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Minecraft Creator TIME's Most Influential Person of 2013?

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Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson may be TIME's most influential person of 2013.

Gamespot reports that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson may have been voted as the second-most influential person in the world by TIME readers on its 2013 Top 100 list. He resides slightly behind Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi, who grabbed the top spot, and is ahead of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. The poll is now closed, and the final list selected by TIME editors will be revealed next Thursday, April 18.

As of this writing, Mohamed Morsi landed 173,091 "Absolutely" votes and 220,907 "No Way" votes. Notch landed 156,694 "Absolutely" votes and only 18,964 "No Way" votes. Kim Dotcom managed to land 117,283 "Absolutely" votes and 16,288 "No Way" votes. The only other candidate landing a six-digit "Absolutely" vote was Arvind Kejriwal, an Indian politician and anti-corruption activist who founded the Aam Aadmi Party.

"Vote for Markus 'Notch' Persson in the #Time100 poll. He gave us the amazing world of #Minecraft & deserves to win," Kim Dotcom said via Twitter. The Mojang Team also did the same via Twitter, asking fans to "please take a second and vote @notch in the TIME 100 People of the Year." But with the poll now closed, it's up to the TIME editors.

Other names landing on TIME's top 100 list include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Gangnam Style artist Psy, Jackie Chan, Barack Obama, Ben Affleck, David Bowie, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Peter Jackson, Bill Clinton, and George Lucas among others. It's presumed that TIME editors will pick its Top 5 candidates based on their "Absolutely" to "No Way" ratio. If that's the case, Notch may have won the poll.

Here's good proof of Notch's inspiration: a replica of Star Trek: The Next Generation's USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D at a 1:6 ratio. Minecraft is definitely squeezing out the creative juices of millions.

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    eklipz330 , April 12, 2013 7:35 PM
    glorified popularity contest. NEXT
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    eklipz330 , April 12, 2013 7:35 PM
    glorified popularity contest. NEXT
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    JJ1217 , April 12, 2013 7:57 PM
    Don't really know anything about this TIME Top 100 list, but isn't this a bit late? He should've gotten it in 2010, the hype for minecraft is really over now in 2013.
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    ewok93 , April 12, 2013 11:15 PM
    He made a game like 3 years ago...
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    virgult , April 13, 2013 2:07 AM
    I believe the most influential person on the Internet is still Christopher Poole, by a long margin.
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    Afrospinach , April 13, 2013 4:28 AM
    I think those top 3 are all pretty bizarre choices.
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    Spooderman , April 13, 2013 6:13 AM
    I understand about the game being old, but here's how it was in school for the kids and me (target of the game). I played the game and thought it was awesome back in alpha, but very few kids played it. They would make fun of me saying that the graphics sucked(which was ironic because they played on the xbox360 at the time it came out) and that it was boring. All they ever did was play CoD and crap. Now, many kids play it , indluding the "popular" crowd and the kids that thought it was dumb now think it is cool(making the general player crowd in Minecraft slightly stupider.)
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    Spooderman , April 13, 2013 6:13 AM
    I understand about the game being old, but here's how it was in school for the kids and me (target of the game). I played the game and thought it was awesome back in alpha, but very few kids played it. They would make fun of me saying that the graphics sucked(which was ironic because they played on the xbox360 at the time it came out) and that it was boring. All they ever did was play CoD and crap. Now, many kids play it , indluding the "popular" crowd and the kids that thought it was dumb now think it is cool(making the general player crowd in Minecraft slightly stupider.)
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    Spooderman , April 13, 2013 6:14 AM
    LOLWUT double post. Why the new layout?
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    STravis , April 13, 2013 2:38 PM
    So, what I understand is that the Time poll means nothing.
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    slomo4sho , April 14, 2013 3:00 AM
    People still read Time magazine?
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    thizzle7xu , April 14, 2013 7:51 AM
    They will pick Morsi because it's the politically correct "sexy" choice since he is a figurehead of the Muslim religion. And the US media is still in "don't make Muslims feel bad" mode since 9/11.
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    pliskin1 , April 14, 2013 9:25 PM
    I voted for Notch, granted he should've been in a previous years poll. I think it goes beyond Minecrafts popularity, it shows that you don't need to be an AAA studio to have a great product, and really opened up the Indie scene to people.
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    dalethepcman , April 15, 2013 10:16 AM
    I am interested in reading the Time article just to see what they say about KimDotCom. As for voting Notch most influential person of the year, i'm not really sure he fit's the bill, but Kudos to him.
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