Orth: Twitter Debacle “Turned Out To Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me"
Posted on Thursday, November 7 @ 05:54:10 PST by Alex_Osborn
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."
Four days after the big Twitter fiasco, Orth resigned from Microsoft and has since moved to Southern California to pursue work at a different company. He confessed that he made a poor decision to take such a discussion to Twitter and has learned a lot from the experience.
I exercised incredibly poor judgment expressing my personal opinion in a public forum about a volatile and divisive topic in the gaming community. I made it even worse by continuing that conversation sarcastically with a close friend. While the tone was natural and normal for us, the rest of the world heard and read something very different. It's easy now for me to see the anger, outrage and how controversial it was based on my professional position and the tone in which I delivered my opinion.In the end, Orth is able to look back on the whole mess and see some good that has come out of it. In fact, he said it "turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me." He then went on to explain the recovery process in more detail, saying:
I survived. When something this bad happens to you, you have two choices: Curl up in the fetal position and become the victim, or face the truth, learn from your mistakes with humility and move forward.Well, it's good to see some positive came out of this terrible mess in the end.
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