Games didn’t use to be so complex and you definitely couldn’t dream of making $1 billion in the first 3 days of sales. Twenty years back or so, people were playing MS-DOS games, and I’m afraid nowadays one is going to enjoy them only if he’s been around at the time. But you could now have one more reason to try and play them – it’s now possible to embed a whole game into your tweet.
And before you think – ‘whoa, a whole game’, let’s not forget that in many cases we’re talking about a couple of hundreds of KBs or a few MBs, which is nothing for today’s amounts of data. The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library which is better known for its Wayback Machine, has preserved a lot of MS-DOS games on its servers.
And now, if you share the web address of such a game that’s hosted on their website into a tweet, and view it on the web, then the embedded game will become playable within said tweet. It’s a nice little trick that I’m sure will impress your geeky friends. However, you should know that playing old MS-DOS games for free has been available for quite a while, ever since the Internet Archive had launched its MS-DOS software library.
The Internet Archive’s software library of MS-DOS games lists more than 2,600 titles, so there’s plenty that you can pick from. I, for one, know what I’ll be playing, as I found a couple of dozen out there. What is it going to be for you?