Google Celebrates Pac-Man's 30th Birthday

Posted by at 1:42 pm on May 21, 2010

Google is marking the 30th anniversary of the 1980 arcade classic Pac-Man with a “doodle,” but its first-ever game. Google has transformed the home page of its search engine in to a game of Pac-Man. The letters in the word “Google” are the walls inside a mini version of Namco Bandai’s ¬†classic game Pac-Man.

“Google doodler Ryan Germick and I made sure to include Pac-man’s original game logic, graphics and sounds, bring back ghosts’ individual personalities, and even recreate original bugs from this 1980’s masterpiece…..PAC-MAN seems like a natural fit for the Google homepage,” Marcin Wichary, senior UX designer and developer, wrote on the company’s official blog.

Google has a long history of altering its home page doodle to mark significant anniversaries and events.   The first Google doodle was for the 1998 Burning Man Festival. The doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed.

Google Search users have only gave 48 hours to re-live the nostalgia of the 1980s by playing the game on the Google site. Just click on the “Insert coin” button and go back to the time of Regan, Cold War, Legwarmers and pioneering video games. Clicking the coin button twice allows you to play a two-player game, with one player taking the role of Miss Pac-Man, and controlling her progress using the W, A, S and D characters on the keyboard.

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