Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Google Celebrates the Olympics with today's doodle

If you haven't already, go ahead and visit Google's hompage. You'll see that today their logo is replaced with their popular doodles, and this time a doodle focuses on the London Olympics.

Once you go ahead and visit the page, click the play button. It gives you controls on how to play the character.

Now for some notes on the technology behind this doodle.

If you go ahead and inspect the element via your browser's web inspector, you can see that this is powered by a canvas element -- in translation, this is powered by HTML5. If you use a browser that does not have HTML5 support (such as IE8, not sure about IE9 in this scenario), you will just get a picture that links to some Olympic results for running.

The whole point to this game is to try to run and jump over the obsticals in the shortest time possible, and you'll earn a gold, silver, or bronze medal based on your results. Mind you, the faster you go, the harder it is to jump over the obsticals. I learned this myself the hard way -- a few times actually.

After finishing the game, you'll get a score. If you would, go ahead and share your results below in the comments section.

If this is a different day for you, and you missed the doodle on Google's home page, don't worry. Click here to see the doodle manually.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your scores!