On May 21st, the folks at Google decided to celebrate the little yellow dude’s anniversary in a very big way: by embedding a playable Google Doodle. The Doodle allowed you to play Pac-Man to your heart’s content throughout the day. It was such a hit that the game remains playable on Google.
One woman wasn’t quite as amused by the tribute as we were. Apparently, she had trouble studying because the game kept playing itself in the background. The sounds were distracting her to the point that she called tech support – either from her ISP or computer manufacturer.
It’s a good thing the tech person on the phone was well aware of the Google celebration. I cannot imagine the hilarity that would have ensued if he didn’t know anything about it. When you hear the silences on his end, you can’t help but wonder if he was busy gobbling up monsters himself.
Several months ago, Google asked kids from all over the place to submit their Doodles of the Google logo in a contest. That contest has now been narrowed down to ten semi-finalists in each of four age categories. It’s up to you to help choose the winners in each age-range – and the overall national winner!
For the first time ever, Google is heading straight to classrooms all across the United States as part of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Throughout the school day on May 18, 2010, Googlers are visiting the schools of their top 40 Regional Finalists! The judging panel is a group of “Expert Jurors” – well-known illustrators, cartoonists and animators from organizations like Disney, The Sesame Street Workshop, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts and Pixar Animation Studios. All of the judges will attending the awards ceremony in New York City so that they can meet the talented kids.
Online voting is open from May 18, 2010 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) to May 25, 2010 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The winning doodle will be featured on the Google.com homepage on May 27, 2010. This is a huge honor for someone so young. I’ve already voted in each of the categories, and I hope you will, as well. I was shocked to see how truly talented these kids are… and at so young of an age! I can’t even draw stick figures properly, and I’m old!