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Google Pac-Man Cost the Economy $120 Million Last Week

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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Google Pac-Man Cost the Economy $120 Million Last Week

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham
on May 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Pac-Man
    Flickr photo by El Gran Héroe Americano

    If you played Google's Pac-Man game last Friday, you were in good company -- about 505 million people worldwide joined in on the fun.

    The game, which went live on May 21 and stayed up for 48 hours in honor of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, took about 4,819,352 hours of employee time, according to an article in the Hindustan Times. In dollars, that is more than $120 million.

    Wow. Too bad no one thought to cash in on this particular wave of nostalgia.

    So, I will admit that I tried it out on Friday myself. And it makes me feel less alone to know that so many others did as well.

    Maybe I'm just a Luddite, but I couldn't enjoy the game without the joystick (and the loud, booming arcade noises with the added bonus of a vague musty urine smell), so I spent about four minutes, if that, before giving up and vowing to play Pac-Man at the local movie theater instead.

    I may be alone in that, though. Because of the game's popularity, Google has opted to make the whole thing permanent. Great. So now our economy can collapse. Because of Pac-Man.

    I am pretty sure this is what all the early 1980s doomsayers were predicting anyway.

    Did you play Pac-Man? Did you enjoy it?

    by on May. 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    PurdueMom
    by Sherri on May. 26, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Oops.  Yes, I did.   My bad....

    Good thing I'm self-employed.  : )

    katy_kay
    by on May. 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM

     nope I didn't play but if I had it wouldn't have cost the economy anything I'm a sahm. 

    mrs_khan07
    by Silver Member on May. 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    I don't google. Ever.

    Mrs. Khan



    PurdueMom
    by Sherri on May. 26, 2010 at 9:24 PM


    Quoting mrs_khan07:

    I don't google. Ever.

    Ever?   ...... Do you Yahoo?  ; )

    Sherri
    Lovingmyboys07
    by New Member on May. 26, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    no, i did not play.

    WImom2
    by Silver Member on May. 26, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Never heard of it until now. Not that it matters I am a sahm, so nothing would have been wasted anyway! LOL

    LokisMama
    by Bronze Member on May. 26, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I did, but I'm unemployed. :-p

    Malapertinent
    by on May. 26, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    This

    Quoting mrs_khan07:

    I don't google. Ever.


    Appeasers believe that
    if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a
    vegetarian


    DangerDarling
    by Fabulous on May. 26, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    I totally played it! It was great.

    ThatTXMom
    by Platinum Member on May. 26, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    I did play it.  And my BOSS is the one who showed it to me!  Thank goodness she is the owner!  LOL

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