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It’s the original Pac-man I’m writing about (not a boxer’s monicker) which Google merited an anniversary GoogleDoodle in animated .png format. What a nice morning surprise!
Next to Tetris, I still have a couple of Pac-man versions installed in my computer which I call upon every now and then to officially divert me from ‘work’, a carry-over from the PC days. I hope I’m not alone in this, what with the vast selection of available games for today’s hardware.
Particularly interesting is the story about how its creator, Toru Iwatani, targeted females for this game after establishing the main character’s “look” inspired by an order of pizza minus one slice:
Now that he had the look, he needed that special something to attract his target audience. After listening to girls talk to one another, Iwatani determined that food and eating would be the way to get the fairer sex interested in arcade games. (REF: Top 100 Game Creators)
Google never ceases to surprise its visitors, and with today’s animated, PLAYABLE doodle, it sure does know how to make each user go back to when computing and computer use was basic and fun. The doodle goes live for 48 hours, after which I hope they archive it like they do their easter eggs and all other commemorative doodles.
An insanely fun Friday!
Toru Iwatani, creator
Wired.com has a Q&A article on Toru Iwatani, Pac-man’s creator, in which, besides confirming the game’s intended target, also gives an insight into Japanese culture:
…Japanese youngsters really wanted “ghost” type characters — not necessarily modeled on creatures, but things that don’t really exist in this world. Even within animation, they want characters that are the products of the writer’s imaginations. In North America at the time, the games were about car races or warfare. They wanted games that simulated the real world, whereas Japan wanted otogibanashi (fairy tales).
Also, when you look at Japanese games, the characters may be deformed in such a way that their heads are half of their total height. This was not popular in the U.S., as you know, they wanted real proportional humans. In Japan, dolls like Hello Kitty are deformed into a different shape, into an animal that doesn’t really exist. The dolls in the U.S. would be a real cat… (REF: Q&A: Pac-Man Creator Reflects on 30 Years of Dot-Eating, Wired.com)
And if Google’s commemorative, playable doodle isn’t enough of a gift, Pac-man’s Japanese site offers a lot of Pac-man goodies, too. My favorites are :
 The Pac-man Hallmark birthday card
Product Name: Birthday Card Publisher: HALLMARK CARD, INC (U.S.)
Release Date: July Price 2008: US $ 4.99 (U.S.)
Location: USA, Canada only Size: W15.5, H14 (cm)
 The Pac-man Wine Glass set with Cork coaster (Made in France)
 The Pac-Man Limited Collection Leather Wallet (I like the red one)
 The Pac-Man T Glass Beads and Prism by Kohei Nawa
 The Pac-Man T by Kentaro Kobuke
See the commemorative collection here. And this is just the 30th year.
And lastly, about the animated, interactive Google Pac-man doodle
“…Today, on PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday, you can rediscover some of your 8-bit memories—or meet PAC-MAN for the first time—through our first-ever playable Google doodle. To play the game, go to google.com during the next 48 hours (because it’s too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the “Insert Coin” button or just wait for a few seconds.
Google doodler Ryan Germick and I made sure to include PAC-MAN’s original game logic, graphics and sounds, bring back ghosts’ individual personalities, and even recreate original bugs from this 1980’s masterpiece…”
(Source: Googleblog|Celebrating Pac-man’s 30th Birthday)
He adds (emphasis mine):
“We also added a little easter egg: if you throw in another coin, Ms. PAC-MAN joins the party and you can play together with someone else (PAC-MAN is controlled with arrow keys or by clicking on the maze, Ms. PAC-MAN using the WASD keys).”
Now if they only did the same when Google commemorated Tetris.
- Official site: Pacman.com
- Pacman 30 Years Anniversary site [Japanese] with downloadable artworks
- Pacman Facebook page
- GoogleBlogs about the Pac-man anniversary
- DOWNLOAD the game and play offline (no audio).
Play Pac-man online
I AM A LATE COMER to blogging but a frenetic early-bird at signing up for services.
It wasn’t until I had the chance to explore the various functions of the blog hosts and saw how blogs affect the internet users (those who are either targeted or spend time to read, that is) did I get more serious about utilizing blogs for, well, whatever, really.
