Seamus Blackley, who is famous for creating Xbox, is making headlines for a controversial statement he made… in 2001. It appears that Blackley almost lost his job nearly 21 years ago when he compared playing video games to masturbation.
On January 20th, a Twitter user quoted Bloomberg‘s Dina Bass when they said, “@dinabass: ‘Gaming is like masturbation. Everybody does it, nobody wants to talk about it.'” In response to this post, Bass explained that she was quoting Seamus Blackley, who reportedly made this remark to her in the fall of 2001. Blackley then retweeted Bass, explaining that this quote almost got him fired from Microsoft when he made the comment in 2001.
Blackley went into greater detail later. He commented, “some conservative spouses of executives read it and… I was summoned to building 4 shall we say.” Previously, Blackley revealed that he got in “a lot of trouble” for his comments and that “Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates were VERY upset.”