Wednesday July 18, 2007 10:46 pm
Did Microsoft’s Jeff Bell Really Insult A Message Board User?
Answer: We don’t know. But according to a story on 1UP, there’s a strong possibility that Microsoft corporate VP of global marketing Jeff Bell sent a private message to a user on the NeoGAF forums asking, “And your contribution to society is….what?” The user who received the message goes by the name “a Master Ninja,” and as you can see in the image above, “bell801” is the user who sent the message.
a Master Ninja was extremely critical of Jeff Bell’s presentation at the Microsoft press conference last week at E3 (who wasn’t – the man was just dull. Sorry, fact of life) on the forums. After posting a thread on NeoGAF about the PM, users have found a YouTube video where Bell says that his GamerTag is “BigDaddy801,” and in an interview with TriXie of Xbox.com, Bell explains the significance of the number 801.
It could still be a sham, but a moderator at NeoGAF confirmed to 1UP that the account is registered to Jeff Bell. An official response from Microsoft has not yet been forthcoming, but this would certainly be interesting to see. We know big name developers such as David Jaffe frequent message boards and forums, but as 1UP points out, seeing an executive knock a message board poster would certainly be a new one.
More as it becomes available.
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