It seems videogames just got a little more respect. Just a little though...
Yes, the latest issue Time magazine is a 2008 retrospective, and includes a section on notable ’08 deaths, including two influential gaming figures.
Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax got the following writeup:
A college dropout from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Gygax was one of the creators of a game that transformed popular culture... Dungeons & Dragons sold millions of copies in the 1970s and 1980s and laid the cultural groundwork for movies such as The Lord of the Rings, video games like World of Warcraft and a generation of fantasy writers and fans...
Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon prof Randy Pausch, who founded CMU's Entertainment Technology Center and is best known for his inspirational last lecture, which was later expanded into book length, received this remembrance:
He could have canceled the lecture. He was, after all, dying of pancreatic cancer. Instead, Pausch, a computer-science professor at Carnegie Mellon, delivered a wise, funny talk on the great themes: Captain Kirk, football and how to live your life. Pausch also showed us how to die: calmly, gracefully and gratefully.
And with that, two gentle souls slipped into the forever-after, and a legion of nerds whiped a tear from their collective eye.