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Google's 'Pac-Man View' Is No Prank

Users really can play arcade game on the world's streets

(Newser) - Google has long enjoyed April Fools' Day fun, but unlike Google Nose and Gmail Motion , the new Pac-Man Street View feature is not a prank—unless the joke is on people who've lost hours munching dots around the world. Desktop users of Google Maps can click an icon to... More »

MoMA's New Masterpiece: Pac-Man

Museum acquires 14 video games, will display them in gallery

(Newser) - Are video games art? "They sure are," writes Museum of Modern Art senior curator Paola Antonelli in a blog post today, announcing that the museum has acquired 14 video games spanning much of the history of the form for display in its prestigious galleries. Nor is this a... More »

Google's Pac-Man Doodle Cost $120M in Lost Work

Playable logo sucked up 5M working hours

(Newser) - Google's playable Pac-Man doodle left the world's bosses short-changed to the tune of $120 million last week, according to Tony Wright, maker of productivity tracking software Rescue Time . Wright calculates that the game caused users—most of whom, presumably, were at work and supposed to be doing something besides munching... More »

30 Years Later, Pac-Man's Influence Endures

Arcade legend celebrates its birthday tomorrow

(Newser) - Today's teenage gamers probably aren't big on Pac-Man, but they might want to give thanks tomorrow as the arcade icon turns 30, writes Daniel Terdiman for CNET . It just may be the most influential video game of all time. Yeah, titles like Pong came first, but Pac-Man, with its deceptive... More »

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