The lights are on
If the first rule of public speaking is to know your audience, then the first rule of Twitter is to realize that you are speaking publicly. Last week, Game Informer shared a rumor that the next Xbox would require an active internet connection at all times. Following that, Microsoft creative director Adam Orth (pictured above in his Twitter profile image) took to Twitter with some impolitic thoughts on the matter.
Game Informer has learned from sources close to the matter that Orth is no longer with Microsoft. A call to Microsoft's main switchboard confirmed this fact. Our sources, who wish to remain anonymous, suggest that Orth resigned in the wake of last week's events. We haven't been able to confirm whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation.
Microsoft isn't commenting on the "always on" rumor or today's talk of a May 21 reveal for the console. We can't say for sure if Orth's "deal with it" approach is confirmation that users will need to be online (though with news emerging today of television integration, it's becoming more likely), but we can safely assume that his employer didn't appreciate him commenting on the matter. The company issued the following apology last week in response:
"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."
We have contacted Microsoft and Orth regarding his departure, and will update the story with their responses should they provide them.
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Make moronic decisions, and harsh consequences usually follow. This isn't bad luck, this is being stupid and thinking you're better than everyone else. Well deserved firing.
Can't wait for the PS4.
Did n't see that one coming.
sorry to say something like that, but great news
Isn't it a bit vindictive of you guys to be happy about him being fired? He was on Twitter, not a customer service line. Him losing his job is thought-policing.
Unemployed? Deal with it.
The surging practice of people using Twitter as a justification to have people terminated is a troubling one. Orth's comments were "insensitive", but they weren't bad enough to lose his job.
People need to quit wearing their feelings on their sleeves and stop getting so bent out of shape over the most miniscule things.
He was pretty rude. I don't know if he should have lost his job or not. If I were Microsoft, I probably would have done the same thing. Of course, he could have quit. Like the amount of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.
I do not know what to think about this one. On one hand, I am against using social media as a means of firing (stepping down) people. On the other hand, he behaved like a complete ass to others and people may connect this to Microsoft so there may be a self-interest issue on Microsoft's part.
But if there is one thing I do agree with is that either way this was a stupid move on his part.
That's an awful quick turnaround. Sounds to me like he was already on his way out.
Ok now i can consider X720 again IF its not always on.
Microsoft did the right thing, this guy was really not the right person in this role.
Unfortunately for him, that's the right choice.
Stupid is as stupid does.
lol imma buy a ps3 now #dealwithit