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Google Pac-Man doodle 'cost economy $120 million'

 
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Google Pac-Man doodle 'cost economy $120 million'
Animated Google logo designed to mark Pac-Man's 30th birthday caused millions of dollars in lost productivity, according to one analyst

By Claudine Beaumont, Technology Editor
Published: 2:56PM BST 25 May 2010

The playable Pac-Man Google doodle led to almost five million wasted hours and cost the economy around $120 million dollars, according to Rescue Time Photo: Google

The launch of Google's animated Pac-Man doodle last Friday led to almost five million wasted hours and cost the economy around $120 million dollars, according to Tony Wright, founder of Rescue Time, a tool that enables businesses to measure how time and attention is being spent.

He estimated that Google had around 505 million unique users on the day the Pac-Man Google Doodle went live, and that the game consumed 4,819,352 hours of employee time, costing the economy an estimated $120,483,800.

"For that same cost, you could hire all 19,385 Google employees," wrote Wright in a blog post. "That includes Larry and Sergey, right down to the janitors. You could hire them for six weeks – imagine what you could build with that army of manpower."

Internet users were delighted to discover the animated Pac-Man doodle on Google's home page last Friday. The doodle, which marked the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man's release, was Google's first interactive logo. Web users could play the game by clicking "Insert coin". Clicking the "Insert coin" button twice allowed players to participate in a two-player game, with one of the Pac-Men controlled using the arrow keys on the keyboard, and the other, by clicking W, S, A and D. The game remained online for 48 hours before the Google doodle reverted to the usual logo.

Marissa Mayer, vice president of user experience at Google, said the company had been "overwhelmed, but not surprised" by the reception given to the Pac-Man doodle.

"Due to popular demand, we're making it permanently available at google.com/pacman," she said.

[link to www.telegraph.co.uk]
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Tptb gonna sue google? lol
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+ 1 more wasted hour. Thanks OP :-)
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Re: "lost productivity" are they sure people wouldn't have just taken a longer coffee break or something else? I don't think games get all the credit for people's myriad ways of goofing off.
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I just spent the last two hours adjusting my screen saver...
Poor people do poor people things, and rich people do rich people things.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

when you rob Paul to give to Peter ... ... ... you will always get Peters support!

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Re: "lost productivity" are they sure people wouldn't have just taken a longer coffee break or something else? I don't think games get all the credit for people's myriad ways of goofing off.
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That reminds me, it's almost 5:00 PM so I guess my lunch break is over...
Poor people do poor people things, and rich people do rich people things.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

when you rob Paul to give to Peter ... ... ... you will always get Peters support!

:Brieffromnativea:
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Re: Google Pac-Man doodle 'cost economy $120 million'
Cool. Jews found another way to steal time from gentiles. (Google is jewish run).

Books, then music, then movies, television, porn, phone sex, video games, cable news and most recently, the internet. See who profits from "mass entertainment". The activities are positioned as "higher culture" and civilization, but check with your jewish friends. See how many of their kids own a video game console.

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Please get new briefs BRIEF AND TO THE POINT.
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