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MacRumors
May 21, 2010, 11:32 AM
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In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man), Google has released a playable Pac-Man game "doodle" on their front page (http://www.google.com/) in place of their traditional logo.


http://images.macrumors.com/article/2010/05/21/123128-google_pacman_500.png


Written in Javascript, the game is playable on iPhone OS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) using swipe gestures. iPhone and iPod Touch users may need to switch over to "classic" from "mobile" (located at the bottom of the site).

Article Link: Google PacMan 'Doodle' Playable on iPhone OS (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2010/05/21/google-pacman-doodle-playable-on-iphone-os/)



NiteWaves77
May 21, 2010, 11:49 AM
The trinket is written in Javascript, but uses Flash to handle audio. That's why you don't hear any sound from the game on iDevices.

Trius
May 21, 2010, 11:58 AM
Congratulations Google!
You just managed to halt all productivity everywhere today.

douglaswilliams
May 21, 2010, 12:06 PM
Oh man, I've been playing all morning. I'm glad the gov't doesn't block Google!

...now I feel bad for wasting your tax dollars. Okay, I won't play any more. Back to work.

Okay, just kidding. I only played one game.

SkippyThorson
May 21, 2010, 12:14 PM
Oh man, I've been playing all morning. I'm glad the gov't doesn't block Google!

...now I feel bad for wasting your tax dollars. Okay, I won't play any more. Back to work.

I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

Small White Car
May 21, 2010, 12:19 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.


So you never post here from your work?

rdowns
May 21, 2010, 12:22 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.


buzz kill

bassjunky
May 21, 2010, 12:26 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

Dude, it's Friday, lighten the **** up.

roland.g
May 21, 2010, 12:35 PM
In all their recent acquisitions, did Google purchase MacRumors?

I'm just saying's all.

macfan881
May 21, 2010, 12:58 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

dude you seriously need a sense of HUMOR.:D

autrefois
May 21, 2010, 01:12 PM
Very cool that not only did Google do the Pac-Man tribute thing, but that they got it to work on the iPhone (which was of course no accident).

The no-sound thing is interesting, though. Maybe Google is trying to convince Apple to support Flash at least for sound? :confused::D

NewSc2
May 21, 2010, 01:18 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

Yes, government employees need to all have no lives and be nonautonomous machines. Work, slave, work!

I'm sure "efficient" private companies have employees that post here online during work (like me, right now), and check the news, latest scores, have NCAA pools...

Seriously man, lighten up, or go join your tea party.

DaveGee
May 21, 2010, 01:33 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like

Is it me, or does a soapbox rant coming from someone named SKIPPY have less impact than one from someone named JOE, BILL, TED, DEAN or just about any other common name?

HEY, YOU BETTER WATCH OUT! SKIPPY IS REALLY PISSED OFF TODAY!!

Just doesn't do anything for me... :D

Disclaimer: This was a light hearted joke, no malice was intended. My deepest apologies if it caused undue stress or anxiety.

P.S. If this reminds anyone of a great movie line (paraphrased since Google failed finding the exact quote) "Did you say BIFF? What a great name... I'll bet you never get depress with a name like Biff! Gee whats wrong Biff are you depressed? See it just doesn't sound right!" -- 2+ points extra credit if you know the movie!

spillproof
May 21, 2010, 01:45 PM
Yes, I can play it on my iPhone but it not that great of an experience.

SAD*FACED*CLOWN
May 21, 2010, 04:22 PM
Yes, I can play it on my iPhone but it not that great of an experience.

I was thinking the same thing...it's choppy

stuffradio
May 21, 2010, 04:59 PM
It's giving me like 2 fps! Fix your crappy browser Apple, if you want people to embrace HTML 5... give us enhanced javascript engines.

