[Update, not anymore] So, You Can Now Embed a Playable DOS Game in a Tweet Via The Internet Archives
[Update] Functionality seems to be hit or miss and it doesn’t seem to show up anymore. Looks like that was relatively short-lived. I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted!
This is quite possibly the most amazing achievement in the advancement of technology, ever. If you tweet just the link of a game that’s saved on the Internet Archive, it’ll actually be embedded. And fully functional.
Doth this work? https://t.co/Q2Hx9PqQ7B
— Jeff Williams (@wesjanson99) April 30, 2015
Classic MSDOS games can now be played on Twitter.
What a world we live in where we can play video games inside of Twitter. Though, of course, not everyone is a fan of Twitter or really cares. But still, this is pretty interesting, and kinda fun. The game above is playable in full once you click on it as it’s being streamed from their servers.
The Internet Archive set out to preserve older DOS based games last year in order to curate and consolidate where these historic treasures are located.
Software for MS-DOS machines that represent entertainment and games. The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software. Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable.
This hasn’t been without it’s share of controversy, however. Offering these games on their website and making them completely playable may not necessarily be explicitly legal in all cases. But that hasn’t stopped their enthusiasm for revitalizing some of the games that have helped to define the genres and experiences that we enjoy today.
Go ahead and enjoy sharing games via Twitter with your friends. It’s an interesting way of being able to share the classic games of yore. Will this ability last? Maybe. So for now, just have fun with it until someone says that we can’t have fun anymore. Sometimes we can have nice things.