46th Anniversary of Star Trek`s 1st BroadcastOn the occasion of the 46th anniversary of Star Trek the characters of the sci-fi TV series came alive through a doodle. The interactive doodle allowed users to participate in a little tale had characters of the series shown as letters of the Google logo.
Star Trek: The Original Series was created by Gene Roddenberry and aired on NBC from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969. Characters such as Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), first officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) etc., have achieved iconic status and the show spawned a franchise with spin-offs and merchandises.
Halloween 2012Google scared its users with a spooky surprise this Halloween. The home page of the search giant screened a scary, interactive Halloween Doodle, perfect for the occasion.
With an eerie audio, this doodle featured a haunted mansion (numbered 13) with a skeleton dangling by the door, the Doodle has the Google name turned into a house with several closed doors. On clicking on the doors, scary monsters appear. There is a black cat that jumps out of the trash can placed outside the house, a crow and a spider to complete the scary picture.
Valentine`s Day 2012This Valentine’s Day Google adorned its home page with a musical doodle. The doodle was in the form of a short animated love story of a boy trying to woo a girl set to the strains of Grammy-winning Tony Bennett singing the Hank Williams tune ‘Cold, Cold Heart.’
The cute ending features a collage of six couples: a man and an alien couple, a girl and a frog couple, a cat and a dog couple, an interracial couple, a gay male couple, and a chocolate chip cookie and milk couple.
Alan Turing’s 100th BirthdayComputer genius Alan Mathison Turing was honoured with Google doodle on his 100th birth anniversary. Turing, who was born on 23 June 1912, is also being honoured with an award named after him in Manchester for people who help victims of homophobia.
The honour will be given as part of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s annual Homo Heroes Awards.
Turing, who is widely known as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, committed suicide in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, following his homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, since homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom at that time.
Google doodles of 2012Here is a compilation of the best interactive Google Doodle for the year 2012.
Slalom Canoe 2012Google introduced another interactive doodle during the London Olympics 2012. It was a doodle that took you to the water course with a Slalom Canoe game. The London 2012 Slalom Canoe is the 14th and the third interactive Google’s doodle after Hurdles and Basketball.
The playable doodle featured a paddler with a yellow-coloured canoe which allowed users paddle a canoe down a water course that has 10 downstream gates, marked with green striped poles.
To adjust the speed of their canoes, users could use left and right arrow keys. The game went like this- the speed of the canoe slows down on hitting the banks, water animals and sedimentary rocks, and you will score more if you paddle faster.
Compiled by Diwash Gahatraj
Basketball 2012This doodle was dedicated to the London 2012 Basketball. It was Google’s second interactive doodle during the London 2012 Olympics.
The doodle featuring a basketball player allowed you to shoot as many baskets as you can in 24 seconds. The doodle also had a countdown timer and points to score. Using the space bar or by holding and releasing the left mouse key, the interactive basketball doodle allowed users shoot baskets.
Hurdles 2012Google came up with a doodle everyday during the London 2012 Olympics. We have selected three doodles from the lot which were interactive and extremely engaging.
London 2012 hurdles doodle came as the first offering from Google. As the biggest sporting extravaganza entered its 12th day, Google greeted users with its playable Olympic doodle which had a virtual 110 metres race track with 10 hurdles.
The interactive doodle, in the shape of a laptop, allowed users participate in the hurdles race by using the left-right arrow keys to run and the spacebar to jump over the hurdles. The score was displayed on the screen along with star ratings once the race is over.
Robert Moog`s 78th BirthdayMay 23, 2012 Google users woke up to see a synthesizer on the home page. The playable musical instrument that replaced the Google logo was a doodle to mark the 78th birth anniversary of American electronic music pioneer Robert Arthur "Bob" Moog.
The virtual synthesiser created music by simply moving the cursor on the keys. Users could create their own music, record it, play back and even share their composition on the social networking site Google+ by simply clicking on the g+ button. The virtual synthesiser also provides the users with volume, mixer, oscillator, filter and envelope controls.
Born on May 23, 1934, Robert Moog, founder of Moog Music, was best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesiser.