Google’s Birthday Surprise Spinner Games May Cost Economy $2.3 Billion

There are several free games on google to keep a person entertained for hours.  Google is turning 19 years old and to celebrate they are bringing some fun games back.

There are two ways you can access the games.  You would spin the Wheel-of-Fortune like spinning wheel and play the game it lands on, or you could google search the name of the game.

There are 19 doodle games for the 19th birthday of Google.

Nineteen years ago, two grad students from Stanford used their mathematical curiosity on the World Wide Web, which eventually became Google.

Google is now a $650-billion company, and it is celebrating by bringing favorite games back like cricket doodle, tic-tac-toe, and hip-hop doodle.

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  1. Pac-Man: Google originally produced this doodle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic game. The result? A company that monitors employee productivity said the game cost a whopping $120 million in lost earnings and 4.82 million hours in lost productivity because workers were, well, playing this game.
  2. Animated Beethoven: In honor of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th birthday, Google put together a musical adventure: Get Beethoven to the symphony hall on a day that was not one of his best. (Even savants can step in gunk.) Doesn’t sound all that enthralling? You have to put bits from within the composer’s iconic pieces, like his Fifth Symphony, in the proper order before time runs out.
  3. Snake: Google is bringing back ancient ways of procrastinating today. In a snazzed-up version of the game popular in the pre-smartphone age, you can try to get a snake—now in color! (blue)—to eat red apples.
  4. Magic Halloween: Honestly, it’s got wands, and magic, and black cats, and well, is reminiscent of Harry Potter. To celebrate the dress-up holiday last year, Google put together a catventure where a spunky, cute feline (Momo) defeats ghosts in a room that feels like an animated version of the Hogwarts library.
  5. Galapagos Islands: This is less of a game and more of a visually stunning immersive experience, but if you’re jonesing for some intellectual fun and incredible 360° views, then this “game” is worth spinning for.

Software company RescueTime famously alleged the cost to the economy playing Pac-Man at 4.8 million hours of lost productivity. Multiplying Pac-Man’s cost of $120 million by the 19 games available on Google’s birthday spinner means $2.3 billion of productivity will be lost.

 

 

 

 

 

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