May 21, 2010, - 2:36 pm

Google, Pac-Man, and 9/11

By Debbie Schlussel

If you tried to use Google today, you probably noted that the site/company/internet behemoth is celebrating the fact that today is the 30th anniversary of the video game, Pac-Man.  The Google homepage also has a cool online version of the game, and I admit I played.  I had very mild  “Pac-Man Fever” back  in the day and still enjoy playing it on the rare occasion I’m in a place with the retro video game.  Still, is this really cause for celebration?  An old school video game’s anniversary?  Who cares?


I contrast this celebration by Google with the fact that, as I noted back then, the site/company/internet gorilla did NOTHING–absolutely nothing!–to commemorate the 8th anniversary of 9/11, last year.  Competitor search engines, Bing and Dogpile, did commemorate the day and remember the attacks on Americans.  Apparently, to Google, remembering the invention of a passe video game is far more important than remembering Islamic terrorist attacks, which murdered 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil. Why?  Ask Google. No one is asking for a game, just a somber photo in good taste, as Bing did.

And please don’t tell me this is because Google doesn’t recognize countries or ethnicities and their holidays.  Google had a giant green design celebrating this year’s St. Patrick’s Day.  Do you think they thought twice about offending Irish Protestants who wear orange on that day?  Apparently, not.

But recognize one of the most violent–if not the most violent, in terms of lives taken–days in American history, nah.  Google can’t offend Muslims and the politically correct forces that be.

So, let’s focus on more important stuff . . . like the invention of a game most people haven’t played in two decades.  Influential pop culture is one thing.  But Pac-Man’s influence is long gone.  The most famous “Pac-Man” today is a thuggish NFL player who owns a lot of guns and throws money in the air at strip clubs, putting people permanently in wheel-chairs.  And history should trump pop culture.  How sad that to Google it’s the other way around.  A sad reflection on America’s current and more-rapidly escalating downward state.

Happy Birthday, Pac-Man.  I liked you.  I still do.  But 3,000 Americans’ mass murder is more important than you are.

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42 Responses

Well I’m torn by your thoughts on this.

One half says that pacman was a huge deal in terms of videogaming history, and was the first icon of videogames. And by the way, many people STILL play it.

But the other half says that it’s sad that we are supposed to care more about a videogame than the most horrfic act commited against america since pearl harbor.

Now with that said, google has no business even celebrating this. Leave it to the videogame media and people like me.

Squirrel3D on May 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

3,000 Americans? Should read 3,000 “people”, as there were undoubtedly citizens of other nations among those killed. Just sayin, is all.

Graty Slapchop on May 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

And, no . . . I’m not counting the sub-human scum who perpetrated the disaster.

Graty Slapchop on May 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

My mother and I used to have bitter battles over video games. All I wanted to do when we went to the mall was play in Aladdins Castle. Mama didn’t like her little girl hanging out in the arcade. 🙂

As for Google…they have issues. One does not forget the biggest mass murder on our soil. Period.

cirrus1701 on May 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Google a-holes. Guess it’s “hip” to be anti-American.

DS_ROCKS! on May 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm


Optimolololol on May 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Maybe they should honor you being a whore and having sex with your 3000th suitor last night.

Dumb Cunt on May 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Dear D.C. and believe me you truly are. Your D.C. mother must be so very proud of you and the very “articulate” way you have of expressing your thoughts. Now when yo mama needs toilet paper you can roll out your tongue.

    Davida on May 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

“Do you think they thought twice about offending Irish Protestants who wear orange on that day? Apparently, not.”
No we dont…. jeez, St. Patricks Day is an Irish holiday not a Catholic holiday, if you dont know what you’re talking about dont say anything at all

BobBobbington on May 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I’m pretty sure Deb that they had a Menorah up last year.

Chiefscotty24 on May 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Google also forgets Memorial day, on occasion.

Oscar on May 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Google has missed the mark quite often, checkout:

Does Google Hate America? -A brief study of Google Doodles

They really seem to like celebrating the Persian and Chinese New Years… (for some reason..)

David on May 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Whatever. Stop bringing up 9/11, we all know you Jews were the ones who conspired it up.

And Google putting up pictures of 9/11 on its homepage as part of its monthlies? Wouldn’t that be a tad too tactless? Naaaaaaaah, apparently not for you.

OI on May 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Yeah Debbie,

WTC ignored? They’ve only made 20 movies, had thousands of commemorations, bombed the hell out of millions, invaded nations illegally, built memorials, etc. Yeah the world has ignored it. If anything most reasonable people are sick to tired of 9/11-not the haters but intelligent liberal-minded folk!!

