Google – PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary Search Page Doodle

By - May 21st, 2010

Google   PAC MAN 30th Anniversary Search Page Doodle

The comments just kept coming, everything from “…have you been hacked?!?!” to “HOW DO I ERASE THIS ANNOYING…”, in all caps. This morning, search engine giant Google launched its first ever playable Google doodle (on its search page) in celebration of PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary. Created by Marcin Wichary, senior UX developer and Google doodler Ryan Germick (yes, that is his official job title), enjoy this FREE 8-bit fun for the next 48 hours! And as any die-hard gamers would expect, the duo also included an Easter Egg Click on the “Insert Coin” twice and Ms. PAC-MAN will join in the hunt for those pesky critters! You could control PAC-MAN with the arrow keys and Ms. PAC-MAN with WASD keys.

50 comments
Bobj_user
Bobj_user

This idea is very bad. Google is used for all reasons (professional, entertainement..) . The support should deactivate this feature as it is very annoying ..XD

Pacthusiast
Pacthusiast

This was epic win. i jizzed in my pants when i realized i could actually play it. u o me new pair of pants google.

John
John

Wow, you guys suck this is the most awesome google doodle of them all. Plus, for those who don't know how to turn off the music theres a volume thing to the left side of them game. Simply click it, and there you go, no "annoying" sounds.

wharcraff
wharcraff

Happy 30th PAC. I will foundly remember Pacmania 3D for nes and the hours of fun it gave me.

Elise
Elise

For some of you diehard Pac ers know this: this stupid, annoying noise came on even though I was not searching on the google page....this is not acceptable...when I did go on the google page, I saw it was pac man...sure it is cute, but it had no sound turn off clicker until much later in the day,,,I imagine it was added after who knows how many people complained...I actually phoned and asked them to insert a button for shutting off the sound...a few of you are saying just turn the sound off,,,well, that is not a solution, if you are workiing and you need the sound for your work....so...while yes, this was creative, and fun for some of you, it was a nightmare for others...so for heaven's sake be tolerant of those who did not have time or inclination to fool around on their work time, employers pay you to work not to play games, unless of course you work for google

Andy
Andy

HATE IT! One more piece of useless glitch soaking up my machine. Don't get me wrong, I love pacman but I don't want it on my google home page. OK, go tell the nerds that figured out how to create it they are all the brightest kids in the world so they don't get their little useless feelings hurts. I used to like google over Bing because it kept the page simple. Hmmm ...

Dillicus
Dillicus

The pac-man is irritating . It can't be turned off. I don't want to turn my sound down and most of all it uses so much power Iit takesages surf the net . If folk want to play Pac-Man theycan find it on a game site . Lose it please

emilyk
emilyk

to all the people complaining- don't hate just because you can't create something as entertaining as pacman, or just because you're not smart enough to think of something as revolutionary as google, and combine it with one of the most popular games in the world. if you don't like it go on Yahoo! or Bing. don't complain about it when there are other solutions to your problems.

Joe
Joe

I hate, hate, hate google for this. I guess I will make my homepage Bing for the next few days.

Ross
Ross

For all of the Smart Alecs out there who don't understand what happened to most of us: People like me never had any clue that this game even existed, we never opened any Google page, so we never saw it; we just opened our browser (my homepage is NOT Google, but a local, New Zealand web page) and we were assaulted by an obnoxious wailing noise that we could only stop by turning the computer sound completely off. This is totally unacceptable. (Do I have to mention that people use computers for music, radio, Youtube, skype...) Hey, the game might be fun for some of you. Enjoy it if you like. But there was no Pacman game on our screens. Try to imagine that noise, unrelenting, with absolutely no clue as to where it comes from, every time you make any connection whatsoever to the internet. For some, the problem seems to be associated with using CoolPreviews in Firefox. I think I probably got the noise because I have a Gmail button on my Google toolbar. Guess what: Google toolbar is now gone forever. How could they have made such a stupid mistake? Surely it's not possible that nobody in Google uses a combination of Firefox and CoolPreviews? I would be laughing loudly at their expense if it hadn't cost me a most of my valuable Saturday morning trying to get rid of it.

Richard
Richard

Bite me, Bianca and nuttman (nutless man). Don't make ME mute my speakers - don't invade my space with your silly game. It was dumb in the 80s, dumber now. Google blew this one big time.

Judy
Judy

Love this little fun thing - who ARE all these whingers? How dare this intrude on your sad little lives. Hey, here's a thought - SMILE!!

megan
megan

This is cool.....thats right,anyone wants it switched off,go to Yahoo! or jst away Turn the volume off if you don't like the sound....Duh!!!

