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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Adam Orth Has Left the Building

Last week, Microsoft Studios Creative Direction Adam Orth  lit up his Twitter with a string of post that can best be summed up as "Deal With It" when it comes to complaints about games requiring an always online net connection. Rumors are abuzz about the Next Xbox using the always online method and Orth's tweets did little to appease fans after problems cropped up from SimCity and Diablo III.

Microsoft issued an apology for Orth's online conduct, but refused to clarify if their next system would go the always online route. Yesterday, it was revealed that Orth has left Microsoft Studios. Did he resign by choice or was he fired? The answer to that question remains a mystery.

Like many of you, I didn't like Orth shooting his mouth off and I'm 100% against always online gaming. Sure Orth can say what he wants on his Twitter, but he still had a company to represent, even when he wasn't on company time. This all comes back to how one's action, even in their off time can have disastrous consequences in the age of social media. Whether Orth was fired or left of his own accord remains to be seen, but his departure after this fiasco speaks volumes.

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