Maybe Googel etc. should treat 9/11 like the Jews treat the ‘holocaust’-make it into an industry that Jews can exploit to make money off!!

Just stick to giving blowjobs to Ariel Sharon’s corpse and they world will be a lot better off Ms. Zionazi!

Semitically Incorrect on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

semitically incorrect, one of the that makes it so easy to see who you are is you dont nt hide or camo your beliefs you overtly tell all. you are a jew hater, an Israel hater, an america hater, you deplore the military,conservative values, you are too insecure fight fairly so you think cheap shots and belo the belt tactics are the only way you can be heard and you amplify your positions with toxic anger which goes to the bitter wounded child with in you… you sonnd like an obama voter with bad parents and a frustrated career…how am i doing so far…i recommend therapy before you get married and reproduce not afterwards…it will be better so you dont pass the baton to your kids

hill billy on May 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I am in Canada and had a great childhood- thank you mr 5-cent phsychologist.

I don’t like Obama because he’s too pro-war and fake liberal- but you hate Obama. He is to blame for all your problems and the fact that you now live in a “Communist state”. Right- go to 1970s Russia for that one. No one can make money in America right?

The true haters are you Zionist bitches. If you agree with Debs you are another delusional, backward, intolerant hate-filled Conservative.

BTW, say Hi to Fox News and Pat Robertson for me- LOSER!!!

Semitically Incorrect on May 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

i forgot to add, you are not real good with girls and cant quite figure out why…let me save you some time, you are particulicurly ugly from within, but lack the craftiness and finesse to prevent girls from seeing who you are as soon as you open your mouth…the one thing i will say about you you are smart enough to read debbie reflections of the world…i consider this at least a start, i would rather have you here than somewhere else which could make you even more irredeemable…and prolong your lifes agony further…

hill billy on May 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

sorry to interject in this ridiculously stupid conversation, but since you two haven’t even met, it’s pretty astounding how “hillbilly” directly assumes “you are not real good with girls and cant quite figure out why”…
makes me wonder whether you heard that from a film and tried to find the first opportunity to use it. Lame.

OI on May 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Oh, and hill billy’s remarks on how Debbie’s comments are enlightening or some shit like that, well… i would only expect this to be uttered by a true hill billy.

Good job living up to your name.

OI on May 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

oi, ive spoon fed you dozens of contraversial origonal thoughts on a wide variety topics in the past days and this is the one you felt compelled to chime in to? damn you’re dumb…! now get up in them woods…

hill billy on May 21, 2010 at 7:39 pm

No, in fact, if you go back to the comments, you would see that i have indeed responded to all of your “topics”, except those that were too ridiculous for elaboration. And you’re the first person in a very, very long time to call me dumb. I don’t get that often here at Harvard.

OI on May 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

you dont go to harvard, nobody at harvard would posit that jews did the wtc…

hill billy on May 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

No one at Harvard posit that any of the shit that Schlussel writes every day has any OUNCE of truth! And in case you obviously didn’t get my sarcastic comment, I was trying to create a parallel argument to Schlussel’s stupid claims, that are neither substantiated, nor do they make much sense. In fact, Schlussel’s sole strength lies in her ability to rile up the emotions of her fellow Zionist friends against everyone who doesn’t happen to be a Zionist.

I happen to have many Jewish friends, in fact. It’s those damned extreme Zionist friends that EVERYBODY seems to be having a problem with.

OI on May 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Debbie, I could not agree more. Google conveniently ignores many days that are special to or deserving of honor from Americans. I think it was last Veterans Day that they had no doodle, but DID have a small yellow ribbon to the right of the search bar. Nice message that sent.

And I KNOW I shouldn’t even bother…but don’t you foul-mouthed anti-Semites have someplace better to hang out?

Amy on May 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

harvard kids are smart enough and disciplined enough to adhere to topic and prevail in argumentation rather than excoriate the messenger which is a common tactic of liberals unable to argue an issue on the merits, point counterpoint…soo im going to give you one more chance to state your position on google v. pac man v 911 and we will see if you are really harvard material or an affirmative action admittee on the sharia degree funded by the saudi

hill billy on May 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

also whats the name of the girls college at harvard? and what is the name of that noted cemetary across from harvard square, and what famous battle in american history took place near there? and where did paul revere ride thru what city/school near harvard and what is the name of the boating event on the river there by cambridge called? you have one minute to answer

hill billy on May 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Google will celebrate what bring money in. Will celebrating 9/11 bring money in or drive other type of customers away? If it bring a lot of money, it’ll be celebrated.

Will celebrating Pacman birthday bring money? Don’t know, but it may cater for gamer society showing whatsoever respect, interest to them. For non gamer it’s just non issue without much controversy.

