Due to overwhelming popularity, Google has announced that its interactive 30th anniversary Pac-Man doodle has earned a permanent spot on Google.com. From now on, whenever you need a Pac-Man fix just point your browser to Google.com/pacman and you can enjoy the search giant's version of this iconic video game any time you like.
While you've been able to find online versions of Pac-Man for years, Google users were thrilled to find a working version of the video game designed as Google's logo on Friday.
Google posted the home page doodle in celebration of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, and the game was only supposed to remain available for 48 hours. But enthusiastic user feedback to "Pac-Google" inspired the search giant to rethink its plans.
Numerous sites popped up offering free downloads of Google's Pac-Man for those who wanted to keep their own copy once Google took the game offline.
When Namco and Midway games introduced Pac-Man to North America in 1980 it quickly became a fixture in American popular culture. Pac-Man inspired numerous video game spin-offs, board games, lunch boxes, a Saturday morning cartoon and several versions for home video game systems.
Despite the overwhelming user reaction to Google's 30th anniversary doodle, I have no doubt Pac-Man fever will start receding over the next few days.
But never fear, once this version of Pac-Man is forgotten, I also have no doubt it will live on as fodder for those always popular articles detailing Google's best Easter Eggs of all time.