Google Celebrates Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary

I don’t often go directly to Google’s home page, having search bars in both Chrome and Firefox. Because of this I often miss out on some of their great doodles. Today’s doodle is particularly good, so I am glad the word was spread on Buzz and that it caught my attention. As you can see in the above image, Google’s doodle is about Pac-Man.

When I first went to I was impressed. I thought, “Wow, they made the Google logo look like Pac-Man. It flashed across my mind that this might be playable, but since nothing happened initially I figured it was just a cool image. I moved onto another tab and after a brief moment I heard the Pac-Man theme music. I quickly went back to the tab and found I actually could play the game. You get three lives, and when you lose the game you get redirected to a Google search for Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary.

Evidently it has been 30 years since Pac-Man was released. Pac-Man remains one of my favorite games to this day, even amid the next-gen console games that blow it out of the water graphically and in complexity. I wonder if this is tied in to the news posted by TechCrunch that Google wants to get into gaming. With the recent acquisition of LabPixies and the new HTML 5 gaming capabilities, it is possible that more of these doodles are in the works.

Pac-Man is a great classic, and if you haven’t played it before, here’s your chance.

Update: Google made Pac-Man permanently available at Enjoy.

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