I briefly heard about Ville through a friend, who knew him and was impressed by all his talents. I thought he seemed like a talented fellow, but forgot all about it - until about a year later, when we actually met eye-to-eye at the university. We became friends, and obviously we nowadays know each other a little better than the average user of monkkonen.net.
I'm his wife, though, does my vote count in the poll?
Edit: Just a thought: In the light of recent events, you might think about adding "through an indie game -competition" in the poll?