By Abdul Vahid V
Google doodle for London 2012 hurdles looked very interesting. The search giant misses no popular event to design a doodle. It often places a nicely worked out doodle in place of its logo on its homepage. Sometimes Google doodles are just graphics; sometimes they are smart and interactive animations. When it comes to the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Google has been showing up different doodles since the day one. But the most engaging Google doodle related with the Olympics appeared on Tuesday, August 7. It is an animated doodle that depicts London 2012 hurdles, a leading athletic event.
How the doodle works?
The new Google doodle is meant to excite Olympic Games fans. Using keyboards, they can take a cartoon hurdler to the finishing point. The contest lies in the player’s ability to reach the hurdler earlier to the end without touching the “hurdles.” If the hurdles are knocked, speed of the hurdler will drop. The London 2012 doodle features a YouTube-esque play button that you can hit to start the race. Later, you can speed up the runner tapping the left and right cursor arrows. As you press on those buttons, the hurdler will run fast and once the hurdles come across your way, you need to press space bar for jumping.
As you finish the race, you will instantly get the scores in the seconds taken and a rating out of three points. Players can immediately share their results on their Google+ profiles. After finishing the race, you will get a link that you can add into your Google+ profile to let your friends know of your results. It will also inspire more people to have some Olympic fun during their busy working hours. On clicking the doodle after the game, you will naturally be directed to a Google search results page for ‘London 2012 hurdles.’
Not the first Google doodle for hurdles
The London 2012 Google doodle for hurdles is no more the first of its kind from Google. The search engine giant formed a doodle featuring the hurdles during the 2004 Olympics that held at Athens. Unlike the 2012 hurdles doodle, it showed up an athlete in conventional Greek attire. The hurdles the athlete had to be jumped over were only two and they were formed of Os in the Google logo. The new Google doodle has the real-world-like bars for hurdles. For enthusiastic players, it is a great way for fun and competition.
The Final Words
According to the Telegraph, the new Google doodle is a tribute to some classic games. The doodle compliments to some arcade classics like Hypersports and Track & Field from Konami and Decathlon from Daley Thompson. Google covers the Summer Olympics elaborately. The site has specially designed search pages for each competition item in the Games. At a glance, you will get entire details like the contests of the day, latest scores, medals, list of winners on the search result page of Google for an Olympic 2012 related query. The new Google doodle for hurdles further talks the company’s attachments to the world’s largest sporting event.