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Minecraft Creator 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
    glorified popularity contest. NEXT
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  • JJ1217
    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
    He made a game like 3 years ago...
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  • virgult
    I believe the most influential person on the Internet is still Christopher Poole, by a long margin.
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  • Afrospinach
    I think those top 3 are all pretty bizarre choices.
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  • Spooderman
    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
    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.)
    Reply
  • Spooderman
    LOLWUT double post. Why the new layout?
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  • STravis
    So, what I understand is that the Time poll means nothing.
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