Last week Adam Orth, Microsoft Studios Creative Director, took to the web to express his viewpoint about the next Xbox’s rumored “always on” requirement (aka the Xbox needing to be always connected to the Internet) and how people are reacting to it. Orth was, how should I put it, a bit insensitive in expressing his opinion. Not only did he dismiss people’s concerns about how an always-online Xbox would ruin gaming for people with inconsistent, nonexistent, or slow connections by tweeting “#dealwithit” but he also went so far as it indirectly insult people living in rural areas of the United States.
Although Orth later said he was “trolling” and expressly stated the comments expressed where his opinion and not Microsoft’s, the damage was done. Not only did the web react angrily to Orth’s arrogant attitude but Microsoft and Microsoft employees (such as Chief of Staff for Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft Aaron Greenburg) indirectly disowned Orth and his comments. Unfortunately for Orth, the fallout hasn’t stopped there.
Quoting “sources close to the matter” and citing a call to Microsoft’s switchboard, GameInformer is reporting Orth is no longer working at Microsoft. GameInformer’s sources say Orth resigned due to his actions but it isn’t entirely clear if he voluntarily resigned or was forced out (aka fired) by Microsoft.
Whatever the case may be, goes to show you: don’t be an arrogant sob on the Internet, even if you are just expressing your opinion. Unless you are me. Then its okay. What are you looking at, punk?