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What Was Vine? How to Find and Watch Old Vines

After Twitter shuttered Vine in January 2017, the question over what happened to all those six-second videos has been a source of confusion. Twitter released the Vine Archive shortly after closing Vine, but, as of 2019, the Vine Archive is no longer supported.

If you were as heartbroken as we were when Vine closed, you’re probably wondering how to find and watch old Vines. Thankfully, all hope is not lost, as you can still watch your favorite Vines online. It’s just that you might have to put in a little work to do so…

What Was Vine?

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In 2013, Twitter released Vine: a short-form video-sharing platform. Each Vine, or video, only lasted for six seconds and then replayed in a continuous loop. The brevity of the videos meant that the user had to get extra creative, which made for some amazing (and hilarious) content.

Despite Vine raking in tons of users and views, Vine just couldn’t compete with the other big names in social media. More people started turning to Instagram and Snapchat to create fun videos. And features such as Snapchat’s wide array of filters and lenses attracted a ton of users.

So, in 2017, Twitter killed Vine. Vine’s shutdown left its community feeling abandoned, as much of it was still active. As some sort of consolation, Vine briefly remained active as Vine Camera, and also kept every Vine in the Vine Archive. Unfortunately, both the Vine Camera and the Vine Archive have since been discontinued.

At the beginning of 2020, Vine’s creators released a replacement for Vine. This platform, called Byte, allows users to create and share looping six-second videos. However, despite its relationship to Vine, there’s no way to view old Vines on Byte.

How to Watch Old Vines

So, how do you watch old Vines now? When you head to the Vine website, you won’t see any Vine videos. Instead, you’re met with a depressing page that says goodbye to Vine and its users. However, there are other ways to find and watch old Vines.

While you can still access old Vines, it’s not as easy as it used to be. The following methods will teach you how to find old Vines and rediscover your favorite Viners in the most painless ways possible.

1. Use a Direct Link to the Viner’s Page

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Do you still remember your favorite Viner’s username? If you do, you’re in luck—you can use their username to locate their videos in the Vine Archive.

To watch old Vine videos this way, type the Vine URL followed by the Viner’s username in this format: vine.co/username. Simply replace “username” with the specific username you’re looking for.

For example, I added the username “nickcolletti” at the end of Vine’s URL: vine.co/nickcolletti/.

As you can see in the above photo, you can then browse through that user’s entire library of Vines. It still displays how many revines, loops, and likes each video got. Not only that, but you can also see the date the Vine was posted, as well as the Vine’s original caption.

2. Find Vine Links on Twitter

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If you happen to come across a Vine link on an old Twitter post, you can still click on it. This link will lead you to the video’s page on the Vine Archive.

You can find Vine links rather quickly by navigating to a Twitter profile and clicking the Media tab. This tab compiles all of the photos and videos shared by a Twitter user, which includes Vines. If you decided not to delete all of your old Tweets when everyone else was doing so, you can also locate your own Vines using this method.

Scroll all the way down to the user’s posts from 2016 (this might take a while), and locate any Vines they posted. Simply click the bottom half of the video, where the “vine.co” link is, and you’ll get redirected to the Vine Archive.

From here, you can click on the Viner’s username in the caption of the Vine. This lets you browse the rest of the Viner’s videos.

Looking at a Viner’s page might also help you find other usernames you can’t remember. Since Viners often featured or tagged each other in Vines, you just might find links to another Viner’s page.

3. Watch Vines on YouTube

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YouTube has become a life-saver when it comes to watching old Vines. Quite a few users have taken the time to save and compile old Vine videos.

You can start your search by typing “best Vines” or “Vines compilation” into YouTube’s search bar. Using these keywords (or something similar) will yield hundreds of results featuring the most popular Vines.

These Vines may not replay on loop, but it’s still a viable way of finding and watching old videos. Plus, the YouTubers that put together these Vine compilations often include the usernames of the Viners. This gives you yet another way of finding the usernames of forgotten Viners.

4. Use the Wayback Machine

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In case you want to relive the full Vine experience, you can access it using the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive. This tool lets you go back in time to visit websites that no longer exist, or to see the previous forms of existing sites.

When you type “vine.co” into the Wayback Machine’s search bar, it’ll display Vine’s entire timeline from 2012 to the present day. The desktop browser version of Vine was introduced in June 2014, so you’ll want to narrow down your search from June 2014 to Vine’s shutdown date in January 2017.

