My father worked as an arcade game and pinball technician when I was a kid, and it was the best job I could have ever imagined

Traveling through Polish seaside communities in search of seasonal arcades meant free games, peeping inside cabinets to discover programming and technical secrets.

PAC-MAN was one of my all-time favorite video games, and its appeal cut beyond national boundaries at the time. At a time when space shooters were all the rage

the first games designed to appeal to a wider audience, thanks to its cute story about a pizza-shaped character gobbling up dots in a maze, its colorful (literally!) characters,

For PAC-30th MAN's birthday, we've created the first-ever playable Google doodle in honor of the iconic video game character.

In order to play this game, you must visit google.com for the next 48 hours and either press the "Insert Coin" button or wait for a few seconds to see what happens.

When I collaborated with Google doodler Ryan Germick on this reimagining of PAC-MAN, we included the original game logic, images, and noises as well as the ghosts' individual personalities.

It would make sense for PAC-MAN to be featured on the homepage of Google. Both of them appear to be quite simple on the surface, but a closer examination reveals .