Valve is not the type of company to go unnoticed -- it shouldn't be surprising, then, that online gaming communities everywhere are buzzing about the newly announced Steam Controller.
And with good reason too: not only is having Steam optimised for the living room experience potentially game-changing, the controller itself is... well, it's kinda funny lookin'. Which is why some of the immediate reactions involved Photoshops of the controller -- the one above with Gabe Newell's eyes is by our very own commenter, Pixel. It's a response to Chris' photoshop of the controller, which is also excellent:
Also by Chris: an interpretation of the controller as a crotch:
And yes, of course, the controller as a part of a Half-Life 3 conspiracy:
The controller as Wall-E, by Greg-The-Mad:
Others, instead, saw something like an owl:
Then there are sillier interpretations of the controller, like this cutesy...thing by Tumo:
And some, like Farrow, seem sceptical of how this thing will work in your hands:
Some seemed rather disappointed this announcement isn't Half-Life 3 -- and can you blame them? This is the THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT, you guys! It practically begs for the joke...
There's even this song floating around from last year, where a super fan writes to Gabe about Half-Life 3 in the style of 'Stan,' the song by Eminem...it's kind of hilarious:
Twitter, naturally, had its own slew of reactions -- jokes and serious alike. Have a look:
Remember when Valve made games and not platforms? -- Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) September 27, 2013
I am honestly excited about Valve's disruptive nature and recent moves. However... I just want Half Life 3 fuck me right?! -- Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) September 27, 2013
The gut reaction is that the Steam controller will be awful and won't work. But I'm sure it does and will surprise us. Valve aren't dumb. -- Garry Newman (@garrynewman) September 27, 2013
Maybe the Steam controller will good, maybe it will be bad, who knows? Will it be better than the Gamecube controller? Never. -- ɦəʞιɯ (@mikeyturvey) September 27, 2013
Well the Steam Controller looks pretty horrible for any game that uses a dpad. -- Hayden Scott-Baron (@docky) September 27, 2013
Steam controller looks... uh. I'm not even sure. I don't know how the buttons would work. But hey, I can't wait to try it. -- Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) September 27, 2013
The Steam controller reminds me of a Hoothoot. -- Nick (@15thCrystal) September 27, 2013
Just woke up... that steam controller looks like a controller from the future. I love the future! -- famousmortimer (@atPeteDodd) September 27, 2013
That Steam controller looks cool. Button placement seems wildly impractical though. -- Will Krummel (@krummey) September 27, 2013
Despite its name, the Steam Controller has no steam and will not explode under the pressure and kill you by boiling flesh from your bones. -- Custard Smingleigh (@Smingleigh) September 27, 2013
The new Steam Controller can navigate in pitch darkness because it senses obstacles with a form of sonar, just like a dolphin or bat does. -- Custard Smingleigh (@Smingleigh) September 27, 2013
Steam Controller? GIVE IT TO ME. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. -- Beta_Whiskey (@BetaWhiskey) September 27, 2013
I used a Steam Controller a few months ago; the button configuration was different at the time, but the cursor pads worked amazingly well. -- Lord Chris Remo (@chrisremo) September 27, 2013
I got to play with the new Steam controller earlier this week. I think people will like it. They've done some clever things with it. -- Brock Jones (@BrockDiesel) September 27, 2013
If Valve doesn't call it's controller The Hot Steamer... well, they probably made the right call. -- Dan Stapleton (@DanStapleton) September 27, 2013
"The joystick is phallic and represents male aggression," representatives of Valve said. "Our controller is yonic, sensual, open. Kill all m -- naxuu (@naxuu) September 27, 2013
Very excited about valve's controller, but wondering about the texture of the trackpads and how sweat-tolerant they'll be -- Henk Boom (@henkboom) September 27, 2013
Steam's latest announcements should be called "Look at this new idea and forget about HL3" -- Alex McCauley (@BlufootGamer) September 27, 2013
Very very excited for the steam box release. Definitely would like to try the new controller out as well. -- TheKelby (@TheKelby) September 27, 2013
Did Valve already kill the Steam Box console? That controller looks 100% useless - what were they thinking? -- Jimmy Marcus Larsen (@ChronoDK) September 27, 2013
One Tweeter even sees the, uh, erotic? possibilities with the new controller.
And one YouTuber is ready to throw money at this all, but nothing is happening!