff that didn’t curiosity me once I noticed it and stuff I by no means had an intention to play. Don’t get me mistaken, my proximity to everybody’s pleasure on social media about Far Cry 6 or Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands in flip excited me, and I’m all the time prepared to attempt new experiences outdoors my typical gaming consolation zone, however nothing in that presentation moved my needle.
But Day Of The Devs had me in tears.
Another recreation proven at Day of Devs was Unbeatable, an anime-style rhythm recreation wherein you employ the beat of the music to struggle enemies. I love rhythm video games, particularly if it’s a brand new spin on the rhythm recreation format, and I’m excited past cause for the total launch of Unbeatable. I downloaded the demo inside seconds of listening to it was on Steam.
Soup Pot is one other recreation I’m almost rabid for. Cooking video games are my jam. Being in a position to considerably realistically prepare dinner meals from completely different cultures in a respectful and academic method? Double my jam.
I’m able to be totally destroyed by Moonglow Bay, a fishing RPG that has you employ your angler abilities to avoid wasting your dying city. Same with immigration roguelike Road 96, wherein the completely different selections you make have an effect on the way you attain or fail to achieve the protection of the border.
I simply love all of the Day of the Dev video games. They look so distinctive, completely different from AAA growth’s fixation with hyper realism, and so they felt extra human and private to me than the flashier, splashier titles within the Game Fest presser. I do know AAA growth isn’t devoid of heartfelt private tales, and I’ve had simply as a lot of an emotional response to greater funds video games as I’m having to those indies. But there’s one thing emotionally compelling about one half of a two dev group speaking about how he modeled his soccer recreation Despelote off his lived expertise rising up in Ecuador.
The conversations you hear within the trailer are improvised from on a regular basis folks, and the buildings within the background are actual photos taken of Ecuador’s capital Quito. These are the sorts of tales you don’t typically get in massive funds video games displays. And it’s these private, blood-on-the-pixels form of tales that remind me of why I so ardently love video video games as a medium.
I believe we’ll see extra of those sorts of video games at Saturday’s Wholesome Direct. Hopefully this time folks gained’t nonetheless be distracted by Elden Ring.