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A Playable PAC-MAN On Google Doodle

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the game-will-never-be-over-not-really dept.

Classic Games (Games) 286

Kilrah_il and several other readers made sure we noted Google's tribute to PAC-MAN on its 30th anniversary — a playable game implemented in JavaScript. "'To play the game, go to google.com during the next 48 hours (because it's too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the "Insert Coin" button or just wait for a few seconds.' There is also an Easter egg for those who want to recall one of the first multi-player games, but you'll have to RTFA to find it." This doodle may overshadow the Official PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary Destination.

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So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294672)

I Don't wanna read the article, how to activate the easter egg ?

Re:So... (4, Informative)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294682)

Insert coin twice to enable multiplayer.

One player is controlled via arrow keys, the other by wasd.

Re:So... (5, Informative)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295076)

They have a bug in the Pacman game.

If you try to do a Google search in the search bar after you're done playing the game, the WASD keys don't work. Even after you do the search from the first page, and the first page of results shows up, you still can't use those keys.

I'm betting that "pcmn" is going to be one of today's hottest Google trends.

Re:So... (-1, Offtopic)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295236)

One player is controlled via arrow keys, the other by wasd.

WASD? White Angelo-Saxson Democrat?

Oh sure, you get a black man elected president but the white rich democrats still run the country. I'm just amazed they have time to program a pacman clone in google with all the trying to control the world stuff they have going on.

Re:So... (-1, Troll)

lgw (121541) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294696)

It's not an easter egg, it's a noisey page! A banner ad with a game! C'mon Google, PacMan is cool and all but you just put up a noisey banner ad with a game.

I punched the money, what did I win?

Re:So... (5, Funny)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294780)

It isn't a banner ad - it isn't advertising a thing.

I bet that most people will say this is the most awesome thing Google has done all year.

Re:So... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295116)

This is the most awesome thing Google has done all year!

Re:So... (3, Funny)

2obvious4u (871996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295138)

Where are my mod points when I need them...

Re:So... (1)

SYSS Mouse (694626) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295294)

It is advertising Pac-Man.

Re:So... (-1, Flamebait)

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294792)

Not only is it a noisey page...it's a noisey page that a lot of office people try to use.

I think google showed (yet again) very poor judgement in doing this on the MAIN FRIGGIN PAGE. I was trying to deal with a serious computer issue and do a quick search and the next thing I know I've got the FRIGGIN PAC MAN song playing on my computer...

They seem to have totally forgotten (or aren't even trying to be) that they are used by a lot of professionals around that world that use their search engine precisely because it's clean, quiet, and neat (or at least was). I had to swear off Bing, Yahoo, MSN, etc... because they were all so distracting.

Geez...come on Google!

Back to AltaVista.

Just my $0.02

-JJS

Re:So... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294832)

You use google because it's quiet ??

Wow, look like you're not the professional you're dreaming you are.

Re:So... (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294866)

If you don't like it, don't use it. If my Facebook feed is correct, most everyone loves it. If you don't like it turn down the volume for a single day or use http://www.gamertech.com/googlelite/ [gamertech.com] or something. Just a plain search box. There, no distracting images or cool JavaScript features there.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294886)

Back to AltaVista.

You'll be back. You know it. We all know it

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

IICV (652597) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294908)

You know, I thought that at first - I had a frantic co-worker at my desk asking "why is my computer making pac-man noises!" this morning (it had loaded up and started playing in the background).

Then I went over to her desk, looked around for a little bit, figured out it was the Google banner, ate a couple of ghosts, and it was fine.

Seriously, we all need to learn to laugh a bit more. You can't be all srs bizness all the time, a silly little temporary Google banner will not kill you.

Re:So... (1)

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295038)

True, and good point. I love Pac Man. Like almost everyone of my generation, I probably put enough quarters in Pac Man to have purchased a full stand up version of the game.

However, I don't want it jumping up in my face when I least expect it...most of all while I'm trying to concentrate at work.

They should have put the artsy logo on there, then taken you to the game when you click on the logo...not had it just start playing the music and such when you go to their main page.

Some work environment are sensitive to potential time wasting (I'm sure mine isn't the only one) and I really don't like having been put in a position to explain that I wasn't playing the game...it just popped up.

