It’s been a very long and arduous journey. A journey fraught with uncertainty, delays and vague speculative assumptions. In the intervening period between reserving my Steam Deck and actually receiving the device, Frodo Baggins was able to trek across Middle Earth, through corpse ridden marshes, treacherous mountain peaks, the clutches of men and their tenacious obsession with power. All while being pursued by ring wraiths, paralysed by an 8-foot arachnid and endured the insufferable burden of the rings virulent malignancy. All without even wearing a stitch on his bulbous feet. In short, Frodo has no idea what real suffering is! With the interminable component shortage, a perpetuating consequence of COVID, one that resulted in a revised release and an adjusted time frame that is still very oblique. The Steam decks gradual release has been a fatiguing experience for a company renowned for its software.
But today that all changes. A day that will mark a pivotal moment in my life. A life that will be forever partitioned into a period of “before” and “after” the Steam deck. Appropriately abbreviated to “S.T.D” in the Gregorian calendar. There’s a sense of relief, like a year long bowel movement that has finally been shifted. But also a burgeoning sense of anxiety. An interminable reluctance elicited by such a prolonged yearning. A need that its release can’t possibly satisfy, with a daunting accumilation of aspirations you’ve conjured in your subconscious. The kind of self inflicted sabotage that occurs when you’ve invested a significant amount of not so disposable income on an extravagant device, that has been festering in my account for almost a year!
There’s an expectation that has gestated into this great irrepressible entity. Its tormenting binds finally splintered into a cacophony of euphoric liberation. Possessing the Steam deck is a lot like bringing home a new pet. And with any new addition to the household, it’s compulsory to accessorise. In this instance its natural to manifest this same effusive sense of pride by purchasing software. A vigorous process that only further expedites the flourishing relationship between man and device. If such a bond can exist between a living organism and inanimate object. But judging by my experience with the Steam deck so far, I think it could become my most cherished possession. One that I can also take for walks.
Do you own a Steam deck? If so what do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers.