Converged communications can make life easier, no doubt about it. Sometimes, though, new technology forms just make everything a little more goofy. Google illustrates that with its latest April Fool’s surprise – an embedded version of the arcade classic Pac-Man within Google Maps. (For those who aren’t familiar with the Pac-World, Google provides some handy information here.) Prepare for minutes on end to vanish from your day after discovering this.
So, how to turn your favorite spot into a ghost-packed labyrinth? It’s pretty simple. Just place the Google Maps screen in an area that you’d like to launch the game, and then click the Pac-Man icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. (The game requires a fairly sizable network of roads, so if there aren’t enough highways and byways in your chosen zone, you’ll be prompted to select another location.) Then, get ready to use those arrow keys, munch some power pellets, and grab a few bonuses – including Google placemark icons – along the way.
Just for fun, I’ve included a screenshot of a virtual map familiar to converged communicators, the west side of FSCJ South Campus. Try to maneuver your way up and down the parking lot and through the tricky space between the M2 and M3 buildings – it’s a lot harder than it looks.