I also DO have javascript disabled on most sites, but I add sites I trust to my "trusted sites" internet zone. Google was there, but will probably be removed now.

Disagree if you will, but it was bad jugement on Google's part (they are guilty of a lot of that lately).

Just my $0.02

-JJS

Re:So... (4, Funny)

DeadboltX (751907) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295220)

I have already received a technical support call regarding this.
"Help my computer is making alarm sounds I think something broke! Here listen to this! *holds phone to computer speaker*"

*facepalm*

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

celibate for life (1639541) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294936)

And this is why you should keep Javascript disabled, if not at all times, at least at work.

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

CaseM (746707) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294942)

+1 Anal Retentive.

In all seriousness, you have the sound enabled on your PC in a professional environment?

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

DarrenBaker (322210) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295222)

I simply can't believe we've come this far and we STILL don't have a mute button as a standard item on web browsers. By Lucifer's beard!

Re:So... (-1, Troll)

Tak_1 (1684082) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295332)

Well My Macs have a mute button on the keyboard, they have for years. F10. Hard to believe many Desktop PCs still don't.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

aliddell (1716018) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294994)

You know you can configure your search bar to use Google in *whatever* browser you're using, right? So you don't have to go to Google's home page? I can't remember the last time I typed "www.google.com" into my url bar (before today, when I heard there was something strange in the neighborhood).

Re:So... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295022)

Maybe Google isn't the problem. Did you think to consider that you're probably just a sniveling little faggot? Huh? Eat shit and die.

Re:So... (1)

jelizondo (183861) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295034)

Let's not forget the golden rule of business: NO FUN ON FRIDAY!

Or any other day, for that matter. Why would someone on an office setting have the volume turned on? The normal Windows noise is enough to drive you to distraction...

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295132)

Then just use Scroogle.org , you whiner!

Re:So... (1)

tophermeyer (1573841) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295134)

I usually keep my work computer muted unless I need audio. I picked up that habit after being rickrolled about a billion times.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295194)

I guess that's what you should when you rely on a FREE service to conduct business! ID10T. Make your own Google interface if your so butt-hurt.

Re:So... (1)

Wovel (964431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295282)

People in your office should grow up and have a little fun....

Re:So... (1)

Tak_1 (1684082) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295286)

Add it to the whitelist in the flash blocker plug in and its quiet. You can even play the game silent that way if you want. You are the big bad pro. Figure it out.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294802)

What is it advertising? Nothing, other than perhaps Google. It does, however, let people who have games blocked on a school/corporate network play a game or two of Pac Man.

Re:So... (1, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294988)

I don't know what it's advertising. I don't know what the punch-the-monkey ads were advertising either!

It's part of Google's core values not to poinlessly annoy people on the web. The strength of their business was that they never did this. Google text ads were revolutionary - no flashing lights, no noise, no games. This goes against everything I like about Google. But, yay PacMan?

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

Wovel (964431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295330)

It is the 30th anniversary of a game that was huge during the most formative years of the average google employee (and most likely the average /. users). I think we can all let it slide for 2 days.

Re:So... (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295360)

I don't know what it's advertising. I don't know what the punch-the-monkey ads were advertising either!

But the punch-the-monkey ads were, in fact, ads. This is not.

Multiplayer Google Doodle (4, Informative)

AntiDragon (930097) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294688)

If you have a friend on hand (or some serious ambidextrous skills....) click "Inser Coin" twice and use the WASD keys to control MsPacman!

Re:Multiplayer Google Doodle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294818)

Gotta love the attention to detail here. The Ghosts act correctly, the sounds are spot on (even for the hidden Ms. Pacman pellet eating and etc!) it's just well done by Google and they deserve massive props. I'm sorry, but also this was one hell of a great way to have "Google open" as my boss sees and "Play a game" as I see. :)

Re:Multiplayer Google Doodle (2, Funny)

tempest69 (572798) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294852)

This isnt too bad until you cross the two, then my brain gets all wonky. when left controls left, and right controls right I'm kinda capable not good.. but cross them and they start moving all spastic,, sure it's all in my head.

