Google brought back the 80s arcade game Pac Man to celebrate its 30th anniversary last May 22nd in the form of a fully-working Google Doodle on its homepage (it’s been since moved to a dedicated page where people can still play it). The “I’m feeling lucky” button gets replaced by “Insert coin” and clicking on it lets you play. Click on it a second time and Ms. Pac Man joins in the fun.
Apart from hearing collective 8-bit cheers of delight upon discovering what could be Google’s most viral web toy yet, the Pac Man doodle was another display of its massive influence, both the good and the bad. [Read more…]