Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
Google doodles for London 2012 basketball
| by Anuradha Shetty |
Keeping up with the previous day's enthusiasm, Google is back with a new doodle or should we say game. Today, Google doodles for London 2012 basketball. This interactive doodle lets you be a basketball player and enjoy the thrill of the game by merely being seated in front of your computer. You begin by the hitting the Play sign first, and then pressing the Space bar two times in a row to get the onscreen player to aim for the basket and make the move. At the end of the game, you are presented with a scoreboard, wherein users have the option of either going back to the game, Sharing it on Google+ and/or finding out more about the sport at London Olympics 2012. Clicking on the Search option in the scoreboard lets users view the entire schedule pertaining to the sport, all the latest news on the sport, along with a little history on it.
Google lets you play Basketball from your couch
Google doodled for London 2012 hurdles, yesterday. The doodle had you play as the onscreen runner. It showed a runner on a track, who takes his position at the starting point and gets going the minute you hit the button with the Play sign on it. The doodle required you to alternate between the side arrow keys on the keyboard to boost the speed of the on-screen runner and press the Space bar to jump over the hurdles that appear at regular intervals. With the instructions going on side-by-side, even as the athlete runs, you could easily move on from hurdle to hurdle. At the end of the run, a score is flashed and users are given the option to either play the race again, Share it on Google+ or quickly get all the information on London 2012 Hurdles.
This, however, also isn't the first time that Google has gone interactive with its doodles. On May 23, this year, Google had a doodle dedicated to the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Robert Moog. The Doodle featured a synthsizer which you can either play by clicking on the keys or by typing on your computer keyboard. The sharps and flats (black notes) are played with the numbers on your keyboard and the regular notes with the letters. The sound that emanates is electronic and you can adjust the pitch by using the pitch wheel on the left. You can record your composition by hitting the record button on the right and play back your composition. You can also share your work on Google+.
On similar lines was the doodle that Google dedicated to Les Paul, inventor of the solid body electric guitar. The doodle could be strung like a guitar and if you placed your cursor over a string, you could hear the string being strummed. Users had the opportunity to have fun with this, by making chord combinations with the strings on the left and vary them up with the strings on the right. There was even a keyboard option which when you turn on, certain alphabets from your keyboard would strum certain strings. We played around with the melody that certain words would form. When we typed "Google" and "Android" the melody was only meh. "Apple" for some bizarre reason sounded like a workable melody.
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