So, Pac-Man turned 30 today. While I’m not quite that old, I do remember playing Pac-Man on library computers roughly 12 years ago. As Google so often does, it changed it’s logo to a Pac-Man stylized Google. As Google has never done before, they turned the “doodle” into a playable one. So, when you go to the Google homepage, you are greeted by Pac-Man sounds, sirens, and flashing colors, with a little mac-man (or Mrs. Pac-Man if you find the secret button) controllable with your keyboard. Quite fun and nostalgic. And soon enough, quite irritating.
What surprised me is the sheer number of people who have no idea where the sounds are coming from, yet instantly identify them as “Pac-Man”. Congrats Namco for creating possibly the most universal sound in the computing world. Not even the AIM closing door sound is as recognized.