Free Portal-Themed Sitting Simulator, Aperture Desk Job, Is Available Now On Steam

Valve’s portable Steam Deck is now in the hands of eager fans, and to celebrate, Valve released what it describes as a “free playable short film” called Aperture Desk Job to introduce users to the device’s various features. Aperture Desk Job is now available for free at Steam, but note that it cannot be played with a mouse and keyboard. The game requires a controller and is ideally designed to be played on Steam Deck. If the name Aperture sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s the same fictional company featured in the Valve Portal series of games.

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What exactly do you do in Aperture Desk Job? As with any good job, you sit at a desk. Players will take on the role of “entry-level nobody” on their first day of work, where they’ll be briefed on Steam Deck controls and features, though Valve notes that it’s “not as boring as it looks.” .”

As you’d expect from a Portal-related project, everything about the Aperture Desk Job is more than tongue-in-cheek, including the description of the game on Steam. Valve reminds players that this is not Portal 3 and lowers their expectations, describing the Aperture Desk Job as reimagining the “there-there-made walking simulation genre” and placing “them in an endorphin-soaked, lightning-slapped world.” sit still behind things. Valve is also using the game’s product page as an opportunity to pitch a time-traveling identity theft scenario, in case anyone in Hollywood might be interested.

Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell recently signed and delivered Steam decks to happy customers living near Valve’s offices, some of whom seemed more than embarrassed by the whole situation. GameSpot’s Steam Deck review stated that the handheld gaming device “delivers on its promise for high-end mobile gaming with impressive gaming performance and smart hardware design.”

 

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