Google Celebrates Pac-Mans Birthday

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Today Pac-Man turns 30 years old.

If you visit Google.com today, you will notice their logo looks like the classic 80’s arcade video game Pac-Man, but that’s not the best part … if you wait 10 seconds or click the “insert coin” button, you will discover that it is an interactive flash game with the original Pac-Man sounds and music! It has 256 playable levels.

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You can also play 2 players simultaneously. Simply click “insert coin” again. At the end of the game the search engine will send you to a search results page for “Pac-Man 30th anniversary.” Marcin Wichary Senior User Experience Design and Ryan Germick created the interactive logo. The game will stay up for 48 hours.

Around the world, hundreds of millions of people must have played Pac-man at one time or another. Is such a simple game, but very addictive, making you want to play again and again.

And the amazing thing is that it is now 30 years old. We have Namco to thank for that. They first released it in May 1980. Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani created it, and it was an immediate hit. Midway licensed it for distribution in the USA five months later, in October 1980.

Tim Martin is a Technology specialist, who gives us insights into the technology and software that helps us to get through our day. Technology is everywhere, an increasingly pervasive part of our lives. Tim helps us make sense of it in many ways.