TWITTER HAS DISABLED the ability to play classic Microsoft Operating System Disk System (MS-DOS) games, such as Oregon Trail and Street Fighter II, in tweets.
Just last week it was revealed that, following the release of the Internet Archive's MS-DOS games library earlier this year, that 2,600 MS-DOS games could be embedded directly into tweets.
However, as spotted by The Guardian, this goes against Twitter's terms of service, and the social network has been quick to kill the feature.
In in its developer documentation for Twitter cards, the firm states: "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."
Before Twitter's disabling of the feature, users could - albeit for a few days only - add a playable MS-DOS game into a tweet by adding its URL to the message.
While they didn't show up in Twitter's mobile apps, those accessing the social network via Twitter.com or TweetDeck were able to play Donkey Kong without leaving the social network. Thanks to Twitter's embed tweet feature, this also meant that you could play these games while reading The INQUIRER.
The Internet Archive released its classic games library earlier this year, throwing 2,314 free-to-play titles onto its website including the likes of Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, Golden Axe and Bust-A-Move, which can be played through a range of browsers, and on PC and Mac via an emulator.
At the latest count, there are now over 2,600 games available.
"The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software," the Internet Archive said.
"Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable. Please be aware that this browser-based emulation is still in beta." µ
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