Linked by David Adams on Fri 21st May 2010 15:15 UTC
Humor To commemorate Pac Man's 30 year anniversary, Google has not only made a Pac Man-themed Google logo, but it's playable, and shockingly included the Pac Man theme music, which startled, but ultimately delighted, my officemates and me this morning. If you press the insert coin button, Ms. Pac Man joins the party. I do hope, however, that Google refrains from including theme music on its homepage in the future.
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I have 4 words for you !
by Neolander on Fri 21st May 2010 15:28 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

I
Love
This
Companyyeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah !!!

Edited 2010-05-21 15:28 UTC

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Why do I get the feeling
by Lazarus on Fri 21st May 2010 15:33 UTC
Lazarus
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2005-08-10

that some LA-LA monkey is going to try and collect royalties from me for even looking at that? :-P

Also, I fail at Google Pac-Man =(

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Awesome idea!
by vodoomoth on Fri 21st May 2010 15:56 UTC
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2010-03-30

I already loved the company but as we all know, it's the little gestures that count.
The homage is very touching and I wouldn't be surprised if it earned even more sympathy to Google.

We are used to the logo being themed for events like Xmas, the Olympics, the birth date of famous composers, but I don't think I've ever heard of something played on the page, whether animation, music or game. Am I mistaken?

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RE: Awesome idea!
by vodoomoth on Fri 21st May 2010 16:11 UTC in reply to "Awesome idea!"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

... I wouldn't be surprised if it earned even more sympathy to Google.


After my previous comment, I played the game on google.fr... I failed (not worth mentioning), and after the game was over, the results for a search on "30ème anniversaire de PAC-MAN" (30th birthday of Pac Man) was automatically displayed. One of the search results read "Les entreprises n'aiment pas Google aujourd'hui" (companies don't like Google today). I didn't even think of that! Maybe because today is a day off for me :-)

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RE[2]: Awesome idea!
by Nico57 on Fri 21st May 2010 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Awesome idea!"
Nico57 Member since:
2006-12-18

They should have added "-google" to the search query.

Now basically every single hit is a news article linking back to Google.

Their PageRank is gonna fly!

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RE: Awesome idea!
by Elv13 on Fri 21st May 2010 17:03 UTC in reply to "Awesome idea!"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

There was a OS X clone at some point where image, video, lab and all that was in a dock with zoom effect and all that, but Apple did send a DCMA pull request, and it was granted. It was the years after they went after dock clone for Windows.

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Am I missing something...?
by HackDefendr on Fri 21st May 2010 17:20 UTC
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2010-05-21

On Mac OS X with Firefox 3.6.4, Safari, nor Chromium will play the doodle pacman game. All I see is a clickable Image which directs me to the Pacman 30th blah blah search.

This is supposed to be playable from the main Google page, no?

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RE: Am I missing something...?
by righard on Fri 21st May 2010 18:18 UTC in reply to "Am I missing something...?"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

I becomes playable after a short while...at least for me

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HackDefendr Member since:
2010-05-21

I've got it open in 3 browsers concurrently, and been waiting longer than I should have. None are starting, and I don't see a "Insert Coin" button at all.

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DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Click on Pac-Man himself.

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RE: Am I missing something...?
by PLan on Sat 22nd May 2010 01:37 UTC in reply to "Am I missing something...?"
PLan Member since:
2006-01-10

Works fine on Safari (4.05)/OS X here - both Pacman and Ms. Pacman.

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Two-player mode
by Almafeta on Fri 21st May 2010 17:35 UTC
Almafeta
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2007-02-22

Click 'insert coin' twice.

Get a friend on WASD while you rock the arrow keys.

Prepare for the nostalgia for cursing at your friend as they lose your life for the third time in the row.

Get disappointed at the lack of a high-score table.

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pacman is a bit annoying
by ncc4100 on Fri 21st May 2010 17:38 UTC
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2006-05-10

Google is my default home page in my browser. I don't mind it playing for a bit, but it never stops. There is no stop button and if I use NoScript to stop it, it affects my use of other google products. They really should have had a stop button or used a separate script that we could control with NoScript.

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RE: pacman is a bit annoying
by rif42 on Sat 22nd May 2010 08:34 UTC in reply to "pacman is a bit annoying"
rif42 Member since:
2005-11-20

You can stop it with the little speaker symbol on the left.

I think it was a stupid idea for Google to put sound on by default.

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RE[2]: pacman is a bit annoying
by vodoomoth on Sat 22nd May 2010 09:27 UTC in reply to "RE: pacman is a bit annoying"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Not "stupid". I wouldn't go that far. But true, they should have disabled the sound by default.

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Not fun for IT help desks
by splink on Fri 21st May 2010 17:43 UTC
splink
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2010-05-21

Unfortunately, Google is causing a lot of support calls and extra hassle and costs for IT help desks today because there are many users that are shocked by the sound when they open their browsers. They don't recognize the sound and think it's a virus.

Back to the "fun" of answering needless phone calls and help emails...

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RE: Not fun for IT help desks
by 1c3d0g on Fri 21st May 2010 22:05 UTC in reply to "Not fun for IT help desks"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

Tip: get another job.

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RE: Not fun for IT help desks
by Soulbender on Mon 24th May 2010 14:35 UTC in reply to "Not fun for IT help desks"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Maybe those companies should hire smarter people.

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Dear help desk man
by fretinator on Fri 21st May 2010 19:30 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

That's it, I'm quitting computers forever.

Last week, my computer cup holder suddenly closed and spilled my coffee on the floor.

Earlier this week the Logitech foot-pedal stopped working when it got too much carpet fiber in the little ball.

And now, I just opened up my Facebook program, and when it went to the facebook startup screen (where I type in Facebook in the box below the google sign), and all of the sudden the google sign is replaced by a wierd maze and my computer started singing to me.

That's it, no more computers for me, it's back to the USA today, People Magazine and chatting at the beauty shop.

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Google vs Firefox
by reez on Fri 21st May 2010 22:56 UTC
reez
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2006-06-28

You know what's the real reason behind this?
Google tries to drive people away from Firefox:
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/forum/1/677839

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RE: Google vs Firefox
by historyb on Sat 22nd May 2010 00:46 UTC in reply to "Google vs Firefox"
historyb Member since:
2005-07-06

Works for me in Firefox

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RE[2]: Google vs Firefox
by Bobthearch on Sat 22nd May 2010 03:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Google vs Firefox"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Ditto here.

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Comment by dukes
by dukes on Sat 22nd May 2010 08:22 UTC
dukes
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2005-07-06

Is that it's not flash!

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RE: Comment by dukes
by frood on Sat 22nd May 2010 16:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by dukes"
frood Member since:
2005-07-06

Is that it's not flash!


That's the trouble with HTML 5. Normally my flashblock plugin stops crap like this.

/TROLL

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RE[2]: Comment by dukes
by David on Tue 25th May 2010 18:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by dukes"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Now we need an HTML5-block plugin

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