The new Google Doodle celebrates that classic vintage arcade game, which also inspired this year’s original Google Doodle, “Pac Man”. As you can see in the video below, it’s an updated edition of the 1980s nostalgia-infused tech doodle for “Pac Man” fans from all over the world.
The first thing they notice is the bright colors, since those were what became synonymous with the Atari 2600 gaming system. Then there are the characters themselves, with some of them sporting the same distinctive style as their cartoon counterparts while others have more playful looks. Some look like old cartoons while others bear resemblance to comic book heroes. There are also a few interesting settings such as one where you could control monsters using your computer keyboard or even play games on TV sets. You even get to keep it in case they show up again.
“When we created these images, we wanted us to stay true to both the history and the technology behind this beloved gameplay but to take things to heart with our fanbases who loved playing the game when they did in the 80s,” said Eric Stein, General Manager at Google Doodle Studio. “You can now enjoy watching how people around the world still play it long after it disappeared into memory!”
On top of simply being fun or lighthearted, the digital version also gives back to the arcade origins of its setting by featuring some elements from games played in the early 2000s. For example, it uses many similar characters from Sega classics including Sonic and Mega Games and takes inspiration from games from other games like Metal Gear Solid, Batman & Robin and Final Fantasy, among others. But the most striking change is the graphics, which look much better than the original. Pacman 30th aniversary
The official Twitter page for Google Doodle Studios (@GmoDoDoStudio) added the following caption: “Our Doodle pays homage to another great 80s console. Happy Birthday, Pong!”
Although the image had received negative reactions to date due to the lack of diversity (aside from the character likenesses being mostly men), it’s certainly not the end of good vibes. With just a small click on the icon that pops up out of nowhere, we have access to plenty of fun. A single tap provides a plethora of games. There’s Pac-Man with his trademark sunglasses. Or maybe it’d be Jaws. In fact, there’s something else too. Check out the rest of the Doodles in this post!
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