Pacman

Google doodles Pac-Man for 30th anniversary

May 21, 2010: 11:57 AM ET

The first Google Doodle you can actually play celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of America's first video game icons.

Update: Google being Google has an Easter Egg in the app.  Hit 'insert coin' button twice and get a 2nd player Miss Pac-Mac who someone else can control with the "ADSW" keys. (Thanks Deep Blue!)

Pac-Man was launched on May 22, 1980 in Japan. In October of that same  year, it came to America and was an instant hit -- America's first blockbuster mainstream videogame.

Hard to believe that was 30 years ago.

Pac-Man has the highest brand awareness (94%)of any video game character among American consumers, according to the Davie-Brown Index and the game is still popular today. More

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