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You can now embed thousands of classic games in your tweets


If you didn’t already know, the Internet Archive has done a brilliant job of preserving thousands of classic games in one mega database, not only collecting them all in one place but also making them available to play in your browser. Well, now you can embed them on Twitter too.

The Internet Archive currently holds 2,600 classic games – including the likes of Wolfenstein, Sim City and Pac Man – which now show up in tweets as completely clickable, completely playable titles. Just post a link to the specific game you want to embed on Twitter and it will appear like magic the same as any regular picture, video or GIF.

It really couldn’t be easier, see:

The project uses the open source MS-DOS emulator DOSBox and javascript to run the games straight in your browser, while a recent change to Twitter’s ‘Cards’ platform means that they now work on Twitter too.

The Internet Archive’s collection of classic games is likely to dwarf even that one show-off in school with the rich parents, including games dating all the way back to the 1970s through to the 1990s. Part of the fund is just browsing through the extensive catalogue, pulling out popular favorites and even discovering a few lost obscurities along the way.

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