Woot
Woot

great idea for google to make a game, just turn of the speaker or make up your mind and search sth if you dont want to play it

Annette
Annette

This is really SO COOL! I'd get my kids onto it too if they didn't have assignments that are due on Monday - I'd be being Such a BAD Mother, but OOOH the temptation! All I can say to the Whingers out there - Grow Up, But you've obviously also grown OLD!!! Where's your sense of FUN - Just click on the speaker Icon in the doodle - You don't deserve Google - Google ROCKS!

blahblahblah
blahblahblah

idoits! stop complaining about such a cool thing. if you dont like it then go on a different website sheesh... to the people that do like it...me too <3 :)

clatongray
clatongray

Awsum. simply awsum. love it. it would be great to include a button along with the news, mail and images buttons for more stuff like this? lol some of the comments wer funny, esp. 'MIKE' who said hes going to abandon google for IE.... lol.

johnny lever
johnny lever

awesome, brilliant and extremity of creativity.... whoever thought this idea must be a genii... To all those who didn;t like it, just one thing to say//...."Fuck off"

Ian
Ian

Iam 70 years of age and have never played pac man

BC
BC

it was funny to play and remember how bad i was at it..it was never my cup of tea..speaking of which, hey nuttman, if I tea bagged you, would that keep you quiet?

ANON
ANON

PAC MAN GENIUS....What a great thing to come across on a wintery Saturday morning. More of same please, must be some more b/days coming up....If the noise annoys turn your sound down/off. If you don't wanna play, then don't.....Don't spoil it for those of us who still have a sense of fun....

Mrs Windham
Mrs Windham

Hello i have been trying to search internet using the googley. Unfortunately there is some form of flashing picture and many little dots on there that make noises during the googley search. I have a computer here and keyboard and mouse. My monitor is a dell. I only turn it on during the morning. Hope this helps solve the problem. Nobody else uses the computer or the internets except myself. Thank you

sissy
sissy

It's irresistible. I'd just like to know how many work hours world-wide were spent today playing this game.

Tim
Tim

Best thing ever. You don't deserve to use google if you ca't see the speaker logo to turn off the sound.

oon
oon

this is best google doodle ever made by google.

anon
anon

i was simply wowed when my friend showed me that. they should keep doing stuff like that

EC
EC

Guess some people have NO sense of humor. Finding Pacman today was a great surprise! Brings me way back to the quarter arcades or playing Pacman while having pizza on Friday night. Can't imagine how freaked out some people would've been to see PONG! Might have sent a few around the bend. Good on you Google!

El
El

What a surprise I got this morning, seeing this up! Fun and difficult to play : )

furisflyin
furisflyin

OH CRAP! I completely forgot what I wanted to search for. But I did play another game of Pac-Man and loved it. Now, what the hell was I searching.

furisflyin
furisflyin

I had no problem shutting the "noise." I was shocked when I saw the game come up on the screen and it really worked. I haven't played pac-man in years but when it first came out I was an addict (for about 5 years). Thanks for the wonderful memories! More Please!

Royce
Royce

Well people, if you can't manage to click on the the little speaker thing, you deserve to listen to it all day.

Martin
Martin

great to see pac-man celebrated :) Well done !

nuttman
nuttman

This is the best thing I've seen on Google yet! Awesome. for all you mouth breathers complaining about the noises, you can mute your computer speakers usually with one click or less. Please, do the future a favor and never breed.

Mike
Mike

How childish Google are your people all brain dead? If I wanted stupid noisy games Id go top my kids nursery school. The only reason I havnt gone back to IE is cos its too slow otherwise I would have kicked you off my computer (which from what a lot of my friends say has happened with many EX Googlers!)

AarjCelebrity
AarjCelebrity

I'm only 8 years old but this was the funniest game I played:)

virginia lamb
virginia lamb

Love it but how do you get rid of the sound???

Rich B
Rich B

Are you all completely insane? This is the coolest thing EVER! Long live Google!

Phil
Phil

Love it, too much time wasted. To everyone who wants it turned off, go to Yahoo

ANON
ANON

Very annoying but cool

bianca
bianca

it's fun. :) just mute your speakers. idiots.

ashley
ashley

i cant believe it! im honestly wowed!! i love pac man though, can't get enough of it!!! p.s. there is a sound button to click that will turn down the sound without turning down what ever else you have on guys....

Andrea
Andrea

What a great surprise! I´ve been taken back to such fun, I can´t believe it! Happy Birthday P! And thanks for sharing!

tata
tata

this is soo freaking awesome. if the noise bothers turn off the volume, actually that's what I did since I'm commuting on the train anyways. This is brilliant and so fun. Brings me back to the good ol' days of arcade games. I so hope you continue to do this again. I didn't experience any bugs, but if there are any hopefully they'll be fixed 4 next one.

Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith

This is very annoying never do this again is right

don burgis
don burgis

i can't turn this thing off. get rid of it

cookie
cookie

This was so cool to see! Enjoy it everyone! I played a round while at work -- bad girl --

mags norton
mags norton

The noise is VERY annoying. Why can't I turn it off?????? It continues even while I search. Horrible...turn it off!!!

berm
berm

I LOVE IT

larry rogers
larry rogers

this is highly annoying, never do this again.