Pretty cool stuff happening on the Google homepage right now. In honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, Google has turned their logo into a fully functional game.
Google’s senior UX designer and developer, and second generation computer-geek, Marcin Wichary explains on the company blog:
When I was growing up, my dad had the best job I could possibly imagine: he was an arcade game and pinball technician. For me, that meant summer trips through Poland’s coastal cities with their seasonal arcade parlors; peeking inside cabinets to learn programming and engineering secrets; and–of course–free games!
One of my favorites was PAC-MAN, whose popularity transcended the geopolitical barriers of that time. During the heyday of space shooters, Toru Iwatani’s creation stood out as one of the first video games aimed at a broader audience, with a cute story of pizza-shaped character gobbling dots in a maze, colorful (literally!) characters, friendly design, very little violence and everlasting fun.
Today, on PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday, you can rediscover some of your 8-bit memories–or meet PAC-MAN for the first time–through our first-ever playable Google doodle. To play the game, go to google.com during the next 48 hours (because it’s too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the “Insert Coin” button or just wait for a few seconds.
Warning: if you plan on playing at work, turn the sound on your computer down. The Google folks didn’t skimp on effects.