People who have a problem with “always-on” functionality need to get over it, according to Microsoft Game Studios creative director Adam Orth.

Orth took to Twitter today to express his views on Internet connection requirements for games, which upset some given the rumours that the next Xbox will require an Internet connection to function.

Here is the resulting back-and-forth (Orth’s Twitter account is now protected, but some of his tweets are up on NeoGAF and Reddit):

Orth: 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

I want every device to be ‘always on’.

Random guy: Off the top of my head I know 5 people who own 360's who currently have no access to the internet. They would be screwed

Orth: Those people should definitely get with the times and get the internet. It's awesome.

BioWare designer Manveer Heir: Did you learn nothing from Diablo III or SimCity? You know some people’s internet goes out right? Deal with it is a shitty reason.

Orth: Electricity goes out, too.

Heir: You lived in LA, SF, Seattle… very connected places. Try living in Janesville, WI or Blacksburg, VA… You should move to a NON-CITY for a period of time and tell me how your attitudes change. Gamers live in non urban areas too.

Orth: Why on earth would I live there?

Sorry for expressing my personal opinion about what I want from the electronic devices that I pay for on Twitter. Jesus.

The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone.

Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner.

Random guy 2: Vacuum cleaners require electricity to function. Games do not require online.

Orth: I think you probably meant to say "some games do not require online". Saying that games do not require online isn't accurate at all.

This has been a fun #lunch break.