Google has a proud tradition of modifying their logo image to commemorate special occasions, but for the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, they've gone from image manipulation to game creation.
Pac-Man was released in Japan on May 22, 1980. Back then you'd regularly find arcades packed with players eager to guide the pizza-faced hero through his mazes. Nowadays you can play Pac-Man on just about everything, including the Google logo.
The mini version of Pac-Man has all the bells and whistles of the original game, though the maze has undergone a few changes of course, including the addition of a fifth power pellet in the G.
You can even team up with a friend by hitting the "Insert Coin" button a second time, busting ghosts with the aid of Ms. Pac-Man!
According to a Google press release, this was all the work of two men.
"To pay the homage that Pac-Man deserves as a ground-breaking innovation in the gaming world, Google equipped the doodle with many unique characteristics from the original Pac-Man game. From preserving the distinct personalities of the ghosts Inky (blue: fickle), Blinky (red: chaser), Pinky (pink: ambusher) and Clyde (orange: slow) to re-creating programming bugs from the original game like a "kill screen" on level 256, Sr. User Experience designer at Google, Marcin Wichary, along with Google doodler, Ryan Germick, remained as faithful to the spirit of Pac-Man as possible."
I'll say. This could be the best Google logo manipulation ever created. Check it out for yourself!
And no, I'm not giving you a link. Google it.