Distraction of the Day: You Can Now Play Pac-Man on Google Maps

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Google is celebrating April Fool’s Day a little early.

A new option on Google Maps lets you turn the world into a playable game of Pac-Man.

From the support page:

Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.

You can plan anywhere with enough streets by clicking the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, but Google also offers some clues to the best locations where a special Pac-Man marker has already been place.

  • Don’t drop the ball on the eve of your victory!
  • Triumph is délicieux.
  • Does a Galaxian bonus await at the top of those 272 steps?
  • Chomp your way to independence down seven lanes of July.
  • PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN can’t agree on which side is prettier: the American or the Canadian. Which side do you fall on, eh?
  • After a chat with the Sphinx, PAC-MAN sounds more like “Dokki Dokki”.
  • Pause game play to admire Chagall’s stained glass windows and have a bit of chocolate.
  • Can you score 10^(10^100) points?
  • Whether they’re flashing blue or sporting their natural colors, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are always kakkoii. Even Vogue agrees they’re living in the trendiest of neighborhoods.
  • Previous PAC-MAN lives don’t get to rest in a white marble mausoleum.
  • Head to the valley of the sun and earn your grade in the art of the game.
  • How well can you navigate the radiating streets of the distrito federal?
  • Victory is like gothic glockenspiel musik to our ears.
  • Pay special attention to Blinky – he might blend in with the dreaming red kangaroos!
  • You’ll find the Beach PAC-MAN World Cup here before long.

You can expect the entire Internet to be flooded with April Fool’s Day pranks like this on Wednesday.

It says the game will only be available for a limited time, but hopefully they decide to keep the Pac-Man hack as a permanent option.

It’s like the new movie “Pixels,” only in real life.

Youtube's April Fool's Prank WINs the Internet Today

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Youtube decided on the auspicious day of April 1st to begin announcing the nominees for their "Best Video on Youtube," award. Eligible nominees include every single Youtube video that has ever been uploaded. Click the above video to tune in to their live stream of nominee announcements, which transcends the absurd.

April Fools WINs

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In fine form, Youtube announces a Netflix-style DVD subscription service for April 1st. There's more WINning pranks from yesterday's April Fools tomfoolery right here:

Think Geek displays their new Wizard Robe accessory. Meanwhile, gaming accessory company Razer announces a set of goggles that will give you a HUD that will display gamer statistics in real time.

In more extravagant news, Virgin would like to take you to the center of the earth (with Seth Green and will.i.am of course). The unholy relationship between Google and Nascar is finally revealed: Start your engines! Sony announces their itty-bitty quarter-sized laptop (which will undoubtedly cost four times more than other products of its type).

Google continues their nigh-endless series of jokes by announcing a multi-tasking browser and a Morse-code enabled texting service (it's more efficient, really!).

Oh, and WestJet wants to make sure that you never fly with children in your cabin ever again.

As always, half of these pranks would be totally amazing if they were actually real. Have any more fun April 1st news and stories? Let us know in the comments!

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