As you view the calendar of snapshots on the Wayback Machine, you can click on a series of dates and times. Each date and time shows what Vine looked like at that exact moment. It might take several tries to find a working version of the old site, but it’s worth the effort.

When you find a snapshot that actually works, you can see what’s on the front page of Vine for that time period. All of the videos are fully playable, and you can even use the search function.

How to Find and Watch Old Vines in 2020

When it comes to figuring out how to see old Vines, Twitter doesn’t make it easy. Which means you’ll have to do some digging to find forgotten usernames and old links. However, despite the legwork you might have to put in to find old Vines and Viners, it’s worth doing.

Since Twitter killed Vine, other short video platforms like TikTok have taken its place. And if you’ve already switched to using TikTok, here’s how to get more TikTok fans and followers.

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5 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games for Free

Modern gamers have an unrivaled bounty of free games. Many of the most popular online games use the free-to-play model to entice users. There are free games on Steam, in your browser, and on your smartphone.

However, you don’t always want the latest AAA title or free battle royale. You want to scratch the nostalgia itch. Luckily, there are a host of websites dedicated to precisely this. Here are the best sites where you can download old PC games for free.

1. Abandonia

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Abandonia is an index of abandonware “dedicated to classic DOS games.” Abandonware titles are games (or software) with expired copyright, or games which are no longer supported by the publisher. (What is abandonware, anyway?)

Abandonia was founded in 1999 when the concept of abandonware was merely two years old. After a few inactive years, Abandonia blossomed into one of the leading sites where you can download your favorite old games. At the time of writing, Abandonia features over 1,100 downloadable games with over 800,000 members.

Abandonia gives each game a thorough review, screenshots, and an editor and user rating. You can browse and download old PC games by name, year, rating and category. As the site is focused on DOS games, you won’t find any of the “newer” abandonware games here, but the vast DOS archive should satisfy most of your old gaming needs.

2. Abandonware Dos

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Abandonware Dos is another abandonware site focusing on—you guessed it—DOS games. It also features a reasonable repertoire of Windows titles, though nothing too recent. (It cuts off at 2002, meaning you can grab all-time greats Sid Meier’s SimGolf and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds!)

Abandonware Dos is a very active site, too. Each title comes with a site rating, title specification (e.g. abandonware, protected status, freeware), release date, screenshots, as well as a recent(ish) video play-through and snippets of game-related facts.

You’ll also find handy articles and lists to aid your search for the best old games to download.

What I like about Abandonware Dos is its open approach to its abandonware site status. The site owner clearly states their compliance with take-down notices. Furthermore, the site features direct links to GOG.com. These are found on the direct game page, as well as featured titles on the site homepage.

Once you start building your abandonware library, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of each title you have. If that sounds like you, check out these video game launchers that let you add the titles you want to play.

3. RGB Classic Games

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RGB Classic Games features a wide range of classic DOS games, previously unreleased titles, and even some “modern” DOS titles. The entire site is “dedicated to preserving classic games for defunct PC operating systems” such as DOS, CP/M-86, OS/2, Win16, and Win9x, as well as making them easier to play on modern systems.

You can search for games using genre and operating system, as well as the company name, legal status, year released, and interestingly, video mode. Furthermore, testament to the mission of RGB Classic Games, you can play a significant number of titles on a site-hosted emulator, including Keen Dreams, Hexen, and one of my all-time favorites, Transport Tycoon.

Of course, some of the best old games are not abandonware. Check out the best old games still worth playing for another trip down nostalgia avenue.

4. My Abandonware

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My Abandonware is a great place to download old PC games, plus some of the more recent additions to the abandonware list, too.

You’ll find listings for over 15,000 titles, including “some very rare titles found in the deep web,” as well as “some sent by our awesome visitors.” The small team running My Abandonware actively maintains the site, making updates and improvements, plus adding new content.

One of the best My Abandonware features is the range of search options. You can work through the massive catalog of games using names, year of publication, the game platform, genre, the theme of the game, publisher, and even a specific developer. The developer option is great because if you find a game you like, you can also explore other titles from the same development team.

5. Games Nostalgia

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Our trip through your childhood ends with Games Nostalgia. Games Nostalgia features hundreds of amazing games that hit the market between 1985 and 1995. The Games Nostalgia site is easy to use, allowing you to peruse games by genres, tags, new arrivals, popularity, and more.

