TIME Makes Everybody Lose "The Game"

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TIME Makes Everybody Lose "The Game"

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Earlier today, TIME declared 4chan founder moot the most influential person of 2009. That wasn't all they declared, though: The Top 100 list contains a secret message, and if you found it, well, you just lost The Game.

Of the 100 most influential people (as voted on by the Internet), here are the top 21:

01.) moot
02.) Anwar Ibrahim
03.) Rick Warren
04.) Baitullah Mehsud
05.) Larry Brilliant
06.) Eric Holder
07.) Carlos Slim
08.) Angela Merkel
09.) Kobe Bryant
10.) Evo Morales
11.) Alexander Lebedev
12.) Lil' Wayne
13.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
14.) Odell Barnes
15.) Tina Fey
16.) Hu Jintao
17.) Eric Cantor
18.) Gamel Mubarak
19.) Ali al-Naimi
20.) Muqtada al-Sadr
21.) Elizabeth Warren

Now, the founder of 4chan taking the first spot is kind of suspect, but so is the rest of the list: Really, Kobe Bryant and Lil' Wayne more influential than megapopular President Barack Obama or former Vice President nominee Sarah Palin? There are some people who shouldn't be in the top 20 who are, and some who should be but aren't. But you know what? That's okay, and as TIME Managing Editor Josh Tyrangiel points out, since it's an Internet poll, "Doubting the results is kind of the point."

But let's look at this one more time. Read the first letters of all the names on the list downward. It spells something:

"mARBLE CAKE ALSO THE GAME"

If it were just "Marble Cake," then y'know what? I'd be inclined to chalk it up to a coincidence. But "The Game" - a notorious Internet meme with a time-honored pastime of reminding people about it when they least expect it? That's a bit harder to swallow.

Considering 4chan's obvious involvement in the whole thing, it feels a bit fishy. Also, it feels kind of hilarious: Has TIME - and consequently its international reader base - been pranked?

(For the record, I've been enjoying playing The Contest lately. If you think about The Contest, you win!)

(Thanks, DJPirtu!)

Update: They sure have. (Thanks, Miral and Mythnomer!)

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Right, we should probably be on our guard. If they're doing this sort of thing who's to say they won't raid any news forum or news station that's posting these stories?

Trivun:
Right, we should probably be on our guard. If they're doing this sort of thing who's to say they won't raid any news forum or news station that's posting these stories?

TAKE COVER, THE INTERNET IS NOT SAFE!

I will find it doubly funny when real news networks(no offense guys in the news room here) pick up this story and do whole peaces about 4chan because they have no idea who moot is of why they keep getting calls telling them they lost.

Didn't that Hitler guy do a story on this weeks ago? Also, what does "Marble cake also the game" mean exactly?

The infamous SCAMola:
Didn't that Hitler guy do a story on this weeks ago? Also, what does "Marble cake also the game" mean exactly?

I second that, what the shit is this?

The infamous SCAMola:
Didn't that Hitler guy do a story on this weeks ago? Also, what does "Marble cake also the game" mean exactly?

it means you lose, sorry couldn't resist.

I have no idea about the marble cake part but the game is a game where if you think about the game you lose, wrap your head around that!

CantFaketheFunk:

(For the record, I've been enjoying playing The Contest lately. If you think about The Contest, you win!)

This is awesome! Where did it start, or did you just make it up?

lol 2 news threads about this

Since the cake is a lie...does that mean that the game is also a lie?!

Nimbus:

CantFaketheFunk:

(For the record, I've been enjoying playing The Contest lately. If you think about The Contest, you win!)

This is awesome! Where did it start, or did you just make it up?

A friend and I started it a few years back at college. I've been playing it ever since.

"I just lost The Game. ... but I won The Contest!"

I am geniunely impressed at that feat, first Rick Astley winning best act ever by a billion votes and now this, touche /b/

Seriously full of retards though, the less time you spend on 4chan the better.