The problem with celebrating 9/11 is that it’s still full of controversy, full of supporters and opposers. Google might have statistic of supporters and opposers. If there’s a lot of opposers, why raise controversy? It’ll stop some advertising revenue. If this is the reason, then, it might be pure capitalistic decision without any moral basis.

VajraZen on May 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Debbie must be flying low over the target again tonight. Sheesh!!

kenny komodo on May 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

Yes, Hill Billy.

I don’t seem to have much success with the white-trash girls from your neck of the woods…the French girls from across the river in Quebec, now that’s another story.

Elles sont tres belles et classiques. Pas de grosses femmes Americans! Mais, tant pis, tu ne peut pas parler francais Monsieur White Trash!!!!

Semitically Incorrect on May 22, 2010 at 1:17 am

No discussion of the little girl shot by Detroit pd while being shadowed by reality tv show? I would’ve thought huge local story for Schlussel…

maatkare on May 22, 2010 at 2:31 am

Google makes doodles for fun. It’s a kid company! It just wants to make the world happier. G-men themselves are kids.

milandroid on May 22, 2010 at 5:35 am

Google has instituted another annoying characteristic. When you google the name of a columnist such as Debbie, it prompts you to check several other columnists, including Michelle Fraudkin. Taken in their aggregate, the columnists cited are more liberal,, and less ‘controversial’.

If you follow this chain for a time, you notice that there is a skewing to the left, and eventually you get to out and out liberals. Whatever norm they are using for their computer input is clearly tilted towards the left.

Little Al on May 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

Out of curiosity, why are holidays relevant to a content provider?

If they acknowledge one, ok; if the provider doesn’t ZOMG!!11!!eleven.

Focus on relevant things, not dates.

lane on May 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

get a life debbie.

jeff p on May 23, 2010 at 1:46 am

Yes, the least they could have done is create a game like this pacman game for 9/11. You know – one where you can stear a plane into the buildings.

Or what.

You are aware that Google is not an “american company”, are you? Companies do not belong to a nation they have their headquarters in a nation but thats it. Google is based in the US but has shareholders all over the world. It is owned by americans, chinese, germans, french, irish, british…. It’s servers are distributed all over the world it has offices all over the world with employees from all over the world. Like most big companies do. Google is an international company.

murks on May 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

Illuminating juxtaposition. Thank you for alerting me to this bizarre value system used by Google.

Perhaps the answer, however, has more to do with business and less to do with ideology. They may be just narrowly obsessed with technology and want to “transcend” history by ignoring political and controversial days.

Anyway, good point and I’ll keep an eye out for future Google celebrations.

Sceptic on May 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

Well, duh, so Google has stockholders who aren’t American. I guess it’s OK to not observe the anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist events, since not all the shareholders are American.

Little Al on May 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

Do you EVER not complain? Seriously! What have YOU done to make this world a better place? All you do is whine and whine about how people are too liberal, about how Arabs are terrorists, about how google are inconsiderate, yet you are a soul-less, ugly, noncontributing waste of air in society. Seriously, grow up and stop being such a hateful conservative nut-job.

Ahmed Nassar on May 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

Pac-Man would have ate the plane.

Hob Gadling on May 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

You are very right Ahmed.

Debbie is a hate-filled bitch and your comments- like mine- only serve to make her angrier, more insecure, more racist and encourage her and her fanatical fan base to get high-blood pressure, sleep less and die earlier.

I think every little shot we take at her helps make her more insecure. She is obviously a nutcase- look at her past and lost elections that she always blames on conspiracy theory and loses court battles over.

Always bitching, complaining, whining, calling everyone “Nazi” and “Hitler”, a conspiracy theory against her here, against Jews there and against Conservatives everywhere. Now, it’s PacMan (laugh). That is the Debbie way…not sure what her Jew name is- probably Esther or Golda.

If there weren’t so many fucked up Jews and Evangelicals in America Debbie would be put out of business. Unfortunately, the world is what it is. All we can do is laugh at them and poke jabs at them once in a while 😉

Semitically Incorrect on May 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm

we know you are a goose stepper, thats in the bag…

an you are right about thats all u can do about it is laugh and poke impotent jabs…

the part where u r wrong is that debbie makes more money hunting and exposing your types than from jews or christians

hill billy on May 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Did Google commemorate the Beslam school hostage taking, which killed over 300 people, 186 being children? Have they commemorated the many terrorist attacks that took place in the Middle East against civilians? Hell, I don’t even think that they commemorate Pearl Harbor. This isn’t “anti-american”, it’s just an aesthetic choice not to focus on violence, even if it is a world-known event.

Eric on May 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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