Aperture Desk Job

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Aperture Desk Job
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Basic Information

Valve Corporation


Valve Corporation

  • Microsoft Windows
    • March 1, 2022


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 - 6GB VRAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Steam Deck
You think your job's bad? I mean... Your job is bad. It's the worst job at the company, way worse than mine. I shouldn't have made it sound like we were competing.

Aperture Desk Job is a non-canonical technical demo developed by Valve, to showcase the Steam Deck's controls and features. It was released March 1, 2022 on Steam.


The game begins with the player, seemingly on an 80's Aperture lounge room. A progressively intense orchestral is playing throughout the scene. Cave Johnson welcomes the character into the Aperture Science Competence Center, seemingly made for the most gifted of all the employees in Aperture. Cave informs the character that they are exceptional.

The player's view then descends below the room, revealing that they are above the Competence Center. While the character descends into the seemingly retro-looking facility with tubes and testing rooms, they encounter employee's silhouettes, a play room, precursor utility robots, and references to the lore.

After the descent, the player is greeted by Grady, the Graduation Core, who informs the player that the pre-recorded message from Cave was the wrong tape, and before playing the correct tape, in which Cave tells the player to "get to work, or you're fired."

Grady proceeds to introduce the player to the Desk, a visualization of the Steam Deck's controls, showing joystick, button, and bumper buttons. The player is then tasked to test and quality assert toilets, in which the toilet can at least be filled with water, have a working bidet, and be able to flush.

After some toilets passing through inspection, a seemingly smoking toilet is seen arriving into the line. Grady notices this and tries to inspect the toilet by himself, while unbeknownst to him, the player keeps on testing the faulty toilet. Until an explosion occurred and knocked Grady out of his rail arm, which subsequently made him stuck in the toilet bowl. The player then would turn on the bidet repeatedly to unjam Grady out of the bowl, which unfortunately, made Grady eject out of the toilet at a high speed, knocking down a pipeline with ammunition flowing inside of it.

The ammunition flowed into the water container of the toilet, and when the player tries to test the toilet, the ammunition ejected out of the toilet bowl as live bullets. Although the toilet failed inspection, the event gave Grady an idea that took months in the making.



See also: Grady voice lines
An image of Grady as seen in the game.

Cave Johnson

Main article: Cave Johnson
See also: Cave Johnson voice lines
File:Aperture Deck Job Cave Johnson.jpg
An image of Cave Johnson as seen in the game.



  • It is unknown whether the toilet turret is the predecessor to the sentry turret, although their designs share an uncanny resemblance.

See also

  • The Lab – a collection of VR minigames made to show off capabilities of the HTC Vive
  • Aperture Hand Lab – a VR technical demo made to showcase the functionality of the Valve Index controllers.