I never even heard of any of those people or "The Game". Oh well.

Watch out, the Internet is about to blow!!!!

*Klaxons blare*

Seriously I dont play the game anymore. Pointless.

I recognise 'Cake' from Portal, but isn't the game a movie with Micheal Douglas in it?

.........AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH
I just, this being the fifth time TODAY.......
http://www.blagman.co.uk/uploaded_images/DSCF0237-757650.JPG

I think its great that something as pretentious as the TIME list of the most influencial people has been subverted.

/b/ genius.

The infamous SCAMola:
Didn't that Hitler guy do a story on this weeks ago? Also, what does "Marble cake also the game" mean exactly?

black lincon:

The infamous SCAMola:
Didn't that Hitler guy do a story on this weeks ago? Also, what does "Marble cake also the game" mean exactly?

it means you lose, sorry couldn't resist.

I have no idea about the marble cake part but the game is a game where if you think about the game you lose, wrap your head around that!

NoMoreSanity:

The infamous SCAMola:
Didn't that Hitler guy do a story on this weeks ago? Also, what does "Marble cake also the game" mean exactly?

I second that, what the shit is this?

My understanding is that "Marblecake" was the name of the IRC where people from /b/ came up with their thing against Scientology. Also, this isn't the first time they've manipulated a list to have the first letters spell out "Marblecake also the game".

Dang, ninja'd by orannis.

This was actually organized by a group of hackers that started out on, where else, 4chan.

It's actually pretty cool how they did that. there's a link somewhere in the other news article about this poll that went up earlier today.

Thanks for making me lose the game for the 900th time.

Thanks for making me win the contest for the 900th time.

Good thing I was never playing :D
By the way, THE GAME

Damm it, You made me lose the game for the third time today :( Oh well, Now I get my 1 hour grace period/time to teach my roomie exactly what the game is. ALSO: Wasn't one of the rules of the game that whenever you lost the game you had to say that you lose the game, thus causing a symphony of curses and game losses?

Son of a bitch!! I lost AGAIN!

Dammit, Funk! You made me lose.

Now I gotta start all over again.

This "The Game" thing is the most pointless, retarded thing I have ever had the displeasure to hear of.

Edit: Stupidity on my part. Apologies.

I cannot unsee.

ThaBenMan:
This "The Game" thing is the most pointless, retarded thing I have ever had the displeasure to hear of.

That's the point.

The 4Chan creator got voted number one and manipulated the votes using brainwashing. I am outraged not because i care but because everybody else on escapist seems to hate 4Chan to death and as a sheep i shall follow that motherfucking heard. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

Mstrswrd:
Isn't this on the site already? By Andy Chalk? As in the link below.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/91261-4chan-Founder-Wins-Time-100-Poll

Anyway, you did point out some interesting info (the game thing), which is probably not a coincidence.

He covered the win. I linked to it.

I covered the secret message.

CantFaketheFunk:

Mstrswrd:
Isn't this on the site already? By Andy Chalk? As in the link below.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/91261-4chan-Founder-Wins-Time-100-Poll

Anyway, you did point out some interesting info (the game thing), which is probably not a coincidence.

He covered the win. I linked to it.

I covered the secret message.

You are correct, good sir. Sorry. I'm a little out of it right now, what-with finals week and no sleep (and I don't use energy drinks, so I don' even have that to fall back on).

Okay internet, that is awesome! Go you.

And I lost the game. Double whammy.

Sometimes, people from the internet just join up and pull some pretty creative and cool stuff. It's hard to mock this.

I'm sorry but I hate the game it's just another pointless fad that my generation seems to love so much for no reason like texting or rap.

CantFaketheFunk:
Considering 4chan's obvious involvement in the whole thing, it feels a bit fishy. Also, it feels kind of hilarious: Has TIME - and consequently its international reader base - been pranked?

Yes. Yes they have. (Thanks to Mythnomer for the link.)

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