Re:Multiplayer Google Doodle (4, Funny)

AntiDragon (930097) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294916)

Don't cross the stre^H^H^H^H pacmen!

Re:Multiplayer Google Doodle (1)

atisss (1661313) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295260)

Weird, but I discovered "Insert Coin" button only later, first I discovered javascript:google.pacman.insertCoin(); :D

Re:Multiplayer Google Doodle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295374)

Has anyone tried to invoke Rule 34 on this feature?

Meh (5, Funny)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294694)

I'm holding out for Q-Bert.

Re:Meh (4, Funny)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294770)

Don't worry, in 7 years we'll be playing Crysis in the google doodle.

Re:Meh (5, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294822)

And in 7 years, you still won't be able to get more than 24 FPS out of the cinematics.

Re:Meh (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294898)

I get 35fps out of the cinematics you insensitive clod!

Re:Meh (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294986)

The opening one, in the Jet, you can get lots of frames per second - but watch their lips closesly, either it was put together terribly or what, but their lips jump around like its choppy and laggy, like its not running at anything higher than 20 fps.

Re:Meh (1, Informative)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294978)

You're not missing much. This is a poor clone of the game. It LOOKS good but plays horrible (compared to the arcade original). The ghosts are stupid (run in circles instead of after you), the maze has tunnels that don't match up creating dead ends, and the ghosts stay blue forever. I didn't think it possible but it appears somebody programmed a worse game than Atari Pac-Man (which looks crap but is fun to play):

Atari 2600 (1977) - http://reparent.blog.uvm.edu/images/Atari%20Pacman.gif [uvm.edu]

"Marketing pressed Programmer Tod Frye to produce the game on a very strict timetable. Atari engineering would demand Frye complete the game in the standard 4K ROM, despite his repeated requests that 8K of ROM be allocated. Confined by time and available memory, Frye proposed the unthinkable. He approached Atari CEO Ray Kassar, and suggested a royalty agreement. Frye threatened to quit Atari and join Activision, leaving Pac-Man unfinished and Atari without its benchmark title." Also Frye said he hated Pac-Man and thought it was a dumb game.

Later variants were better:

Ms. PacMan - http://www.atariage.com/screenshot_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=320 [atariage.com]
Jr. PacMan - http://www.atariage.com/screenshot_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=254 [atariage.com]
PacMan Arcade http://www.atariage.com/2600/hacks/screenshots/s_MrPacMan_Hack_1.png [atariage.com]

Re:Meh (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295016)

The ghosts don't stay blue forever. They work just fine.

Sure, they had to compromise on the map to make it spell "Google". Oh well.

The ghost logic is supposedly the same as in the original game. It's possible that it doesn't work as well on this map, though.

How is this impressive in any way? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294708)

Time and time and time again we see some JavaScript reimplementation of a 30-year-old or 40-year-old game hailed as something we should be impressed by.

It's not a "good thing" that JavaScript can be used to reimplement simple computer games that are decades old. In fact, it's quite telling that JavaScript and browser-based development is nothing but a complete failure, given that these games run like total shit on today's modern computers, even when using an "optimized" browser like Chrome.

Re:How is this impressive in any way? (5, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294776)

The point is the celebration of a load bearing pillar in gaming history, not the fact that JavaScript was used to do it.

Re:How is this impressive in any way? (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294856)

Exactly. How many people knew Pacman was 30 years old today? Probably not a lot. How many people know about Pacman? Quite a few. It's a fun gesture to educate people how much things have changed, bringing back the nostalgic feeling of playing the game while showing how far we've come, with web searches and the internet in general. I think it spurs some reflection on the subject matter, but thats just my experience.

Re:How is this impressive in any way? (2, Informative)

inKubus (199753) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295160)

It's also the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back today.

Re:How is this impressive in any way? (0, Redundant)

SYSS Mouse (694626) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295214)

How many people knew The Empire Strikes Back was 30 years old today? Probably not a lot. How many people know about The Empire Strikes Back? Quite a few. It's a fun gesture to educate people how much things have changed, bringing back the nostalgic feeling of watching the movie while showing how far we've come, with web searches and the internet in general. I think it spurs some reflection on the subject matter, but thats just my experience.

