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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Damn. I can't say I sympathize, he was a Dick about the whole thing. Just hope that tweet was worth his job.
which goes to further confirm always on (in my opinion as if it wasnt at least somewhat true the reprimand would be much LESS severe). but he was an absolute d-bag about it
This is a good what Microsoft has done. What the .... thought Orth he was to response to the consumers like that.
There is no way in hell the system will be online only for games. Is for video stuff. This is how it already is. If they make it so users cannot play their games without an internet connection the system will be DOA. Think about it... If you watch any video apps on any device, its "always online." If your net connection goes out, you can't keep watching Netflix and hulu. This is not an issue, people are taking it out of context.
ha, deal with finding a new job jackass, when you are even slightly well known, this kind of stuff has large repercussions, actually stuff like this can hurt you even if you aren't known
A well deserved termination.
I'm laughing my ass off right now and I don't know why.
Well, sucks to suck doesn't it?
yes! That dude was being a total ***-bag he should've gotten fired
He likes always online, the little ***.
What's wrong with Blacksburg, Orth? I love Blacksburg. Therefore, I don't like you.
The always-on stuff is a terrible idea also, but Microsoft seems to be making a lot of those of late.
Good, maybe he will learn to think before he opens his mouth next time.
I can't tell if this further proves the online-only nonsense or if it disproves the rumors. I just wish Microsoft would hold their event already so that way we can stop speculating over whether their system will be trash or not.
Just from his twitter picture he kinda looks like an a-hole.
Don't know if anyone realizes, but Manveer is a Bioware employee. Kind of ironic considering how much everyone hates EA.
Damn! The guy was an asshat, but I'm not sure that warrants his resignation. The potential for social networks to ruin lives is terrifying