The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

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 optimized 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:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

Also by Chris: an interpretation of the controller as a crotch:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

And yes, of course, the controller as a part of a Half-Life 3 conspiracy:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

The controller as Wall-E, by Greg-The-Mad:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

Many feel that the controller looks like a boom box of sorts, hence shops like this one by Slappers Only on neoGAF:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller


Others, instead, saw something like an owl:

Hence, I imagine, this comparison by Corronchilejano on neoGAF:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

Or this GIF by Impossiburu

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

Then there are sillier interpretations of the controller, like this cutesy...thing by Tumo:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

And some, like Farrow, seem skeptical of how this thing will work in your hands:

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

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...

The Internet Reacts to Valve's Steam Controller

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:

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!

Ah, internet.