This is for you @Lee_Ars https://t.co/PHwtwGgUNM
— Kyle Orland (@KyleOrl) April 30, 2015
Update as Jason Scott notes on Twitter, the service “spontaneously removed all Internet Archive embeds and functionality. No idea why.” Embedding will still work on other websites, but linking the archive pages will no longer embed a playable iframe in the tweet. “I’m sure you want it back, so feel free to interact with Twitter and let me know what they said,” Scott tweet.
Further update: Per Twitter guidelines, classic game embedding functionality has been removed for violating the “player card rulesfor embedded content. Specifically, these rules prohibit people from “building end-to-end interactive experiences in the video or audio player that are unrelated to Player Card content, such as the following: buying, 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.”
Remember the feeling you got when you first embed a YouTube video into an external website: how easy and seamless it felt to transport rich multimedia content from one part of the web to another? The feeling of inserting a fully playable classic game into a humble tweet isn’t quite the same, but it’s still pretty remarkable for anyone who remembers when these old titles needed every bit of power available to a state-of-the-art PC.
The Internet Archive’s vast collections of classic games and software, emulated by JSMESS, have been fully embeddable in external web pages since early February. But a lot of people, including us, didn’t seem to notice this feature until the last day or so. Internet archive curator Jason Scott even noticed a big bump in web traffic going to the site when the post of the feature has been circulating on social media for the past 24 hours.
While you can copy iframe code to your personal web space or blog, Twitter makes it extremely easy to embed a game by simply linking to the appropriate URL on archive.org. Then you can embed that tweet into a web page, as we did above in a transparent effort to win Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson’s favor with his favorite classic series. If you’re really into the mood, you can even embed a tweet that does an embedded copy of DOS with a TRS-80 emulator, which could run an unlimited number of games. Hold on, I need to go see if my Inception top is still running.