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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I don't feel bad for him. I am lucky to live in a part of WV that does get high speed internet, but I know some places in this state and other states that don't, and that doesn't make them *** places to live. There are plenty of other reasons this is a *** place to live.
not surprised at all .. i don't doubt it was a forced resignation either , he basically created a PR nightmare for them i'd say and thats not good for business.
Good lord you didn't see this coming?
This event feeds upon the speculation that the next XBOX, needs to be online all the time... If it turns out be truth, I'll say goodbye to MS.
I actually am pretty surprised he got fired over this. I've seen worse PR snafus go unpunished. It makes me wonder if he was fired for unprofessional public conduct or for "indirectly confirming" always-online in the minds of the public, either because it's true so he's basically dancing on the edge of confidentiality breaches, or because it's not and now they have a PR mess to clean up over that perception.
Hope he doesn't own a gun cuz that's gotta suck losing all that m$ money...
Saw that a mile away
What an idiot
Good riddance. Considering he worked for a technology-driven company like MICROSOFT, you'd think this guy would know better than to start mouthing off via one of the most widely used forms of social media in the country.
Here's hoping the next company he works for forbids him from discussing *any* of their projects with the public since clearly he can't be trusted not to stick his foot in his mouth.
JC Denton: What a shame
Who didn't see this coming?
I hope his next job takes him to Janesville, WI or Blacksburg, VA.