Orth: Twitter Debacle “Turned Out To Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me"

GR: Remember Adam Orth? You know, the former Microsoft employee who caused quite a stir on Twitter with his comments regarding Xbox One's alleged DRM? Remember #DealWithIt? Yeah, he's that guy.

During a talk at GDC Next, Orth spoke about the entire debacle, saying that the experience was particularly difficult, as "reliving it again wasn't something I wanted to put myself through." Despite this, he decided to address the situation at this event. "My colleagues, friends and family urged me to do it, though, hoping that I could find closure and maybe I could get even a single person to see what someone endures when they becomes the target of internet hate... and that person may choose empathy over negativity next time."

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solidjun51598d ago

haha. I see what you did there. XD

slimeybrainboy1598d ago

It doesnt take Albert Newton with a telescope to figure out what he did.

Nice avatar, where'd you get it bigman.

solidjun51598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

"It doesnt take Albert Newton with a telescope to figure out what he did. "

I'm well aware of that. I was being facetious. It's my mistake. It's hard sometimes to convey that in a comment section. I guess that's why I got all those disagrees. I figure people would pick up on the "XD" part. Oh well. My bad.

"Nice avatar, where'd you get it bigman."
Interweb Krane. :)

MasterCornholio1598d ago


At first I didn't believe him but when Done Mattrick broke the news about their DRM policies I felt bad for the poor guy.

Nexus 7 2013

pompombrum1598d ago

#dealtwithit indeed!

His initial views show just how disturbingly out of touch with the world he actually was, his "#dealwithit" just made it much much worse. When you're a senior figure in a company as large as Microsoft's, openly combining ignorance and arrogance is about as stupid as you can get.

badz1491598d ago

I bet it is! how many people here can claim they have their own meme? I can think of only Jackie Chan, Nicholas Cage, Yao Ming and Neil Patrick Harris and I doubt these guys are here!

totally worth it!

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majiebeast1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

New job in South California he says. Hmmm i wonder...

Orth: Mission succesful coming home.
Yosp: Job well done there is a position waiting for you in Santa Monica.
Orth: Thank you.
Yosp: My master plan is coming together perfectly muhahaha

ravinash1598d ago

Darth Sidious voice - Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

MightyNoX1598d ago

Attaboy Orthy. Make lemonade.

moparful991598d ago

I'm glad he was able to man up and admit his mistakes but then I read this line.

"There were times when I wanted to strike out at these animals and humiliate them, hurt them back twice as hard"

That pretty much sums up why he was even in the position to begin with.. He's a spiteful human being with no regards for anyone elses opinion but demands people respect his opinions.

I don't feel sorry for someone that maintains attitudes like this and it's a common occurrence amongst Microsoft mouthpieces..

NoLongerHereCBA1598d ago (Edited 1598d ago )

+ "especially when [harassment] was directed at my child. But I resisted."

Don't leave out an important part. It is quite logical that someone would have such an opinion.

People furthermore take everything that is being said way to literally lately regarding the gaming industry which is why big things happen over tiny bits of information, that actually shouldn't be such a big deal.

I am happy for this guy, that it eventually worked out for him and changed him for the better.

moparful991598d ago

@vaizard and septic I read that part and didn't included it because I was highlighting his behavior.. We don't know the nature of the remarks towards his kids or even if there were any so I wont comment on them. All I do know is that his comments and remarks belied a bitter human being and the fact that he was able to move on and make positive life changes is the key. But when you are in the public space you just don't behave the way he had, a behavior that is common amongst Microsoft execs..

Septic1598d ago

Yeah you left out the important bit. Why is that?

LordMaim1598d ago

Or it is indicative of the level of discourse on the internet that he felt the need to sink to their level.

"He's a spiteful human being with no regards for anyone elses opinion but demands people respect his opinions."

You've just described the bulk of internet commentators.

patsrule3161598d ago

I can guarantee you that he was getting anonymous cowards on the internet telling him he should die, he should be raped, his child should die, his child should be raped, etc. I am not saying everybody who wrote to him did that, but some did, and those people should be referred to as animals. There are people on the internet who really lose control and spew the most incomprehensible, vitriolic venom. You don't have to like or agree with what he said, but he didn't deserve the worst of what he got.

NoLongerHereCBA1598d ago

Couldn't agree more. Some people are really pathetic. Games are supposed to give people joy and entertainment, not this shit.

Can't wait till both consoles have been released and we can just talk about games/gameplay again.

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