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“Deal with it” always-on commenter departs Microsoft – rumour

Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Adam Orth, the Microsoft Game Studios creative director whose comments regarding always-on Internet requirements sparked furious debate last week, has reportedly left the platform holder’s employ.

GameInformer got wind of Orth’s alleged departure through anonymous sources; it also rang Microsoft’s switchboard and got what it believes is confirmation.

Orth is said to have resigned, although it;s not clear whether he went voluntarily or was asked to step down.

Last week, Orth perhaps unwisely took to Twitter to suggest that people upset by rumours that the next Xbox would require an always-on Internet connection to function should just “deal with it”. He was giving his personal opinion, not making any claims about the truth of the rumours, but many of those privy to his exchanges were distressed by his arguments.

The PR storm that resulted even evinced a reaction from Microsoft, which isn’t easy.

We’re expecting to finally find out what the next Xbox console does and doesn’t require around May 21; the latest on dits deny the always-on thing, hype up Xbox Tv plans, and claim Kinect can track your eye movement.

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38 Comments

  1. Dark

    I think this is a little too much

    oh well , i guess Sweet Billy will have to deal with it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Diingo

    Every article I read about 720′s rumors make me cringe.

    And the fact that Microsoft has to deny such rumors is scary.

    Oh well, just means Microsoft is a piece of shit company. I trust Sony & Valve will lead the industry forward with their upcoming consoles.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. fearmonkey

    I feel bad for the guy, he really shouldnt have to leave or be fired for it. I think he probably was just kidding around and talking smac for the fun of it, which alot of people on twitter do. its sad to see people lose their jobs because of social media gaffs.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    Still think twitter and facebook are good ideas people?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    With all this “Always-On” “Deal with it” and etc. just made things worse for Microsoft. I completely lost interest in their next product.

    MS needs to step up and show everyone that they are serious about their next console or media product. Whatever. MS is not focused in games too much…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. slayer

    Dude’s been taken offline.#dealwithit

    #6 2 years ago
  7. drewbles82

    I guess we can all tell him to deal with it and join the back of the line for a new job

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ristas

    Great job angry internet mob.

    This is exactly the reason developers are not allowed to talk freely about their projects. Because every shit they say to their friends or as a joke is policed by a few thousand people who spend their life on the internet being angry at evil EA and Microsoft.

    You have absolutley no idea how this guy performed in his job, what he did or didn’t do. You read two sentences and just decide “Nope, this guy has to burn at the stakes”. Between this and “EA is the worst company ev0r” i really beginn to despise this hateful gaming-”community”.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. woe

    4Player mentioned this 3 days ago

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    @8 You do realize that the internet can’t actually fire anyone, right?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Ristas

    @10 He didn’t get fired because of what he said, he got fired because of the angry mob demanding his head because of what he said. It sounds dramatic, but that’s how it is.

    It wasn’t the cause, it was the effect. The fact that the effect was fucking ridiculous and utterly blown out of proportion didn’t matter.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. woe

    Neogaf were the ones who got this guy fired so blame them

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    @11 If he did get fired, he got fired by “evil” Microsoft. Not the internet.

    I didn’t see an angry mob anywhere, let alone anyone “calling” for anything. People just seemed to think he made his point like a douche.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. monkeygourmet

    @8

    Well… No…

    This guy acted like a prize ass hat…

    Not only did he make a PROLONGED attack on his companies OWN consumers, but he also choose to do so in a way that added fuel to the fire of negative rumour…

    If you serously don’t think this was a ‘please step down now, idiot’, situation, I don’t think you understand working for a power company…

    This has NOTHING to do with an army of nerds, hounding him down on twitter or any other bad press he may have recieved.

    This was his own shitty mistake, come back to bite him in the ass, nothing more, nothing less.

