"Always-online" tweeter Orth giving speech at GDC Next

Former Microsoft creative director to give talk that explores "toxic online behavior" and why he left the Xbox maker.


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Adam Orth--who resigned from Microsoft following his controversial "always-online" and "deal with it" comments--will give a presentation on "toxic online behavior" at GDC Next, event organizers have announced.

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Orth, a former Microsoft creative director who now runs his own Orthnation consultancy firm, will give a talk titled "Mob Rules: The Destructive Power of Opinion and Online Community."

During the course of his talk, Orth will provide insight into why he left Microsoft and discuss how he believes the game business can "inspire developers as a community to rebuild the foundation of online and community through positive academic, communal, and mechanical revolution."

Speaking on Twitter in April, Orth made headlines after saying, "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in." He then used the hashtag "#dealwithit."

Orth continued, saying that people should "definitely get with the times and get the internet" and that "I want every device to be 'always on.'"

His comments came before Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One and revealed a new policy that requires users connect to the Internet once per day.

GDC Next takes place November 5-7, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Other game companies speaking at the event include thatgamecompany, Disney, and Google.

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