Forums - Microsoft Discussion - Following Twitter Tirade, Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth No Longer With Microsoft

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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Now he can enjoy being always on the unemployment line.

congratulations people because he told some guy to "deal with it" on twitter the guy lost his job, and his career is fucked up. im sure his family thinks this guy got what he deserves and is very happy with the situation. what a jerk...

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He messed up, but firing him seems too cruel. Hopefully getting another job won't be hard for him.

Let me get this straight.

A guy jokes with a buddy on twitter.

Fanboys go ape shit.

He explains it was in jest.

Fanboys continue to go ape shit.

He get's fired because fanboys went ape shit.

Fanboys will continue to go ape shit.



His life and the world would be a lot better if everyone would just ignore stupid fanboys and their stupid fanboy rants.

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kain_kusanagi said:
Let me get this straight.

A guy jokes with a buddy on twitter.

Fanboys go ape shit.

He explains it was in jest.

Fanboys continue to go ape shit.

He get's fired because fanboys went ape shit.

Fanboys will continue to go ape shit.



His life and the world would be a lot better if everyone would just ignore stupid fanboys and their stupid fanboy rants.

i mean who cares if the guy is married or not? or if he has kids right? he said something on twitter. he should be put in prison



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kain_kusanagi said:
Let me get this straight.

A guy jokes with a buddy on twitter.

Fanboys go ape shit.

He explains it was in jest.

Fanboys continue to go ape shit.

He get's fired because fanboys went ape shit.

Fanboys will continue to go ape shit.



His life and the world would be a lot better if everyone would just ignore stupid fanboys and their stupid fanboy rants.

unfortunatley the internet loves to overreact 



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He got fired because he showed poor judgment that's it, can't do that shit when you have a senior position at a major company

I was wondering when this would show up

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kain_kusanagi said:
Let me get this straight.

A guy jokes with a buddy on twitter.

Fanboys go ape shit.

He explains it was in jest.

Fanboys continue to go ape shit.

He get's fired because fanboys went ape shit.

Fanboys will continue to go ape shit.



His life and the world would be a lot better if everyone would just ignore stupid fanboys and their stupid fanboy rants.

Pretty much.  Still this isn't the first person to get fired because they put something stupid up on a social website.  And when you are Microsoft and everybody always has an eye on you and then one of your employees makes the company look bad and insults customers (Whether it be a joke or not) they have to do something about it.  It sucks but it is business. Hopefully he will find another job soon.


I do agree with users saying people over reacted though.  People need to relax a little bit.



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