Google, the biggest search engine in the world, is celebrating its almost two decades of existence through the release of a new doodle. Available Wednesday, September 27, this offers 19 games, in celebration of Google’s 19th anniversary.
On its Doodle blog, Google also released a statement which provides a brief history of the doodles and the chance encounter that led to the appearance of what is now the biggest and most accessed engine in the world.
The 19th Anniversary Doodle Comes with 19 Carnival Games
The Doodle blog post takes a walk down memory lane as it remembers the chance meeting that led to the appearance of Google.
“In 1997, one of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page, had just arrived at Stanford University to pursue his P.h.D in computer science. Of all the students on campus, Google’s other co-founder, Sergey Brin, was randomly assigned to show Page around.”
As the story goes, what started out as a garage project is now almost within reach of its namesake. As the post explains, the search engine was named after “googol”, a number which depicts a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
Presently, the company is used by a reported 4.5 billion users spread across 160 countries around the globe and speaking some 123 languages.
For its 19th anniversary, Google seems to have set out on amusing its users as it offers 19 surprises through a spin wheel. Upon clicking the wheel, the user will randomly get a game or activity, which they can either select or spin the wheel again, for a new one.
All of these activities appeared on the search engine over these last 19 years. Some of the games remind of a carnival, as users can hit the piñata. Or they can go for a game of tic tac toe, cricket, or try their hand at being a DJ.
Also, Google points out that typing the word “Snake” in its search bar will open the classic but still popular game. The search engine describes this as being its “brand new” Easter egg.
The blog post also casts a look back at doodles of anniversaries past or other events and moments celebrated by the company.