It's no secret that there are some serious assholes in the gaming community. If you have ever been in a Call of Duty lobby for more than 4 seconds then you, your mother, your race and your sexual orientation have probably been insulted.
However, you do not expect this shit to come from the creative director of one of the leading console creators in the world right now. Microsoft's creative director, Adam Orth, has stepped in a huge pile on Twitter yesterday. The following is the tweet that threw a huge tank of gasoline on the fire:
"Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always online' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit."
I learned two things from this tweet. 1.) The next Xbox will probably be 'Always Online' and 2.) that guy is an ass. This started an online argument (which is bound to happen when you challenge the internet). People quickly began pointing out that not everybody has a good internet connection (or any internet connection at all) in some parts of the world. Being Mr. Charming, he responded with "The mobile reception in my area is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone." and "Sometimes my electricity goes out, I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner". Wow, good ones. Comedian of the year, over here.
He apologised for "expressing his opinion" over Twitter. Which, y'know, would be fine, if he wasn't being a total dick about it. Orth then got in to a back and forth with Manheer Heir (BioWare). Manheer asked Orth whether he had learned anything from the disastrous launches of Diablo III and SimCity, both of which required always-online connections. Orth's response?
His stupid attitude towards Xbox fans (and game designers) has gotten him such a backlash that he turned his Twitter to private. That's probably the only smart thing he did yesterday.
I don't understand why this is so complicated, to be honest. People don't want a console that is always online, so why even make it? I thought this was about what the people wanted. Apparently not. It seems that Microsoft's "Creative Director" has the attitude of "Don't Like This? Tough Shit!". He has a pretty EA approach to life, perhaps he should be their creative director, instead. He'd fit in so well!
How do you feel about Mr. Orth's attitude? Let us know in the comments below.