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Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby amsroks » Sat May 22, 2010 12:28 am

Pacman turns 30 so happy birthday :D
If you go onto google today they have a pacman game around the google logo!!!
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Re: Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby amsroks » Sat May 22, 2010 12:30 am

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Saturday is the 30th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man, and to commemorate the occasion, Google is rolling out its first-ever truly interactive and playable home page logo, a fully-functional version of the iconic 1980s video game.
For years, Google has produced its so-called doodles for all kinds of holidays and special occasions, from Valentine's Day to the Fourth of July to Mother's Day and many others. In each case, the Google Doodle team works on a special logo that appears on the search engine's home page.

But a few months ago, when the team discovered that May 22 would be the 30th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man in Japan--it was actually called Puck Man, but that name was rejected in the United States because of the propensity of the "P" to chip and look like an "F"--they knew they had to do something extra special.
"When we became aware of the...anniversary," said Ryan Germick, a member of the Google Doodle team, "we thought it would be awesome to create not only something that references Pac-Man on the home page, but also something playable."
Until now, the most interactive of the logos had been one last Halloween that users could click to see more candy, and another for Isaac Newton's birthday that dropped apples. But for the Pac-Man celebration (see video below), Google has pulled out all the stops and has built, from scratch, a fully-playable version of the game, complete with 255 levels and re-created (but authentic) sounds and graphics. And unlike most of the special logos, which disappear off the home page--but are available in perpetuity in the archives--when the day is over, the Pac-Man doodle will stay up for 48 hours.
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Re: Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby eoinzy » Mon May 24, 2010 3:45 pm

ye i saw this yesterday.

You know you can also play 2 player? i think ya click the insert coins button twice and Ms Pacman pops up too! you use W, A S, and D to control the 2nd one.

google.com/pacman :D
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Re: Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby amsroks » Mon May 24, 2010 6:39 pm

Apparently over a billion people played pacman over the last 3 days!!!
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Re: Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby eoinzy » Mon May 24, 2010 7:44 pm

ye, a good few ppl visit google everyday!! :p
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Re: Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby eoinzy » Fri May 28, 2010 12:21 pm

Google Pac-Man doodle 'cost economy $120m'

Animated Google logo designed to mark Pac-Man's 30th birthday caused millions of dollars in lost productivity, according to one analyst.

The launch of Google's animated Pac-Man doodle last Friday led to almost five million wasted hours and cost the economy around $120m, according to Tony Wright, founder of Rescue Time, a tool that enables businesses to measure how time and attention is being spent.

He estimated that Google had around 505 million unique users on the day the Pac-Man Google Doodle went live, and that the game consumed 4,819,352 hours of employee time, costing the economy an estimated $120,483,800.

"For that same cost, you could hire all 19,385 Google employees," wrote Wright in a blog post.

"That includes Larry and Sergey, right down to the janitors. You could hire them for six weeks – imagine what you could build with that army of manpower."

Internet users were delighted to discover the animated Pac-Man doodle on Google's home page last Friday.

The doodle, which marked the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man's release, was Google's first interactive logo.

Web users could play the game by clicking "Insert coin".

Clicking the "Insert coin" button twice allowed players to participate in a two-player game, with one of the Pac-Men controlled using the arrow keys on the keyboard, and the other, by clicking W, S, A and D.

The game remained online for 48 hours before the Google doodle reverted to the usual logo.

Marissa Mayer, vice president of user experience at Google, said the company had been "overwhelmed, but not surprised" by the reception given to the Pac-Man doodle.

"Due to popular demand, we're making it permanently available at google.com/pacman," she said
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Re: Happy Birthday Pacman

Postby kane321 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:40 pm

I'm so simple-minded that I was thrilled to be able to play Pac-Man today on the Google home page. Anything more complicated than that, Pong or Space Invaders is beyond me.
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