So, I’ll go ahead and say that my favorite arcade game of all time is Pac-Man, hands down…no question about it. However, upon reading an article on Mashable’s website it appears I’m not the only one that likes the Classic Game. Maybe people don’t like it as MUCH as I do, but after a release of Google’s staggering figures from the day it used an interactive Pac-Man game on the search-engine’s main page, it consumed quite a large amount of time.
4,819,352 hours. That’s right… almost 5 million hours of Pac-Man was played collectively during the short time that it was creatively used on Google.com last week.
You have to wonder just how many of those 5 million users were employees, just wasting time all day long to get away from the job. Pretty good escape if you ask me! Not only that, but I’m sure all kinds of kids in schools and colleges (myself, included) would take a few minutes here and there to play a game or two.
The websites logo has since been restored to its default look but if you somehow missed the time-consuming homepage, fear not! You can make up for all the time you were actually doing something productive, by going to http://www.google.com/pacman and even better you can also download the game.
Mashable also featured some research conducted by a blog named RescueTime, that assumed the average employee made $25/hr (Really?!) which added up to a total of $120,483,800 that was potentially lost because people were having too much fun on their favorite search engine.