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Google Pac-Man

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

It’s time for today’s history lesson.

1980Pac-Man is introduced, and becomes the most popular and profitable video game of its time.


1981Ms. Pac-Man arrives on the scene, chewing her way through a maze similar to that of her predecessor, while acquiring a substantial following of her own.


1981-2010 – Video games become more complex and incorporate graphics only dreamed of during the early days. They also abandon arcades in favor of television and computer screens.

2010 – Google celebrates the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man by replacing their signature Google logo with a fully functional Pac-Man game; the Google name substituting for the original maze. Navigating this maze is accomplished by using the arrow keys on a computer keyboard.


Then it disappears…or does it? As it turns out, the Google version is still out there.

Just click here, and tap the Insert Coin button to start the game.

Or, if you’re ambidextrous, have a partner, or are just much more coordinated than I am, tap the Insert Coin button twice to add Ms. Pac-Man to the maze. Her navigation controls are the W, A, S, and D keys.

So, your assignment is to turn off the phone, fire up the computer, and gobble some dots.


Class dismissed.


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