Google Costs World Economy Millions w/Pac-Man! (But Not Really)

Posted: May 25, 2010 in Current Events, Miscellaneous
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So Google put up a Pac-Man game on its homepage over the past weekend in honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary.  And somebody else decided to calculate how much the game time and money was wasted as a result:

Google’s Pacman Doodle Devoured 4.8 Million Hours Of Our Time: REPORT

While such calculations are fun for math nerds (oh wait, I’M a math nerd!)….er….I mean, for us really cool mathematically inclined folks, demonstrating how quickly small amounts can multiply to huge amounts, such stories do need to be taken with a grain of salt.  The only way productivity/time/money would truly be lost is if instead of playing the Pac-Man game on Google, people would have been doing actual work.  The fact of the matter is no one is ever 100% productive in a workday.  Heck, many people who hit the Google website probably were doing so for the specific purpose of finding something to waste time for a bit.  Just in this case, they didn’t have to use the search function to find that something!

The real mystery is how the heck did I avoid Google for a whole 48 hours and miss this entirely?  Fortunately Google has hooked up those of us who missed our Pac-Man fix.  Just click on the link below and hit the “Insert Coin” button.  And remember to watch out for your boss!


  1. I went to google to search something, after 20 minutes of Pac Man I completely forgot what I was going to do… :/

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