In the aptly titled article, Turns Out You Can Embed Playable MS-DOS Games In Tweets, Wired’s Chris Kohler has made an important discovery and mentioned it via Twitter:
“Well, we can now embed playable Internet Archive games into tweets, so:”
Chris Kohler went on to link to a playable version of the infamous Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards on his Twitter.
Videos and images have been embeddable on Twitter for some time. Embedding a game from the Internet Archive, it turns out, is just as easy. Just paste a link to the game you want to see playable into your tweet. Post it, view it on the web, then simply click to begin. Additionally, by clicking the share button on any MS-DOS game, you can also embed a piece of your childhood into any site that accepts Iframes or any blog hosted on WordPress.com. The games are emulated by DOS-BOX, meaning that everything is taken care of for you.
No amount of wizardry has allowed me to embed Maniac Mansion — which is perhaps for the best. Virtual hamsters everywhere are most likely celebrating this small victory in tiny, shrill voices. Microwavable rodents aside, the Internet Archive’s MS-DOS section also includes hits like Street Fighter II, Sim City, and Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego?