Did Google’s Pac-Man Logo Cost Society $120,483,800?


Posted May 26, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Google Debuts First Playable Doodle

Last week, Google did a seemingly nice thing in making their logo into a playable version of Pac-Man to celebrate the insatiable yellow guy's 30th birthday. I say seemingly, because Google's reckless "fun" may have cost the world economy over $120 million. In these times of great economic upheaval, can we afford to honor Pac-Man? I say, no!

Pac-Man brought down Capitalism because workers all over the world took a couple moments away from their drudgery to play the game when they should have been filing TPS reports. Here's the breakdown of numbers from Time Management blog Rescue Time:

  • 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.

This news should shock and apall you... unless you happen to feel that Google was actually adding 4,819,352 hours of awesome to an otherwise uninspiring day on Earth...If you want to continue stealing from your employers (time theft is THEFT!) the Google doodle is still around and still playable.

Did Google’s Pac-Man Logo Cost Society $120,483,800?


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