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Google Doodle invites you to play Mexican card game Loteria
The interactive Doodle lets you play the bingo-style multiplayer game in your browser.

Google wanted people to kick off their week with a little Mexican flair Monday, giving us an interactive Doodle to play traditional card game, Loteria. You can set up a private match to play with friends, or just jump straight into a game with random people.

It's a bit like bingo -- cards are dealt and you try to find the corresponding card on your board. If it's there, you place a bean on the card. Once you match a predetermined pattern with your beans, you hit the Loteria button. The first person to do this wins.

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In the actual game, you're meant to shout "Loteria!" or "buenas!" when you match the pattern -- you can choose whether or not to let out a victory cry in your office or at home. Mexican YouTuber Luisito Comunica serves as the Doodle's announcer -- between him and the music, you'll be feeling energetic and might want to spend the whole day playing. (You might pick up a little Spanish if you do.)

The art is by Mexico-based Chabaski, Mexico-born Cecilia, Hermosillo-born Luis Pinto, Los Angeles-based Loris Lora, and Mexico City-based Vals.

The game started in Italy during the 15th century, but became a Spanish hobby before hitting Mexico in 1769. It was officially copyrighted in Mexico on this day 106 years ago, Google noted.

The Google doodle: how does it work?by Anne Douhaire published onOctober 2, 2020 at 6:55 am

How and when are the subjects of the doodles chosen, these variations of the logo? Who decides ? How are they drawn? What are they for ? The team that creates these small personalized drawings on the home page of the most used search engine in the world, welcomes a French graphic designer, Hélène Leroux.

Screenshot of various Google Doodle
Screenshot of various Google Doodle © Google

The opportunity to ask him how the doodle works.

Hélène Leroux, 33, is a doodler at Google in San Francisco. For this, she studied at the Gobelins school in Paris, then at the CalArts animation school in California. The Doodle was born 22 years ago. An idea of ​​Larry Page and Sergeï Brin, the founders of Google. Having left for the Burning Man festival on August 30, 1998, they came up with the idea of ​​an animation on their site to explain that they could not respond to messages during their absence and illustrate it with an animated image: the doodle.

A doodle why do it?

There is no real stated goal except to celebrate positive elements in culture and society: national holidays, birthdays of people who have contributed positively to scientific discoveries or to art, by highlighting culture to rejoice and open the curiosity of users.

We want to make them want to discover other subjects when they come to do a search on the home page.

Every day in the world, but not everywhere, nor at the same time

HL: "A doodle appears every day in the world, but not in all countries, to spare the surprise. We try not to display too many regularly to create expectations. In France, we create between ten. about 20 a year. But it depends on the country. We don't know exactly how many we have created since the beginning, but more than 4000 and less than 5000. At the moment, we draw about 500 a year. "

Two types of doodles

HL: "There are two types of doodle. The" heritage "subjects which will open up a nostalgic side. Internet users will be able to dive back into a subject they know and deepen their research.

And subjects of discovery that will highlight diversity or remarkable women that we do not necessarily know - like the mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first person to have invented a computer language. "

A collaboration of teams around the world a year ago

HL: "As these are topics that must exist around the world, creating the Doodle is a big collaboration. The Doodle team, located at Google's premises in San Francisco, USA, will be working together. with Google teams from all over the world, in particular with local marketing teams, for example the French team will send its ideas to the international Google team.

Every year during the summer, we will make a selection, after discussion, of the subjects that can be dealt with the following year.

We prevent them from falling on weekends so that people are on their computers to see them. All Google users around the world, "googlers", can submit ideas. But certain constraints must be respected: not to celebrate someone alive in general, nor to make commercial promotion. And avoid religious or political themes that can lead to controversy. "

The choice of illustrators

HL: "Once the list of Doodle is established, we divide them among the artists of the team. We are about ten graphic designers. If French subjects inspire me, I will ask to take care of them. .

My first French doodle was that of the Shadoks.

HL: "When I saw Jacques Rouxel's characters appear in the list, I threw myself on them. It's such a strong French cultural element!

Often the subjects are distributed according to the schedule of each artist. And their specificities: the one on Romy Schneider was attributed to an American artist, very gifted in portraiture. For country-specific designs, we will call on local artists who will have a more accurate look on the subject. We will often feel at home, passion and motivation. Which makes all the difference. "

Topics that affect

HL: "When people cry over a doodle, it touches me. To move is the goal of a drawing or of art in general. The doodle with Michel Berger made a lot of people sad.

Three years ago I made a drawing about pangolins, an endangered species for Valentine's Day . He was successful, he showed it in a school… To see children learning about this animal, getting into fan art, and enjoying the playful side of doodle… it touched me a lot.

In the same vein, the one on Earth Day with Jane Goodall was very popular.

For me, one of the most beautiful doodles is the one made for the 107th birthday of Little Nemo by Winsor McCay .

Image of the Doodle dedicated to "Litle Nemo"
Image from Doodle dedicated to "Litle Nemo" / Google

So as not to tire Internet users, two years ago, we celebrated Georges Méliés with a virtual reality experience. We are working on this with a dozen engineers. "