Last week, the Internet figured out that Twitter’s code allowed Archive.org’s pile of emulated DOS games to be played within tweets.
Just dropping the URL of a game into a tweet rendered it entirely playable, and Archive.org offered titles from Street Fighter II all the way to Oregon Trail. I even personally partook in the tweeting of old games.
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@JoeyDavidson) April 30, 2015
That tweet used to have Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? sitting inside it. Now? A link to the (still functioning) game.
Twitter has called the fun police, and they’ve turned off this embedded game playing.
Games Industry suggests that the embedded gaming tweets were actually a violation of Twitter’s conditions. This isn’t so much a copyright issue as it is an issue with how Twitter wants their service used. Here’s the verbiage GI teased out:
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. Instead, build these interactive experiences with our other Card types or enhance your Player Card content with links to your website or mobile application.
If this is resolved in the favor of playing games on Twitter once more, we’ll let you know.