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Microsoft apologizes for creative developer’s Twitter comments

Microsoft has released an official apology regarding the biting comments made by creative director Adam Orth, who sparked internet infamy in the gaming sector with his defense of the Xbox 720's hotly debated "always online" function.

Microsoft creative director Adam Orth recently became a source of internet infamy by defending the Xbox 720's hotly contested "always online" rumor, and the dev even went so far as to argue his points and to mock anyone who disagreed with him.

Orth displayed his personal opinion on the "always-online" rumor with a series of wry and sarcastic comments via Twitter, and proceeded to argue against anyone who disagreed. In his comments Orth was prone to mocking users and gamers for their arguments–something that is very unbecoming of any Microsoft employee.

Microsoft has since released an official statement that apologizes for Adam Orth's comments:

"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday.

This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.  

We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter." (April 5, 2013)

Regardless of the apology, the damage seems to have been done and gamers are definitely edgy and distrusting of Microsoft's approach with the new Xbox.

The online only rumor still spreads like wildfire as Microsoft has not yet disconfirmed it–not even in their apology statement–making gamers think twice about the Xbox 720 as a whole.

Many distraught and frustrated gamers have made their opinions quite clear on the Xbox 720's rumored "online only" function with overwhelming disdain, and many feel that the new requirement will change console gaming for the worse.

With the recent online battles, Orth has inadvertently led more gamers to embrace Sony's next-gen contender, and has damaged the public opinion of the console and the integrity of Microsoft's employees in one fell swoop.

Since the debacle, Adam Orth's Twitter feed has been set to private.

Via Major Nelson's Blog

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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