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Internet users who go to Google's homepage today will find a full version of the game.

Pac Man's birthday is actually tomorrow, but surely that won't stop fans from commemorating today with a few rounds of the video arcade game classic. 

Google is known for acknowledging holidays and special events by changing up the logo on its homepage with creative Google Doodles.  And today, the popular search engine did not disappoint.   Google produced a full-fledged version of the video game to celebrate another year for Pac Man.

To get started, just go to the Google homepage, click the button that says "Insert Coin" and you're ready to play Pac Man.  If you'd like to make it a 2-player game or Ms. Pac Man is your preference,  just click "Insert Coin" again. 

As it appears, the characters are PNG images, the walls are one big image, each dot is an HTML div that appears and then disappears in this interactive doodle.  There's minimum Flash and lots of splash, while the sound generator is Flash, the rest seems to be JavaScript.  

Pac Man was released in 1980 by Namco Bandai, a company in Japan, and is listed as the world's most successful coin-operated game by Guinness World Records.  Pac Man made $100,000 in sales in its first year.  The iconic game stems from the Japanese word, "Paku" which means to chomp. 

Pac Man got its first new mazes in 2007, 26 years after it was created and is featured in the XBox 360 Arcade.  

The game reaches 256 levels and as of 11 am today, can be played for the next 48 hours.

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By steveeg on 5/21/2010 5:14:30 PM , Rating: 1
Look - sorry - i've only just got this playable

RE: google page
By steveeg on 5/21/2010 5:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
Look - sorry - i've only just got this awful playable pacman thing - it's really getting on my t*** everytime i go ito google - how do switch the damn thing off!!!

RE: google page
By aegisofrime on 5/22/2010 12:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing... Disable flash? Haven't tried it out myself though. While I appreciate the thought Google put into this, I also wish they had disabled the sound. It could cause quite a few embarrassments in offices...

RE: google page
By angryplayer on 5/23/2010 8:00:17 PM , Rating: 3
Type faster.

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