The Steam Deck user splash screen is the entire first Shrek movie

The Steam Shrek. No, no, wait, the Shrek Deck. Ahh, I can’t decide.

As more and more Steam Decks find their way into the world, the console’s capabilities and limitations continue to be tested. The final trick is to create a custom splash screen for the console. This wasn’t intended for everyone as one Deck owner accidentally made their splash screen 90 minutes of Shrek.

Thestephens8789 shared his error on Reddit (thanks, Dexerto) and people are having a blast. “I set my startup video to Shrek and now I can’t use my Steam Deck until it’s finished,” they wrote, the “Help!!” suggesting beforehand that it was not an intentional gesture. Maybe they were just trying to be met with Shrek coming out of his Smash Mouth addiction every time they started.


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Since you have to wait for the splash screen to finish doing its job, the only way to get past the error is to watch 90 minutes of Dreamworks’ biggest hit. You can’t even turn off the Deck and start over because guess what? It will just restart the movie. You can only change the splash screen once the console is ready to go, so this particular Steam Deck owner needs to watch Shrek in its entirety.

Honestly, it’s not the worst thing in the world. Unless you accidentally restart the console after the movie is over and have to start over. Or if you let the battery drain while playing the movie, something that a number of answers tried to warn the proud owner of what has been dubbed the Shrek Deck, or the Steam Shrek, about . Others suggested expanding the splash screen to include more Shrek movies, which sparked an argument over whether or not Shrek the Third is good.

If you’ve been waiting for the Steam Deck hype to die down, now might be the best time to pick one up. The waiting time is as short as one to two weeks in some parts of the world. Don’t make an entire movie your startup screen if you really want to use it to play games.

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