Archive | April 6, 2013

Microsoft creative director doesn’t get the ‘drama’ around an always-online Xbox

Update: Microsoft has commented on Adam Orth’s comments. In Aion Kinah Kaufen a statement issued to GameSpot, a Microsoft spokesperson said “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.”

Original Story: Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth has argued against the “drama” surrounding the concept of games consoles requiring an always-on Internet connection.

Speaking on his personal Twitter account (now private), Orth argued “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. #dealwithit”.

Orth joined Microsoft in 2012 as a creative director on a currently unannounced project. He’s previously worked on God of War 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, and on the Medal of Honor series at EA.

“Did you learn nothing from Diablo III or SimCity? You know some people’s Internet goes out right? Deal with it is a sh***y reason,” replied BioWare gameplay designer Manveer Heir.

“Electricity goes out too,” said Orth in response.

“The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone,” Orth said as a joke.

While Orth later apologised for his comments, the debate arrives off the back of another prominent report that says Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox will require a permanent connection to the Internet to load games, and that all games will be suspended if the console stays offline for more than three minutes.

“Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active Internet connection to be used,” said the source about the next Xbox.

During the announcement of the PlayStation 4, Sony were quick to assert that their next PlayStation would not feature an always-online requirement.

Both Sony and Microsoft have explored ways to use a connected Internet connection to block pre-owned games in the past.


Secretary of State John Kerry’s Travel to Istanbul, Jerusalem, Ramallah, London, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing

Secretary Kerry will travel to Istanbul, Turkey on April 6, where he will meet with senior Turkish officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues, including the crisis in Syria and regional peace and security.

On April 7-9, Secretary Kerry will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah. In Jerusalem, he will meet with Israeli leaders, and in Ramallah he will meet with the Palestinian leadership. These meetings are to follow-up on last month’s discussions as we continue to assess how best we can support the parties in getting back to the table and in having dialogue leading to peace. We remain committed to working with the parties to achieve a lasting peace through direct negotiations.

Secretary Kerry will then travel to London, United Kingdom, from April 10-11 for the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting. While there, he will meet with his counterparts to discuss a range of country-specific, regional, and transnational topics.

Secretary Kerry will travel to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan from April 12-15 to meet with his counterparts. He will discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral issues, reaffirming the Administration’s commitment to further broaden and enhance U.S. economic, security, and strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region. The Secretary will arrive in Seoul on April 12, continue on to Beijing on April 13, and travel to Tokyo on April 14.