    We all know, you can’t run your mouth on social media these days, thats part and parcel of the fucking job. Especially in his position at MS. Im sure he can go on and learn from this, but there is no way he can keep his position after a stupid and arrogant gaff like this.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Joe_Gamer

    His careless comments has likely cost M$ dearly, if he didn’t get fired it would be more surprising. Schadenfreude at it’s finest :D

    You work for a company, you go to a public forum talking about how you work for that company and then you bring down a shitstorm of bad PR upon that company? Of course he fucking got fired lol.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gheritt White

    @8: While I agree to some extent. the guy was a fucking plum Tweeting like that. Such hubris! Of course he had an audience and as an employee of a tech company, he should have been aware of the risks. If he wants to talk personally about his job and he’s not a designated spokesperson, he should have made his Twitter account private. We all mistakes, true, and mistakes come with a cost. Schoolboy error is putting it mildly.

    @15: I think I’m just going to shut up from now on and enjoy your posts.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TD_Monstrous69

    OK, I thought his comments on “always online” were just incredibly classless and inconsiderate for not only Xbox customers, but for any consumer base in general. Though still, I don’t think he should’ve been fired, been asked to, or had to resign, regardless of my thoughts, or anyone’s thoughts on “always online” drm. All he did was state his opinion, my issue with this is more or less on how he stated it, because again, my thoughts are above. Though I still do think he deserved some reprimation for his actions, for they were truly unbecoming of any employee in the gaming and tech industry anywhere.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. SlayerGT

    A lesson kids in professionalism. Don’t go to personal social networks with your professional affairs.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. NightCrawler1970

    Very nice coverup to save company ass… first they muted him(twitter) he’s allowed to finish the last week, and boom the next week he had a choice..

    walk off or get fired…
    that will happens if ya running ya mouth…

    to minimize the damage, MS come with a coverup, that “Always-On is needed to watch “XBOX-TV”…

    i agree with @15…
    Now, my question is… if.. MS lie about “there is no Always-on” to the customer, and when a customer buy that new Xbox, and there is really “always-on” will the customer return the new Xbox and get the new PS4?

    False advertisement is agains the law, unless MS get a hard-on to have another LAW-SUIT agains them…..

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    @2

    Then you clearly didn’t read the latest story from VGleaks. All those ‘bad’ rumours will turn out to be pretty damn ok if it’s true actually.

    I bet the guy was fired/resigned because he did something that was not allowed. More or less talk about the Durango.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. zinc

    I’m hoping his dismissal involved a trapdoor & a tank full of agitated, mutated sea-bass.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. malethief

    Sorry to hear he was fired but I don’t think Microsoft wanted to have anymore bad press from the Rumors, be they fact or fiction

    #22 2 years ago
  23. YoungZer0

    @16: “We all mistakes, true, and mistakes come with a cost.”

    I think you forgot something there.

    :D

    I know my English far from perfect and I often leave out words where some should be, but I find it so funny that you made a mistake exactly in that sentence.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. redwood

    well that’s not fair.. @22 this is actually more bad press. what they need to do is announce if they have “always-on” or not… simple as that. My guess is they do :D that’s why they are neither confirming nor affirming it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Neroist

    This isn’t Adam Orth first public rant. In 2007 while working for M$ he was caught saying f@ck Halo. http://criminalcrackdown.blogspot.com/2007/09/shitdid-he-just-say-fuck-halo.html

    #25 2 years ago
  26. KrazyKraut

    @Ristas
    he was an arrogant asshole and he deserves it. Companies shouldn’t fuck with their moneys givers aka customers like this. If our company would write a statement like this…wohhoo, we could close tomorrow.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. redwood

    @25 that was epic read.. it says he was working for sony at that time

    #27 2 years ago
  28. roadkill

    Another thing I like about Microsoft is how much they care about their employees. Well done MS! Exemplary handle of the situation! :clap:

    #28 2 years ago
  29. polygem

    @25: yeah, thanks for the link, fun read :)
    but it actually really shows the attitude of this guy. pretty arrogant from what you can read there, also comparing halo to MOH, i mean wtf? vets? come on!…also jaffe…? not getting halo? lol.

