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Adam Orth Resurfaces or, Gamespot Still Sucks
Posted on Monday, January 13 2014 @ 01:08:25 PST

Adam Orth needs and deserves no introduction beyond 'he's a jerk who said a stupid thing and it cost him his job.'  He produced a public apology which followed the Jon Corzine school of not understanding what he did wrong or why he was being made to suffer in some way for it.

Enter Gamespot's piece announcing his upcoming GDC Talk

"Former Microsoft creative director to speak about toxic online behavior at GDC 2014"

For a website which once fired a reviewer for criticizing a game they were advertising they're not at all afraid of looking like they're in the tank and completely interested to a degree which is utterly inappropriate for a journalistic outlet.  It isn't merely bad - exculpating him of any wrongdoing, which is fitting as his statements seem to indicate that he is incapable of understanding that he is guilty of any wrongdoing, while laying the blame on a vague 'other' harder than Tawana Brawley - but ludicrous.  Take the following quote:

""When Adam Orth shared his opinions about Xbox One on Twitter the backlash was so caustic he had to quit his job and move his family to avoid harassment,""*

He was being 'harassed' (a more objective account would be that he expressed provincial self-absorption in such a fashion as to provoke anger in others, doubled down on the comments when responded to, and then lost his nerve, but that's another matter) on the internet.  So he changed addresses, not e-mail addresses but physical addresses.  To address the harassment he was receiving over the internet he moved his physical self.  This passes by the journalistic pen of a Gamespot writer without an iota of comment. Is this as bad as the image of the middle Eastern woman holding two (unexpended) .223 cartridges with caption claiming they had been fired at her house?  Well, there are no false allegations of war crimes involved so there's that.

*The Gamespot piece attributes it to a GDC post but does not link to it.  I'm too lazy to find out if the post is still available.

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