We're celebrating the failure of JavaScript. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295080)

Nah, this is clearly about some web developers celebrating how great their development platform supposedly is, although it can't even be used to implement games that ran just fine on hardware that is millions of times less powerful than the computers we use today. The rest of us real developers call that sort of a platform a failure.

The submission explicitly mentioned that the game was implemented in JavaScript, rather than in Flash or Silverlight, or as a Java applet. That's why we're focusing on JavaScript here, and how unimpressive it always is.

Re:How is this impressive in any way? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295316)

It's not a "good thing" that JavaScript can be used to reimplement simple computer games that are decades old. In fact, it's quite telling that JavaScript and browser-based development is nothing but a complete failure, given that these games run like total shit on today's modern computers, even when using an "optimized" browser like Chrome.

It's impressive for the same reason that building a trebuchet out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands or making music with Tesla coils is impressive, even though the trebuchet could never knock down a castle and the song could never win a Grammy. Had you ever written so much as a Hello World, you would realize that.

And no, you weren't just trolling to get a rise out of the Slasdotters. You really were trying to make yourself feel better by shitting on an accomplishment that for all its technical modesty is far beyond your potential. And it isn't working.

to save a few slashdotters some time.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294710)

Yes, you can "beat" each level and keep playing, as in tradtional pacman. Yes, the animated sequences between particular levels are there.

Also, note the "I'm feeling lucky" button has become "insert coin"

Productivity (5, Insightful)

iPhr0stByt3 (1278060) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294712)

I saw this earlier this morning. Obviously, productivity around the globe dropped 30% today.

Re:Productivity (3, Interesting)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294868)

Yes, how can you NOT play once you see it?

Re:Productivity (1)

berwiki (989827) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295410)

I cannot get it to load.

Productivity (5, Informative)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294724)

Google handled approx 88 billion searches in Dec-2009 [searchengineland.com] . (88b/31)*2=5.67billion searches in two days. If (conservativly) one tenth of those are work related, that's 567m. If one in ten work related users plays this once for 60 seconds, that's 3.4 billion seconds. 3.4 billion seconds is approximatly 108 person-years worth of productivity. (Which at US federal minimum wage is about 1.6 million dollars). That's a low figure as those who need google to work probably don't earn minimum wage. Now that's power! I personally played for more than 60s....

Re:Productivity (1)

dlgeek (1065796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295002)

Yes, but perhaps you made up for it by spending less time on /. or digg or browsing the web. Most workers who are on computers all day don't sit there working for every second of it - a 60 second break doesn't really affect my productivity, and I take many of them throughout the day. It's time to let the brain process stuff in the background so I can look at my task with renewed focus when I'm done.

Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294736)

Works on Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13

ONLY sound on Firefox 3.6.3

And Google has the BEST programmers !

Yours In Smolensk,
K. Trout

Re:Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294768)

I would say they certainly have the most productive to throw us a cool freebie like that. However I still prefer Pac-Man CE (championship edition) on XBLA.

Re:Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295048)

However I still prefer Pac-Man CE (championship edition) on XBLA.

Pac-Man CE is awesome, but try pressing Insert Coin a second time and use WASD along with the arrows. You are now dual-wielding Pac-Man.

Re:Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (1)

TimHunter (174406) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294790)

Works just fine for me using Firefox 3.6.3 on Win7.

From Mozilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32294840)

Here's the discussion

Pac Man [mozilla.com] .

Cheers

Re:Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (1)

Maestro485 (1166937) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294894)

I'm using Firefox 3.6.3 on Slackware 13 and it works just fine.

Easily the coolest Google Doodle of all time.

Re:Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (1)

shadowknot (853491) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295212)

Ditto on the OS?Browser combo here. According to page 6 [mozilla.com] of the Mozilla support ticket for this says the "cool previews" add-on is causing the only sound issue.

Re:Pac Man Advisory: +1, Elevated (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294922)

Works here on Firefox 3.6.3 (Mac). Maybe you're blocking the javascript?