    i think the guy acted like an idiot. you cannot say these things on twitter, especially not when your console is going to be revealed soon. it gives you bad press. he must know this. he is also breaching his contract by saying these things for sure. the 360 was my main console this gen. a statement like the one he made makes me instantly feel like this: Deal with it? ok, then just fuck you and then deal with it! it is a slap in the face of your customers. it is something i am not willing to take. it also helped to make sony look like the good guys, caring about games, embracing indies now etc. while ms….well…
    that statement was a terribly idiotic move.
    did he twitter that he is sorry? that he made a mistake, clarify things? i don´t know actually. he should have. not so sure if firing him now helps a lot though. i think it would have been smarter if this guy made an official statement about it plus saying sorry, then talk to him behind closed doors to make sure this will never happen again and at the same time tell him to look for a job at a different corp within this year. maybe he would learn his lesson then, which would actually help the guy a lot in the future, i mean at the the end of the day he also said ´fuck halo´ jeeez ;)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Joe Musashi

    @12 “Neogaf were the ones who got this guy fired so blame them”

    If your tin-foil hat logic is true and Neogaf do, in fact, have the power to fire Microsoft employees then you probably want to be careful about what you say about them, no?

    @18 Wise words. Totally agree.

    @8 I agree with this also.

    JM

    #30 2 years ago
  31. zinc

    I just wish Politicians were dealt with so decisively, everytime one of those inept wankers put their foot in their mouth :/

    #31 2 years ago
  32. TheBlackHole

    This guy was mates with David Jaffe.

    Should have realised at that point that he was a pillock.

    (jokes)

    #32 2 years ago
  33. silkvg247

    That’s the second news I’ve heard this week about people losing their job over a Tweet or two.

    I wonder if we’ll end up with new laws to protect people, so they can retain freedom of speech. because the way things are going, people are starting to get sacked for making an opinion public.

    Conversely, since they’re doing the equivalent of shouting out their thoughts to everyone on the planet with a gigantic megaphone, maybe it’s actually well deserved.

    I mean I am very opinionated but I don’t stand on my office chair and scream my views out to people – and anything I do post online I always try to be as inoffensive as possible, constantly thinking “they are watching me”. That isn’t paranoia, people are watching. Anyone. Anytime.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. monkeygourmet

    @Silk

    This:

    “Conversely, since they’re doing the equivalent of shouting out their thoughts to everyone on the planet with a gigantic megaphone, maybe it’s actually well deserved.”

    Someone high up in one of the biggest ‘tech’ firms in the world should know this…

    There are plaenty of ways t ‘get something off your chest’, Twitter is not the place to air your ‘dirty laundry’, unless you are about 15.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. SplatteredHouse

    The person steering the creative direction of Xbox first-party appeared to have showed complete disdain for the audience, and while at a software focused and increasingly PR dependent (even before the talk of NextBox began in earnest) Microsoft showed himself to be willfully ignorant of the reach of social media – National Press eventually, read by many, many people, it turns out.
    He got into a public spat with other industry “partners” of Microsoft’s, and then caused MS to be inclined to apologise on his behalf once his comments were picked up on, and emphasise the importance of the consumer to them, to counter harmful outburst of the former executive. I can’t say, wouldn’t want to determine the consequence of such a “misstep”, but what he did was really silly.

    @29: Breach of contracts are serious business. Talking about NDA-shattering stuff may have played a part also, you may be right.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. sh4dow

    Hahaha I really hope that he either was fired, pushed to leave or left voluntarily because of the reaction to his shitty comments.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. viralshag

    No sympathy for the guy. Why should we? Lack of professionalism can generally lead to you losing your job, what he did was exactly that.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. OlderGamer

    So, so like Twitter is bad. Mmmkay? Yea, that’s Twitter is like bad. Mmmkay.

    #38 2 years ago

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  • Borderlands creator farewells Gearbox

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  • Life is Strange Episode 3 coming next month

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  • Release dates for three Hyperdimension Neptunia games announced

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  • Mass Effect 4 survey contains info on crafting, exploration, a Horde Mode more – RUMOR

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  • GTA 5 PC: modders poking around the files find Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT textures

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  • Sony leaks: Uncharted movie similar to National Treasure but more “intense” and not as “silly”

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

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  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

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  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

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  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

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  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

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  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

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  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

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  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

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  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

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  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

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  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

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  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

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  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

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  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

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  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

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  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

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