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Valve says no to inhaling Steam Deck fumes

The various communities surrounding video games often leave us with somewhat mixed feelings. You’ve got gamers who would rather drink bleach than see a pronoun, some who are desperate for nothing but the next Call of Duty, and others who are, you know, normal. And then there are some gamers who have to be told to stop sniffing the fumes that come out of their Steam Deck vents.

To be honest, the latter is always our favourite. Much like how Procter & Gamble had to tell attention-starved content creators to please stop encouraging kids to eat Tide pods back in 2018, Valve has to come out and say stop inhaling your Steam Deck fumes, has tickled me something awful.

As reported by Dexerto, a concerned Steam Deck user named Metapod100 reached out to Valve Customer Support to ask for clarification on the strange habit of sniffing the warm air from the handheld gaming PC’s vents.

“Is it safe to inhale the exhaust fumes from the top vent of the Steam Deck? It’s somewhat of a meme to enjoy the fumes but I think I kinda… like it?” Metapod100 asked.

Valve Customer Support replied with the following: “As with all electronics, it’s generally not recommended that you inhale the exhaust fumes on your device. While there are no safety concerns with general usage, directly inhaling the device’s vent fumes should be avoided. We understand that it may be a meme, but please refrain from this behavior for the safety of your health.”

This isn’t the first, nor will it be the last, that gamers have decided to do something to their video game products that could risk their health. Since the dawn of time, people have been sticking things into places that they really shouldn’t. The fact that gamers are the ones doing this is, at the very least, a little funny.

But seriously. Stop sniffing the fumes of your Steam Deck. It’s nasty.

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