Paying tribute to the 30th anniversary of? the arcade game classic PAC-MAN, Google have put up their first-ever playable Google doodle on the search homepage.
To play the game, go to google.com/google.co.uk during the next 48 hours (a day longer than usual because � as Google explains � "it's too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the "Insert Coin" button or just wait for a few seconds.
Toru Iwatani, in 1979, created Pac-Man as a young Namco designer, and perhaps unknowingly began the Pac-fever, which hasn't necessarily stopped in today's video game world of realistic game play and high tech graphics.
And even back in the 80s when home video game consoles like Atari and Nintendo made their way into the consumers' market and arcades' bad reputation of being unsafe places, Pac-Man faced difficult competition but remained strong and popular. In the 90's, two-player fighting games like Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat threatened its popularity, but kids waiting their turn or roaming around through the machines always seemed to make their way to a Pac-Man machine and fight colored ghosts.
"There's very few other games with so much eating and so little violence," said Jonathan Schnapp, 37, winner of the 2009 Uniqlo Pac-Man Challenge. "Even the ghosts aren't scary ghosts. They're funny ghosts. It's one of those games that never gets boring."