Happy Weekend from Google

Friday, June 4, 2010

From our friends from Google NZ:
We received an overwhelming international response to our 30th anniversary PAC-MAN Google doodle – so much so that we’ve now made it a permanent fixture!

As you can see from the search lists for May below, PAC-MAN was top of mind for Kiwis too, storming to the top of the fastest-rising list.

Fastest rising web searches on Google.co.nz, May
1. Pacman
2. Budget
3. Bloxorz
4. American Idol 2010

PAC-MAN’s popularity got us thinking about online games – after all, ‘games’ are rarely out of our most-searched lists each month and May was no exception.

Top web searches on Google.co.nz, May
1. facebook
2. auckland
3. games
4. youtube
5. google

So we took a look back at New Zealand’s most searched-for terms in 2009 to see which games captured Kiwis’ imaginations. Here’s what we found... Game on Kiwis!

Most searched-for online games terms on Google.co.nz in 2009
1. miniclip (online game portal)
2. runescape (online multiplayer game)
3. moshi monsters (online game)
4. free online games (online game portal and general search)
5. y8 (online game portal)
6. addicting games (online game portal)
7. funny games (online game portal and general search)
8. cool maths games (online game portal and general search)
9. motorbike games (online game portal and general search)
10. online games

(And for old school games fans - tetris and pacman came in at #24 and #25 respectively...)
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