Microsoft's Adam Orth Gone Following Twitter Outburst

Paul Lilly

Foot-in-mouth disease got the better of Adam Orth.

Today's lesson is to think before you speak, whether it's in person or especially in social media where your words are essentially carved in virtual stone. Lest anyone need reminded of this, just look at how things played out for Adam Orth, now a former creative director at Microsoft Studios. Less than a week after trolling potential Xbox 720 customers on Twitter about always-on consoles and telling them to #dealwithit, Orth is reportedly out of a job and will have to deal with finding employment.

Unidentified "sources close to the matter" told Game Informer that Orth is no longer with Microsoft, which the site says it confirmed with a call to Microsoft's switchboard. The sources say Orth resigned in the wake of his Twitter tirade, though it's not immediately clear if he stepped down voluntarily or was otherwise shown the door.

Orth found himself in hot water after choosing to defend the concept of an always-on console in a snarky manner. What ultimately cost him his job wasn't the fact that he wants every device to be always-on, as he stated in a Twitter post, but that he defended his position by talking down to other Twitter users.

"Those people should definitely get with the times and get the Internet. It's awesome," Orth stated in a Twitter post responding to a comment pointing out that a console requiring an always-on connection would screw users who have no access to the Internet or live in places where the Internet is spotty.

His series of condescending tweets, which he himself later dismissed as trolling, prompted Microsoft to issue an apology. The Redmond outfit said that Orth's "personal views are not reflective of those of the company," though it stopped short of squashing the always-on rumors that continue to run rampant on the web.

What's your opinion on this? Has justice been served, or is a forced resignation (if that's what indeed took place) too harsh?

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