Over the past few weeks, you might have been greeted with the Google PAC-MAN game whenever you visited Google.com. The game was cute, enticing and annoying at its best, however, according to some reports from the RescueTime blog, over the span of 48 hours users spent a total of 4.82 million hours playing the game, which cost us $120 million+ in total.
According to the study done by RescueTime, an average user usually spends 4 and a half minutes on Google with 22 page views on an average with each page view timed to 11 seconds. However, according to the data they have the average user spent 36 seconds more on last Friday, the day the Google PAC-MAN game went live.
Some of the intriguing stats from their study includes the following:
- Google Pac-Man consumed 4,819,352 hours of time (beyond the 33.6m daily man hours of attention that Google Search gets in a given day)
- $120,483,800 is the dollar tally, If the average Google user has a COST of $25/hr (note that cost is 1.3 2.0 X pay rate).
- For that same cost, you could hire all 19,835 google employees, from Larry and Sergey down to their janitors, and get 6 weeks of their time. Imagine what you could build with that army of man power.
- $298,803,988 is the dollar tally if all of the Pac-Man players had an approximate cost of the average Google employee.
So how long did you spend playing PAC-MAN on Google? Oh and by the way you can continue playing the Google PAC-MAN game at its new home.
Ok I might have been going on and on about the Google PAC-MAN Doodle, however, earlier today I wrote a post about fixing the continuous PAC-MAN music playing in Firefox and wanted to add in some final clarifications to it.
Many users may have thought that the bug was actually because of Google, however, the folks behind CoolPreviews, which was causing the issue have now clarified through a comment that the issue was actually on their end.
Here is what the Cool Previews team had to say about the issue (emphasis added by me):
So What Happened?
The bug came about through today’s Google’s homepage, which automatically starts a Pac Man game after 5 seconds. We had an old line of code from an experimental build that would load up the Google homepage in the background. We have now removed that code. Previously, Google did not have any music on their page. So, obviously, today’s debut Google’s mighty ghosts of Pac-Man really gobbled us up!
Again, we apologize for the craziest bug we’ve ever experienced! Super thanks to all our users for hanging in there!
For now disabling the plugin on Firefox or updating the plugin to the newer version will solve the issue. Hope this puts an end to this issue once and for all :-).
I have been talking a lot about the recent Google PAC-MAN Doodle which was cute when it started out but has gradually turned out to be a real pain in the rear for several users specially those who are using Firefox.
Now this would not be an issue but since Google has decided to run this doodle for 48 hours people may still go crazy till then. Earlier today, I wrote a piece on how you can mute the Google PAC-MAN Doodle, however that issue is not fool proof.
On another post where I wrote about the Google Doodle PAC-MAN annoyance, several users are complaining that when they use Firefox the annoying PAC-MAN music won’t go away even when they close the Google.com tab.
However, on the same post several commentators also posted a workaround, however, this involves disabling a particular Firefox add-on called CoolPreviews. This solution is definitely not something one would have to do because of an annoying website, however, according to the commentators, this will definitely fix the issue.
Hopefully, Google should be hearing this loud and clear, probably louder and clearer than the annoying sound of the PAC-MAN game and make sure to test things very well, or at the least provide users an option to turn or mute the sound.
Thanks for the solution Bryan.
Right now there is no official way to turn down the Google PAC-MAN Doodle off or to mute the sound, but here are few ways in which you can actually avoid or stop the PAC-MAN sound from annoying you. Please note that, these solutions might not entirely turn off the sound, but it may help nevertheless.
- Switch to using I Google (http://www.google.com/ig) for the next 48 hours instead of the regular Google homepage.
- Use your browser address bar to perform searches, works in IE8, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari (Make sure your browser default search engine is Google).
- Use the search box in your browser to search.
- Stop using Google and try an alternative search engine for a day or two.
These are the things I could think of to get rid of the annoying Google PAC-MAN sound for time-being. However, if you have your own solutions, please feel free to add to this. I will update this post as and when a definitive solution for turning off the Google PAC-MAN sounds comes up.
Google Doodle’s are often a part of the Google homepage, either to celebrate a great personalities birthday or a great invention. Today’s Google Doodle though is a unique one which celebrates the 30th birthday of PAC-MAN.
What’s so unique about today’s Google Doodle? Well, you can actually play the PAC-MAN game by either using the Insert Coin button next to Google search or waiting for a few seconds. The game also has a Easter egg which is activated when you press the Insert Coin button twice in a game. Once you do that, a new character Ms. PAC-MAN will enter the game.
Another unique thing about today’s doodle is that, instead of the usual 24 hours, this doodle will be displayed to users for the next 48 hours.
However, I must warn you that keeping the Google.com page open for long can kind of annoy you since there is no stop button anywhere to close or pause the game, so make sure you go to Google to search :-P.
Rest aside, I have always been a big PAC-MAN fan and have played the game on arcades, consoles and even on an emulator. So my hearty birthday wishes to the little guy.