London 2012 Hurdles Google Doodle Can Be Played With A Game Controller

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As you've probably seen by now, Google has a Google doodle up today, the latest in its series of Olympics-related doodle art. This one is for hurdles.

The doodle is a fun, quick, playable game, which lets you run and jump, and try to get to the end of the track as quickly as possible. It does bring the QWOP game to mind, but it's not nearly as difficult.

You might get even more fun out of the doodle if you have game controller, as the doodle is playable with one, as Google explained in a Google+ update:

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Got a video game controller lying around?

Today's sporty Google Doodle is actually an interactive, HTML5 game that uses the new Gamepad API to detect whether you have a gamepad controller attached to your computer (don't worry if not, you can still use your keyboard). Check it out and post your high scores in the comments:

Google originally shared:
Our series of sporting doodles takes a leap into action today with an interactive hurdle race. Using your keyboard, mouse or even—if you’re using +Google Chrome or special builds of Firefox—a USB gamepad, you can navigate our runner along the track and help him jump the hurdles. Just like the real thing, the event is timed, so we encourage you to give it a shot  on our homepage and compare your best attempts with your friends! 

For the techier among you, a fun tidbit: this doodle makes use of the brand-new Gamepad API, which uses JavaScript to read the state of any gamepad controller attached to your computer, and which was just added to Chrome last week. Read more in this article:

To my knowledge, this is the first time Google has posted a doodle that you could play with a video game controller, which should be enough to get it some amount of special attention. Unfortunately, this particular doodle is getting some additional attention for another reason entirely.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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