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Darth Bane

Miyamoto tops Time 100

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Darth Bane

Last week, popular television satirist Stephen Colbert lamented the fact that he was not topping Your Time 100, the online complement to Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list. This week, he will surely be grousing again, given that the final list shows him bested by his archnemesis, K-Pop singer Rain, who in turn was beaten by an iconic figure from the game industry.

"Time asked who you thought should be on the list of the 100 most influential people of the year," the magazine said on its official results page. "Over 200 candidates were given a rating of 1 to 100. And your #1 choice? Shigeru Miyamoto!" (Emphasis in the original.) It is the second year in which the Donkey Kong creator and Wii and DS design guru has made the online list, and last year he was also honored on its print equivalent.

The final Your Time 100 tally had Miyamoto with 1,974,651 million votes, compared with Rain's 1,555,867 votes and Colbert's 904,523. The only other game-industry figures on the list were outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates (26th with 19,452 votes and a 50 rating) and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (102nd with 11,571 votes). [uPDATE] However, the print edition of the Time 100 features Harmonix co-founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, with a tribute written by Steven Van Zandt, lead guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.


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