Yelmurc
May 21, 2010, 05:22 PM
If you click the insert coin button a second time you get to play 2 player. This works in a full brower not sure if its possible on a iphone

swajames
May 21, 2010, 06:04 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

:rolleyes:

Remind me to never, ever get a) trapped in an elevator with you or b) have the misfortune to attend the same parties...

kingslash6
May 21, 2010, 06:13 PM
Yes, I can play it on my iPhone but it not that great of an experience.

lol :D

I was surprised to see this today, brings up a lot of good memories :cool:

Mintin8
May 21, 2010, 06:27 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

Judging by your blog, you seem to hate google ;P

jordanh91
May 21, 2010, 06:38 PM
Is it me, or does a soapbox rant coming from someone named SKIPPY have less impact than one from someone named JOE, BILL, TED, DEAN or just about any other common name?

HEY, YOU BETTER WATCH OUT! SKIPPY IS REALLY PISSED OFF TODAY!!

Just doesn't do anything for me... :D

Disclaimer: This was a light hearted joke, no malice was intended. My deepest apologies if it caused undue stress or anxiety.

P.S. If this reminds anyone of a great movie line (paraphrased since Google failed finding the exact quote) "Did you say BIFF? What a great name... I'll bet you never get depress with a name like Biff! Gee whats wrong Biff are you depressed? See it just doesn't sound right!" -- 2+ points extra credit if you know the movie!

Hang on, I'm gonna need 1.27 Jigawatts worth of brainpower to figure this out... :U

The game is playable on my 3GS. Pretty fun, too. ^^

ant69
May 21, 2010, 06:57 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

I work for a US government dept and in all honesty.... we are not paid enough to work all day long - so its bits of fun like this that gets us through the day... your tax dollars are hard at work skippy lol - now back to the game ;)

Ant

reden
May 21, 2010, 07:11 PM
Judging by your blog, you seem to hate google ;P

But he uses a google service for his blog. Contradicting? Ahhhhh!

Metatron
May 21, 2010, 08:23 PM
Oh man, I've been playing all morning. I'm glad the gov't doesn't block Google!

...now I feel bad for wasting your tax dollars. Okay, I won't play any more. Back to work.

Okay, just kidding. I only played one game.

I work for a US government dept and in all honesty.... we are not paid enough to work all day long - so its bits of fun like this that gets us through the day... your tax dollars are hard at work skippy lol - now back to the game ;)

Ant

Glad to see so many of us work for the Government...I work in IT Security. I recommend you review the personal use policy for government equipment again. Just saying... ;)

gkarris
May 21, 2010, 10:12 PM
Dear Google,

Thanks! How about something for the anniversary of Asteroids? ;)

FlyingHonda
May 21, 2010, 10:21 PM
Hang on, I'm gonna need 1.27 Jigawatts worth of brainpower to figure this out... :U

Wow! 1.27 Jiggawatts is even more than what you need to go BACK TO THE FUTURE!

Ubuntu
May 21, 2010, 10:40 PM
Congratulations Google!
You just managed to halt all productivity everywhere today.

Jeez, people will really complain about anything, won't they?:D

iphones4evry1
May 21, 2010, 11:24 PM
Haha!!! Now I can play Pac Man all day and my boss with think I'm working!!! :D

(fyi: I actually was playing this at work earlier today. I'm posting this later, at home)

kalafalas
May 22, 2010, 12:51 AM
It's giving me like 2 fps! Fix your crappy browser Apple, if you want people to embrace HTML 5... give us enhanced javascript engines.

If works fluently on mine, but i have a 3GS. i don't know what you have so that might make a difference

ChazUK
May 22, 2010, 12:57 AM
If works fluently on mine, but i have a 3GS. i don't know what you have so that might make a difference

It ran like turd on my iPod touch and Archos 5. It was ok on my N1 tho.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBIwPX2p74I

I'd guess that all 2nd gen iPods and the 3GS and under are struggling. I'll give it a whirl later on my wifes 32GB 3rd gen touch later! :D

jon86
May 22, 2010, 04:42 AM
Runs fine on my 3GS. The game also works on the desktop, although it's a bit harder as you have to use swiping click motions with your mouse.

mixel
May 22, 2010, 04:01 PM
Runs fine on my 3GS. The game also works on the desktop, although it's a bit harder as you have to use swiping click motions with your mouse.
Or the arrow keys. :)

RL600
May 22, 2010, 05:47 PM
Or the arrow keys. :)

and then click insert coin again and use W,S,A,D for ms pacman :rolleyes:

Foxglove9
May 23, 2010, 10:10 AM
Now that it is gone from Googles main page, is it archived anywhere so I can continue to play it?

