The 2012 London Olympics ended, we shall see this spectacular sports event 4 years later in Brazil. If you watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, you probably would agree that it is a great way to bid farewell to this event.
Google also marked the completion of this event with a new doodle. Let us have a look at all the 2012 Olympics Google Doodles now (for playable ones you can go to the official site to play again):
The featured sports are archery, diving, fencing, rings, field hockey, table tennis, shot put, pole vault, synchronized swimming, javelin, hurdles, basketball, slalom canoe, soccer (European football) and rhythmic gymnastics. The characters in the previous doodles reappeared in the doodle for closing ceremony to say goodbye to the Olympics.
Of all these 2012 Olympics Google doodles, I like the slalom canoe one (for playable) and synchronized swimming one (for static). The canoe doodle is the most exciting of them all, I could play it several times in the office without knowing that my boss is watching behind my back. The synchronized swimming doodle is great because the first “0” is made with the 8 players in a perfect circle. Which one is your favorite?
Image Source: Google Doodle Page
Google brings the 4th mini game doodle for 2012 Olympics! This time it is a soccer game. As a gatekeeper, your task is to block the shots. Move left and right and jump to catch as many balls as you can.
The game ends when you lose 3 points (i.e. 3 goals by the computer-controlled player). There will be five footballs on the grass, but don’t think that you only need to block 5 shots. If you successfully blocked the ball, it may bounce back and ready for the other player to kick it again.
What makes this doodle interesting is the way the G o o g l e alphabets are displayed. Unlike in most other doodles, the letters are divided into two groups, i.e. “Goo” and “gle”, and placed on both sides of the gate.
Soccer (called as “football” in the United Kingdom and many parts of the world) is a hot topic for doodles. Over the years Google created some soccer doodles. You can have a look at them by searching for keywords like “football”, “soccer” and “goalie” in http://www.google.com/doodles.
You can play this game at http://www.google.com/doodles/soccer-2012 or wait for 10 August 2012 comes in your local time.
Mini game Google Doodle for the 2012 London Olympics again! After reviewing yesterday’s hurdle doodle, today I have yet another interactive Google doodle to share with you. The doodle of the day (8 Aug 2012) is basketball!
Same as yesterday’s doodle, click the central play button to start the game. Simply press the left button of the mouse or the space bar, hold and release to shoot. The longer you hold the button or key the stronger the power is. You need a few shots to get the feeling. As the game proceeds the player will be moved away from the ring, making the game tougher. You have 24 seconds to fire as many shots as possible, you can see the time countdown and the score you get on the score board at the back. The own audience in the doodle are the 6 “G” “o” “o” “g” “l” “e” alphabets, but if you feel like sharing the game and your score with your friends, you can click the Google+ button at the end of the game to shout it out.
Again, the game is available on 8 August 2012 at local time. If you want to play the game before it is made available to your time zone, go to this place: http://www.google.com/doodles/basketball-2012 to enjoy! Before I end this post, let’s review the previous Olympics basketball doodles. It is probably easier to pick an “animal” to represent China and Australia (dragon and kangaroo) than to find one to represent the UK, right?
As the London Olympics begins today (27 July 2012), it follows naturally that Google replaced its doodle with an Olympic one. People in different countries should expect to see this doodle when 27 Jul comes in their local time.
This doodle shows five athletes of different sports (soccer, swimming, running/jumping, fencing and javelin throw) with the “Google” word held by them. There is also a basketball which does not fit in anyone in the doodle. While there are five athletes I should expect to see them dressing in 5 different colors same as the Olympics logo. Interestingly, black is missing and replaced by white.
The London Olympics is the 30th modern Olympic Games. Over 10,000 athletes from 200+ countries will participate in 300+ events. It starts today and will be closed on 12 August 2012, with some first-round football matches held earlier than the opening ceremony due to time limitation. Most of the Games would be aired on TV while you should also be able to find ways to enjoy them on the internet. Some TV networks such as NBC provides live coverage, you may search for other means of watching Olympics online by live streaming. The full schedule of the Games could be found here.