Pac-Man Eats Up Productivity

Last week’s playable Pac-Man game on Google’s home page (permanently playable here, by the way) may have been awesome for those nostalgic about playing the game – the iconic video game turned 30 last week – but it sure did sap the productivity out of the day for most.

A report by software firm Rescue Time (developers of time-tracking software) revealed that nearly 5 million hours of work time was eaten up by the little guy.  Totally awesome in one way, not so much in another.

Admittedly, I played it for a spell once I came across the page.  I was obviously not alone.  How many WorkAwesome readers chased Clyde and the gang around?

UPDATE: The dollar value is in. Whoa.

Mike Vardy an editor on Work Awesome. We could tell you where his personal productivity parody site, Eventualism and all of his other projects reside on the web, but you'd be best served going to and following the trail of virtual bread crumbs from there.


  1. Tristan Rineer on the 25th May

    I definitely had to play it for a while too. It kills my productivity almost as much as reading articles from various blogs I like to follow…

  2. travis trout on the 25th May

    I played it for a while – so hard to resist. Luckily was my day off so I could “afford” some playing time – but on the other hand would have been nice to catch up on some reading. 🙂

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