A playable ... logo
? That's exactly what web giant Google has today, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man
's Japanese release. The doodle (Google's term for its event and holiday-specific logos
) is accessible on its main page
and is a full 255-level game complete with a 256th level "kill screen
," just like the original coin-op.
The interactive doodle -- a first for Google -- is the brainchild of senior user experience designer Marcin Wichary, whose earliest exposure to Pac-Man
came at age five while traveling across his native Poland with his father, a game technician, to repair arcade machines. Wichary worked with Google doodler (yes, it's a real job) Ryan Germick to create the finished design.
So, for today at least, you can tell your boss: "I may be browsing the web and playing a game, but I'm also being part of something historic
Note: Joystiq assumes no responsibility for any repercussions that result from playing Google's Pac-Man doodle at work.