Xbox Creator Shares Quote That Nearly Got Him Fired From Microsoft

If you weren't aware, Seamus Blackley was a key part of the original Xbox team, even going on to be coined the "father of the Xbox". He's one of the major reasons why Xbox got off the ground, so he's kind of a big deal around here!

However, he didn't get everything right. Earlier today, he highlighted an NSFW quote of his from back in 2001 almost got him fired from Microsoft at the time — catching attention after it appeared in the Eastside Journal:

"Gaming is like masturbation. Everybody does it, nobody wants to talk about it."

Blackley explained to Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass back in 2019 that he "got in a LOT OF TROUBLE for saying that," being "summoned to building 4" to explain his actions. He said it was intended as an argument for multiplayer gaming online, but Bill Gates and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer were not happy with him at all.

"It was an argument for multiplayer gaming online, which Xbox was a pioneer in. Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates were VERY upset at me about those comments."

Fortunately, it all worked out in the end and Blackley was able to see the Xbox project through to completion in 2001, leaving Microsoft in 2002. You'll find him still actively discussing Xbox on Twitter, and he recently made an appearance in the excellent Power On: The Story of Xbox documentary series.

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[source twitter.com, via gamespot.com]