Google has removed the Pac-Man doodle from its home page and placed it on a peripheral part of its site . Automatic game sounds have since been disabled; they now begin to play only after the user clicks on the "Insert Coin" button.
Pac-Man was first released on May 22, 1980, by Japanese company Namco, and appeared in the U.S. later that year on arcade machines made by Midway.
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