Google Pacman cost the economy $120 million

We saw how Google Pacman took the world by storm a few days ago. I think everyone reading this post probably spent some time playing Pacman on Google’s Pacman Doodle which probably has not gone down to become legendary. Even I spent a bit of time and it quite refreshingly brought back nostalgia of 386 Processor computers with their limited storage and processing ability. 😀

But what did this unexpected time off with Pacman cost the economy?

Here are some mind boggling numbers of the cost that economies endured because of a simple Doodle from Google.

  • Over all Google had 504,703,000 unique visitors when the Pacman Doodle went up.
  • This over all amounted to 4.8 million work hours being lost to Google as people ended up on an average spending 36 seconds instead of the usual 4 seconds on Google search.
  • So the total cost to our economies is about $120 Million and with that money we could have hired the entire Google workforce of 19,835 for about six weeks.

The response to Google’s Pacman has been so phenomenal that they have decided to create a page where it is available at any time. So now you can play Pacman at Google.com/pacman

So tell us what you think about Google Pacman’s effect? Was it really a waste of money or was it actually a great way to unwind and put up a smile on your face before your day began? Do let me know through your comments.

Link: Rescue Time

PacMan Fever: How To Play Pacman Offline

With google introducing Pacman Doodle on its homepage, the game has once again gained popularity among people. Even some of our readers are Pacman fans, and want to play the game offline. In reply to our post- Google Doodle Presents Pacman, one of our readers had a question on making the game available offline. This post is a reply to him and various other readers and Pacman fans, who want to play the game offline.

A group of users have uploaded the source for the game on github. You can download the source code by heading over to the link: http://github.com/macek/google_pacman

  • Clicking on Download Source on top-right corner will download the source for you. Extract the source files from the zipped file, anywhere on your system.
  • Double click on index.html file to run the game offline in your default browser.

Here’s an offline preview of the game:

You can also play the game live via github using this link: http://macek.github.com/google_pacman/

The source is also available on mediafire. Head over to the direct download link. (Graphics of this source are different from Google’s Pacman doodle)

Linux users can download the source code for NJAM: a Pacman-like game for linux from http://sourceforge.net/projects/njam/

Google in the announcement to place a playable version of Pacman as a doodle, made it clear that the playable game will stay as doodle on their homepage for 48 hours. But, this unique idea received such an overwhelming response that google has made it permanently available at www.google.com/pacman.

Read the official announcement on Google blog.

Convert Google Doodle Pacman into multi-Player Game

We just informed you about today’s Google doodle Pacman. Now here is a quick tip shared by Himanshu on getting lady Pacman into this game.

Here is a quick post on converting your single player Pacman into Multi-player Pacman. You will be using keys ASDW to change directions.

To get started with multi-player Pacman, hit On INSERT COIN button twice.

Insert-coin

Now you will see two Pacman. One Pacman can be handled by your lady love as picture seems to be of lady Pacman :).

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Isn’t this tip cool ? Do let us know what do you think about this tip and are you playing Pacman on Google homepage?

Google Doodle Presents Pacman

I wonder how many of you know Pacman. In my school days it used to be one of most addictive game and it is still the same. I have Pacman installed in my iPhone and I play it all the time. For all those who wants to go back to childhood, head over to Google homepage and start playing Pacman.

Pacman is today’s Google Doodle and you will also notice the game says Google in it’s style :

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Notice the GOOGLE written in the form of Maze. Do let us know who think they are still addicted to Pacman?