It takes time and attention to get to know the different blog hosts. I am currently down to two, WordPress being one of them (e.g. this site). I have other blogs here at WordPress and is the blog host of choice when my friend and I finally seized the opportunity to take our volunteer workshop activity further by tutoring a youth group organizer and his members up in the mountains of Ifugao the wonders of blogging. Thus his online presence came to life with PrYSociety in June.
Back to blogging. Developers have made blog tools very easy to use and navigate so much so that the users often take the technology for granted; moreso the fact that there are people behind these tools who actually make things roll for the user as fast and pain-free as possible. (That’s not counting providing a beautiful experience, which, of course, is an understatement.)
When I heard that WordCamp Philippines was finally going to happen, I thought, “How cool is that?”, but backtracked a bit. I was afraid this was to be one gathering of nerds and geeks that would either freak out the regular MMPORG ‘net cafe habitué or alienate the rest of the basic-MS Word-user community. (I am neither a geek/ette, nor an MMPORG-er and am a very basic MS Word user, so.)
Yet I was excited about this. Totally. How often do we host a tech-related gathering since the Philippines went online back in, what, the early 1990s? Yeah, that was when the computer penetration rate was in the 3-digit thousands, but even then, we had, I believe, the most number of active ISPs anywhere in Southeast Asia and including South Korea.
(Courtesy of bloggingpro.com)
So, since the time that BB and DOS-powered chats and the IBM vs. IBM-compatible groupies evolved into tech gurus of today, we have hosted open-source conferences and established active groups that are still around (Bluepoint as an example), a technology-cum-design conference with no other than Joshua Davis rocking the house, plus other several important conferences.
However, most of these gatherings were selective and group-specific (i.e. telecommunications, network servers and engineers, open-source educational developers, hardware and gadget gawkers and tweakers, etc.) In spite of this, though, we, the erstwhile ‘texting capital’ of the world, became sidelined, often skipped or sometimes almost forgotten in favor of our neighbors who started to catch up and made use of the internet to full/er advantage and, really, had the money to lay down infrastructure while every wired Filipino was crawling, surviving IRC via the expensive dial-up service for some time.
So, what else makes this conference exciting? For me, it’s the fact that the kernel of WordCamp originated not in Manila but in Mindanao, ironically that part of the archipelago where computer-to-user ratio is lowest and electrified communities sparse. Another is the visit by Matt Mullenweg, no less, discussing issues and ways and means by which blogging and WP can be more of a proactive tool every internet user can make use of. (That’s him in a WP shirt, above, by the way. Image: http://www.bloggingpro.com/).
So, not only will there be a convergence of Pinoy bloggers from the three main islands regardless of category, belief and social strata telling their stories through blogs, but the guy himself huddling with everyone else on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at the CSB in Taft Avenue in Manila. And, of course, there’s the fact that the preceding camp was in San Francisco, USA, and, hopefully that this year’s will roll out vintage WP t-shirts and cool mugs to the attendees like in last year’s (not sure about the vintage shirt design, but they did have shirts alright).
Attendance is free. Again, coolness! So much in keeping with the spirit of open-source and openness. WordCamp 2008 is made possible by the blog believers below whose staff and members the attendees would likely meet as well:
- i.PH: the Domain for Individuals
- Free Online Flash Games
- Wazzup Manila Philippines
- Real Estate CRM
- Real Estate Website Designers
- Orange County Real Estate
- Auto Insurance Quotes
- Lane Systems Inc.
- Orange County Business Lawyer
- Cebu Pacific Air
- Buddy Gancenia Reality TV
- SmartBro Wireless Broadband
- Make Money with Performancing Ads
23 July 2008 UPDATE:
If you want the maroon shirt above (or its royal blue version), click on the image or register.
13 August 2008 UPDATE 2:
The final Schedule can be viewed here.
Matthew Inman is a web virtuoso. Very few citizens who populate the web in one form, type or other is as savvy as he: a designer, a developer, a CTO (that’s: Chief Technology Officer — which makes him a Technologist, too, I guess), a web marketer, “Linkbait Developer & Viral Marketer” (his words) and, above all, a web artiste.
How else can one capture a whole virtual concept into a simple visual and be beautiful and understood without the pain of complex processing information?
But isn’t that what masters do: squeeze out the philosophy effortlessly, then show the nuggets in the palm of their hands?
Posted and seen two days ago (08 July 2008). Blogged today.
Beautiful, isn’t it?.
Matthew Inman’s Summer.