JoEw
May 23, 2010, 09:36 PM
google said they would have it in doodle archives pretty soon.

WiseMarley
May 23, 2010, 10:11 PM
Man, I missed this.

Yelmurc
May 24, 2010, 12:32 PM
Man, I missed this.

http://www.google.com/pacman/

RedTomato
May 27, 2010, 11:05 AM
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man), Google has released a playable Pac-Man game "doodle" on their front page (http://www.google.com/) in place of their traditional logo.

Thanks for that link to Google's front page. I was racking my brains trying to think where it could be. Haven't seen it in simply ages.

And if you believed that, I have a shiny gold painted turd to sell you.

yahya4k
May 28, 2010, 06:29 AM
You'd think with a name like 'SkippyThorson'...you'd be more fun. 10 minutes playing an 80s flashback was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things...

Anyway I personally think it was a stroke of genius what Google done there. These guys are the kings of marketing and it should be interesting to see who will win out in the coming war between Apple and Google. Yes a war is coming.

Tardyon
May 31, 2010, 12:43 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No...

Yet you did.

You Skippy, are a sad pathetic wanktard. LOL!

Tardyon
May 31, 2010, 01:14 PM
You'd think with a name like 'SkippyThorson'...you'd be more fun. 10 minutes playing an 80s flashback was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things...


Hummm...

About 3 million government employees, not counting shadow hires.
Average annual salary lets assume around $40k, or about $20/hr or $.33/min.

10 min of play costs, just in direct pay, $3.33. Lets not forget the massive overhead costs, assume about 3 times direct pay and those 10 min cost about $10.

If every employee played for 10 min, that is $30 million spent.

Remember that most full time salaried workers in most states are allowed by law two 15 min paid breaks, and we can see this is not a big deal. Just install Pacman in every bathroom stall and save on costs!

Now, of course not every employee is going to spend 10 min, and in fact most of them will not play at all for whatever reason. Lets assume 1% of all government employees played for 10 min, and that comes out to a paltry $30k of time spent.

There are about 300 million people in the USA, lets say 1/2 are of tax paying age.
This means that those employees playing Pacman for 10 min cost each of us $0.0002.

I think I would rather pay for that then for many other things the US government uses my tax money for.

http://scientificilliteracy.blogspot.com/

calsci
May 31, 2010, 09:35 PM
its fun but kinda hard to play on the iphone.

wolfenkraft
Jun 7, 2010, 07:48 AM
Back when it was on the front page, I could play it. But now that it's relegated to a separate page, it's been blocked by corp IT. Oh well. :rolleyes:

Mademan12321
Jun 8, 2010, 09:13 PM
I'm not gonna start on how much I loathe government employees in all areas for reasons like this, so I won't go into the "Nobody Does Their Job" speech. No, the Gov doesn't block that on their computers, but that doesn't mean you should be playing games while you SHOULD be working, and working off of taxpayer dollars I may add. The Gov is the joke it is today thanks to things like this.

I did come to this thread, however, to say how they should leave it like this permanently, but I think I retract that now. People that should be working aren't, because Google turned a standard search function into a game. I know in my mind too, that no one I know is going to pass by it without playing... Sad.

My goodness! You know you don't have to be the 800 pound butthole in the room with all eyes on you?

Mr. Gates
Jun 13, 2010, 08:02 PM
When you play this from an iPhone it really shows how young HTML5 really is.

Then again , It IS taking some pretty fast steps !

jhon martan
Jun 22, 2010, 07:00 AM
The sounds are stored within a flash file, the sprites are stored within a .png image & Javascript is used for most (probably all, though I'm unsure) of the code.