Yesterday, we did witness a wave of enthusiasm in those old school game lovers when the news surfaced that users could embed and play video games from the Internet Archive’s MS-DOS library directly into tweets. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm disappeared in no time because the function Twitter ripped off the function just the next day.
And that’s not jus it. Twitter has also pulled down all sort of interactivity within tweets, the only thing you see is a link to the game on the Internet Achieve’s website.
According to Twitter’s rules of engagement, developers are strictly warned with a message saying –
Do not build end-to-end interactive experiences inside the video or audio player unrelated to Player Card content, such as the following: purchasing, gaming, polling, messaging, and data entry. Instead, build these interactive experiences with our other Card types or enhance your Player Card content with links to your website or mobile application.
This pretty much states why the feature got switched off. The integration of MS DOS games into the tweets violated one of the Twitter’s Rules, which clearly states how developers can use media content within tweets.
There is no exact information so as to when the support was activated originally, but a response to deactivate it was swift as soon as the news unfolded.
However, all the games can still be played in entirety on Internet Archive’s own website, an so no disheartening. Also, the games can still be lodged and played across the web.