Friday, April 12, 2013

Adam Orth is a bag of dicks

And possibly a poo head, but the jury is still out on that. So, who is Adam Orth and why is he comparable to a bag of male reproductive organs? Well, until recently, Orth was an employee at Microsoft, working as a creative director at Microsoft Studio. I say "until recently" because he resigned the other day in the aftermath of a rather sizable clusterfuck surrounding his rather cavalier response to concern and opposition to a rumor that the next iteration of the Xbox will have an "always on" feature that would require the console to be connected to the internet 24/7 in order to play any games on it. In other words, if the rumor turns out to be true, Microsoft looked at the clusterfuck created by SimCity's release and its "always on" requirement, and said "shit, that looks like a great idea, let's do that!" The problem with an "always on" feature is that not everybody has the internet or can get a reliable, fast connection without shelling out substantial amounts of cash. People who live in rural areas, for example. In any case, Orth took to Twitter to respond, which you can see below (via The Wertzone).

 Oh, but wait, it gets better. Below, you can see Orth's elitism shine (via Nerd Reactor).

"Why would I live there?" Hurr durr. Not everybody can live in Seattle or Redmond and I imagine that there are a lot of people who live in rural areas who feel the same way about urban living. Where you choose to live does not make you better than others.

The fact of the matter is that according to the 2010 census and (probably) Skynet, rural Americans make up 15% of the U.S.'s population of 315 million, which is about 50.4 million people. Not a number that can be easily disregarded and that is just in the U.S., just imagine what the global rural population is and whether it is any easier for them to have a constant internet connection. I would strongly doubt it.

As already mentioned, Mr. Orth's snobbishness elicited a reaction that he probably was not expecting and in the resulting backlash, he resigned. Then Microsoft distanced themselves from his comments like he had made a really, really racist joke. I guess the lesson here would be to think before you leap or shove your foot in your mouth.

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