@gladspooky: The only way you can be more hipster is if you said "I liked Bioshock back when it was called System Shock 1".
Yeah, I get a lot of play at the indie rock festivals with my old PC gamer cred. The fuck are people even talking about anymore? And no, I've never played System Shock. I don't generally like scripted event fests.
@damswedon: Aren't these yearly lists? If so, then it isn't about what has been done, but what is been doing and is about to be done in 2012. And Bioshock Infinite is looking to have major impact on 2012.
Another linear, tunnel-vision first-person shooter? Yeah, it's breaking all sorts of paradigms.
Must have been a dull year for him to be nominated for most influential before he released Bioshock Infinite. Or people can feel the influential sting of the future, which in that case, he should be number 1 for breaking the laws of time.