So? (-1, Troll)

whitroth (9367) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294758)

There's sites that have been around for years. One I like, I *think* the URL is - it's blocked here at work, of course - for a ton of old arcade games. I *think* PacMan's among them, but I can't look, and wasn't interested. I rather like Time Pilot....

                mark

I wonder what theodp thinks? (1)

yagu (721525) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294774)

Is this game too hard to play?

Re:I wonder what theodp thinks? (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295254)

The control scheme is pretty complicated and you do also have to keep track of 4 ghosts at the same time you are moving around. Those damn Namcoers are too smart for their own good.

In other news... (0, Redundant)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294794)

The productivity of IT industry worldwide has recently collapsed after Google has managed to inject a time-consuming activity into the web browsers of its competitors' employees.

FYI iPhone (4, Informative)

peacefinder (469349) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294914)

Yes, it works on iPhone. Not very well, mind you, but it is controllable with swipes.

Have a Nice Day, Adobe!

Re:FYI iPhone (2, Informative)

QUILz (1043102) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295018)

Have a nice day indeed, since it still uses a Flash object for sounds.

Re:FYI iPhone (1)

peacefinder (469349) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295276)

Hah! Good catch.

I am in such a habit of silencing such things that I hadn't even noticed. But you're right, it was silent without me doing anything about it. (Of course, for me that's a feature, but YMMV.)

Re:FYI iPhone (1)

MrJones (4691) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295068)

Thanks God its not made on flash, that would trigger too many "please upgrade Flash" and would just crash Adobe Download Servers...

NSFW (2, Informative)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294928)

Noticed it at work this morning.

Told a few people.

Poster should note that there is SOUND!

Sporadically every now and then I hear Pac-Man going on a few cubes away. lol.

Mute your sound before going to Google if your in an Office setting... Unless they are cool enough to let you play video games at work. My bosses are a bit sticky about that.

Re:NSFW (1)

spyder913 (448266) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294982)

If "sound" is NSFW, you need a new job.

Re:NSFW (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295158)

On one of my previous jobs my contract was terminated because I was watching FOX News while eating my lunchtime sandwich.

Yeah I know - FOX. But I don't think watching MS-NBC would have made any difference - they were cutting contractors and costs. They also told me "You are eating too much food at the lunch buffet." I only weigh 140 pounds - I don't eat much. :-| - Anyway.... DON'T give your a-hole boss an excuse to do the same to you! Turn down the Pac-Man sound

Re:NSFW (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295168)

"Sound" isn't NSFW, but video games are.

I am pretty sure sound from video games are a dead giveaway to your boss that your playing video games.
Since most people are not allowed to play video games at work...

In which case you might need to start looking for a new job.

Re:NSFW (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295044)

My work doesn't let us have speakers, you insensative clod!

Re:NSFW (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295300)

Why would you have speakers on in an office environment anyway?

Moves a bit fast but it's awesome (0)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 4 years ago | (#32294930)

That is the fastest game of Pac Man I think I've every played. I think I cleared the board in about 3 minutes. Fun times.

Users (1)

Roadmaster (96317) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295008)

From the point of view of a serious organization, I don't think it was such a good choice - a large part of Google's audience are people who just use the computer to work, can barely use it, and any deviation from standard behavior prompts panic and a call to help desk (us!) to ask why the hell did the computer start making noises and playing games by itself, and how we should run there to run an antivirus check and preferably take the computer outside and burn it with a flame thrower lest the nasty virus spread through the network and wreak havoc in the organization.

From the point of view of a geeky videogame addict, I'd say it kicks ass. And people who get too concerned with it should get a life. Or maybe play a game or two :)

Very cool. (2, Informative)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295032)

It's not entirely done in JavaScript - they have an off-screen Flash applet that handles the sound.

Re:Very cool. (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295126)

In that case, it is a shame they did not do the sounds using HTML5. It would be nice to a reworked version using HTML Audio.

Productive Friday? Not! (1)

filesiteguy (695431) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295036)

I can hear many of my staff playing as I write this.

Ah, well!

Re:Productive Friday? Not! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295162)

You can hear your staff playing video games while you post on Slashdot? But I thought 3DRealms folded?

