Who is Rob Pardo? Well, for 6 million gamers he is the Kronos of World of Warcraft -- the lead designer for the MMO that broke through the barrier to mainstream attention. According to the TIME article "Pardo didn't invent this kind of game ... he merely perfected it." Crediting his team for "generating from scratch history, geography, anthropology and ecology of a fully realized fantasy world spread over two continents," the article quips that if the game gets any more popular, "it may be up for a seat in the U.N."
Congratulations to the entire Blizzard team on receiving the honor, and on garnering some good exposure to the games industry. And a big congratulations to Rob Pardo's spiffy mug shot.