London 2012 Hurdles Google Doodle is a Playable Mini-Game

    August 7, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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Google has thrown its entire creative weight behind the London 2012 Olympics. Each day of the games, the website has featured a Google Doodle highlighting a relevant Olympic event. Yesterday that meant the javelin throw was spotlighted for the day, though it may have been overshadowed by the late addition of the Mars rover Curiosity in the background of the Doodle.

Today, the newest Google Doodle is highlighting hurdling. In a fun twist, the Doodle is actually a playable mini-game that challenges players to jump virtual hurdles and compare their best times. The game is played using the left and right arrow keys to make the hurdler run, and the space key to jump. At the end of the race, a player’s time is given in seconds and a number of medals is awarded for the time. It will take nimble fingers and good timing to snag a time low enough to earn three medals. Players who are proud of their time can share it through Google+.

It is worth mentioning that the Doodle is a sort of QWOP-lite. QWOP the simple, yet frustratingly difficult, flash game that has become popular online. The hurdler in the Google Doodle even bears a a striking resemblance to the runner in that game. The QWOP runner was also featured in the first Olympic Google Doodle.

As for real-life hurdles, the start of the 2012 men’s 110m hurdles got off to a surprising start this morning. Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, the current Olympic record-holder for that event, stumbled over his first hurdle and aggravated long-standing injuries. Xiang was only able to limp to the finish line. Xiang set his current Olympic record with a dominant victory in the 110m hurdles at the Athens 2004 Olympics. That gold medal-winning victory can be seen in the video below:

  • Binkie

    But why did they make it a black man running on a slice of watermelon? OOPS!!!

    • Questionable Practices

      So. Is there going to be a retraction for poor judgement, or jokes for Jay Leno !
      This would be considered an EEO violation in THE WORLD OF WORK !
      Yes, someone will be brought up on charges, IF “anyone” is slightly offended in this day and age of Questionable “EVERYTHING”.


  • http://freshinfos.com/ Roshan

    Loved this game. Probably one of the best Google Doodle creations. I’ve got a 11.7 score and 3 stars.

  • JD

    Google must really be crazy to put a black guy running on a slice of watermelon. Really? Are we still going there in 2012. Are you guys at google wearing white hoods and swastikas? Hope this blows up in their faces. Bad move.

  • Sean

    Im appauled really, who does Google think they are ?

    I mean really…in the Year 2012 we are still dealing with racist pictures, images, and hate.

    I really feel sorry for our children that are seeing this display of ignorance and the consequences that have occured and will occur afterwards.

    This is just a reminder of how far we are have come, not one inch.

  • MD

    When there are those wonder why race is a constant discussion, here is yet another example. Always just subtle enough to say that’s not what we meant.

  • Dee

    Its racist as a muthaf***r!!!!! As soon as I saw it ‘Watermelon’, ‘black man in red’, came clearly to my mind. Google should be ashamed of itself & take it down.. Its a case of old people still clinging to their nasty past, not accepting that the world is evolving. U.S has a black president & he won’t be the last….Step into 2012 as the old ways continue to die never to come back!


    1. How many black people competing in the Olympics even have an Afro?
    2. Im still tripping on how they made his arms long like a monkey?
    3. Why did they have to put black marks on the track? like watermelon seeds?
    They could have used different colors.
    4. Why does he have to have a big nose?
    5. Why do marijuana leaves go down the track… 5 leaves
    Come on now… Who ever did this doodle knew wtf they were doing.

  • http://twitter.com/parveshsareen Parvesh Sareen

    Wow.. google is the one that is always offering excellent programs. Now you can feel the Olympics effect while sitting at your home.
    Google Doodle presents an interesting game of hurdle racing, its total fun and lets see whats in the box for future.