This triggers too many "Alarm sound" helpdesks (3, Funny)

MrJones (4691) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295052)

Having an "alarm sound" in google home page is not that wise decision, I got reports about people calling helpdesk tech support in order to report an "alarm sound", "its a virus?", "hijacked google home page, please run anti-spyware", etc, etc

Is PacMan that important to the general public? I agree is /. material, but for non-tech people I dont think it matters...

Re:This triggers too many "Alarm sound" helpdesks (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295184)

no one gives a fuck about people who are that stupid.

Seriously, watch them abandon google

oh wait, they won't.

Google should do this more often.

Re:This triggers too many "Alarm sound" helpdesks (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295392)

I've never worked helpdesk so I guess I'm not familiar with the magnitude of stupidity that is possible, but REALLY? People don't know what pacman is? Pacman is a cultural icon, everyone knows what it is in a similar way to tetris. I'm finding it hard to believe that non-techs would both be uninterested in pacman, and not even know what it is.

Javascript is evil (5, Funny)

bradbury (33372) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295164)

And I want to run a game programmed in Javascript on my computer WHY? I helped write a simulator for a PDP-10 that ran on a PDP-11 (36 bit machine on a 16 bit machine) 30+ years ago. And there was a concrete corporate need for it (we were modifying the Bliss-11 compiler which was written in Bliss-10). And even though I like PacMan (lord knows how many quarters I plugged into it at the local video game parlors in the 80's) I would still pause before I open my machine(s) up to running Javascript games.

If only from the simple perspective that an interpreted, garbage collected language (such as Javascript) is inherently less efficient than a compiled language (C, Pascal, whatever) -- and it therefore is going to burn more CPU cycles than are required to perform the functionality the game provides. AND IT IS THEREFORE NOT GREEN!

The goal of programmers (world-wide) should not be on "how do I implement something clever and cool". It should instead be on how do I reduce the CO2 footprint of my program? It is a sad state when one is promoting programs which may increase wasteful expenditure of energy (via Javascript). If /. is a "good" forum, should they not be promoting good directions?

Re:Javascript is evil (1)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295258)

Go away, Conserva-Troll

Re:Javascript is evil (1)

Flipao (903929) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295296)

I agree, how dare they make something cool and fun that wastes time and reduces productivity... you, hey you, get off my lawn!

Re:Javascript is evil (1)

umberleigh (793964) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295320)

if I get off your lawn, will you unclench your anus?

Re:Javascript is evil (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295328)

My coworkers and I agree that you get the daily Slashdot, "WTF? *facepalm* award," for that little gem of an irrelevant rant.

Re:Javascript is evil (2, Funny)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295368)

I think that C is not green either, since it's really more efficient to code the game in assembly code that can be inlined in the web page.

But assembly still consumes those excess cycles. You know what's really green? Not playing Pac-Man.

Certainly, playing Pac-Man as it was originally---as an arcade game with a dedicated CRT monitor---is out of the question.

Actually, I'm a little concerned with your comment up there, because it seems like there may have been some CPU cycles that were wasted in your comment. And why are you posting this on Slashdot? They use Perl to handle HTTP traffic! You really need to use a website developed in C. It's the green thing to do.

Re:Javascript is evil (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295378)

It uses ~5% on this modest CPU. That's about 1 watt (give or take).

So playing that game uses far less energy than reading with a very efficient light bulb.

Your perspective is not realistic.

Re:Javascript is evil (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295386)

Who shit in your Cheerios this morning?

Question for the lawyers.... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32295338)

One lingering questions about this: Did Google have to get permission from copyright holders to make this game? I'm assuming that it would be a no-brainer to let google create this game, because anyone with a financial interest in the game would certainly welcome a free ad of this magnitude, but what are the rights of Namco, et. al. regarding this now 30 year old game? Do they still "own" the game-proper? What about the soundtrack?

This is awesome! (3, Insightful)

Dorkmaster Flek (1013045) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295380)

The kicker is there's even a kill screen after stage 255. That's some serious dedication right there.

Problem with the CoolPreview addon (1)

Antiocheian (859870) | more than 4 years ago | (#32295388)

Some people think it's a virus :) [mozilla.com]

I've seen a Firefox/iGoogle setup with CoolPreview and indeed the music is audible but the game is not to be seen in iGoogle which would lead to justifiable speculation from some users.

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