Google Celebrates Pac-Man's 30th with a Playable Logo
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May 21, 2010

Google Celebrates Pac-Man's 30th with a Playable Logo


Did you happen to hear the familiar bleep-bloop sound of childhood gaming memories coming from a computer today? Then perhaps you were like me and once spent too much time playing it, and what you heard could have been someone playing with Googles newest logo.

That game is Pac-Man and it's featured in a playable Google Doodle for the next 48 hours on the Google homepage.



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Everyone is celebrating the video game legend's 30th birthday today (and yesterda), and Google's contribution was this playable Google Doodle.



To give it a try, simply go to Google.com and press the "Insert Coin" button, (or wait just wait for game to start). If you hit "Insert Coin" gain, Ms. Pac-Man joins in and a friend can play along using the W.A.S.D keys.



Google went to great lengths to recreate the original Pac-Man experience, glitches and all, according to senior UX designer and developer Marcin Wichary:



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.


In its efforts to recreate the original, Google went so far as to include 255 playable levels, with the game glitching out on the 256th - just as it did in the original game.



Take a look at the game or go give it a shot for yourself.




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