Games Nostalgia also goes the extra mile by packaging each game in its own emulator, available for both Windows (and in many cases, macOS, too). In that, Games Nostalgia removes any additional steps to playing your favorite old games. Just download, unzip, and start playing!

Honorable Mention: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving one of the core tenets of the internet: universal access to all knowledge. Old video games certainly require protection, and The Internet Archive agrees.

In 2014, The Internet Archive brought 900 classic arcade games to our browsers, preserving and promoting some of the best. A year later in 2015, The Internet Archive announced it would preserve over 2,300 classic DOS games.

Unfortunately, you cannot actually download the classic titles. However, The Internet Archive has an integrated version of DOSBox, meaning you can play each game within your browser. Found a title you love? Bookmark it! Alternatively, add the page to your desktop where it will be available with a single click.

What Are the Best Old PC Games?

There are a lot of fantastic old PC games. The problem is finding time to play them all. Retro gaming and abandonware titles keep the old gems alive and kicking. Part of the resurgence is the ease with which you can play and download old PC games.

Why not take a look at how you can play classic PC games on your Raspberry Pi using DOSBox or other ways to play retro games on your PC legally.

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The Top 10 Highest-Rated Reddit Posts of All Time

Hundreds of posts make it onto the front page of Reddit every day, but few will ever rise high enough to sit amongst Reddit’s all-time highest-rated posts. Only the very best earn that honor.

So, in this article we list some of the highest-rated Reddit posts of all time. Naturally, some subreddits are more popular than others, so we’re limiting this list to one post per subreddit.

10. Brave Soldier Buried Amongst His Devoted Troops (/r/todayilearned)

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Wikipedia is a source for the weird and wonderful. This Reddit post was submitted to /r/todayilearned, a subreddit all about sharing new information with others, and links to a Wikipedia article about Robert Gould Shaw.

This man led black troops in battle. When he died, Confederates buried him in a mass grave as an intended insult. Troops tried to recover his body, but his father sent them a letter to say: “We would not have his body removed from where it lies surrounded by his brave and devoted soldiers.”

9. Deangelo Juggles Balls for Real (/r/DunderMifflin)

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The Office was best when Steve Carell was the star, but the popular American sitcom still had its moments afterwards. One of those highlights was a scene with Will Ferrell, as the character Deangelo Vickers, when he pretends to juggle.

This Reddit post has 160,000 upvotes and was suitably posted in The Office’s subreddit, named after the fictional company featured in the show. The post is of that juggling scene, but edited so that he actually is chucking balls—complete with over-the-top music.

8. Battle for Net Neutrality (/r/books)

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The fight for net neutrality was one that was popular in many subreddits, but this post in /r/books received 179,000 upvotes. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat everyone and everything equally and not impose charges or blocks.

Unfortunately, this is at risk in the United States, and so this Reddit post was encouraging people to contact their local government to try to stop any bills passing.

7. Barack Obama’s AMA (/r/IAmA)

Reddit has a liberal leaning in general, so it makes sense that an interview (or in Reddit terms, an Ask Me Anything) with the then-President of the United States would gain 216,000 upvotes.

Thousands of users threw their questions into the mix and the President did quite well answering as many of them as he could. And while many expected the President to do nothing but dodge questions and self-promote, it was surprising to see him actually engage with some harder topics.

6. A Pooping Pun for the New Year (/r/AskReddit)

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The /r/AskReddit subreddit describes itself as “the place to ask and answer thought-provoking questions.” This post with 221,000 upvotes might disagree with that.

It’s simply a joke that involves a bodily function and the switch to the new year of 2019. Of course, you can simply change the year and the joke will be timeless. We won’t ruin the punchline, so go to the post to enjoy the joke for yourself. As you might expect, none of the comments in response are serious.

It’s perhaps a contender for one of the most unbelievably popular Reddit posts.

5. A VPN Provider Calls Out Senators (/r/pics)

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The users of Reddit obviously care about the neutrality of the internet and the right to remain relatively anonymous when online. That’s why this post received 258,000 upvotes.

This post is a photo of an advert by Private Internet Access, a VPN provider, in The New York Times. The company took out the advert to highlight the 50 US senators who voted to monitor citizen’s internet activity for financial gain.

4. Showing a Game You Mastered to Someone You Care About (/r/gaming)

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It’s a wonderful thing to be able to share your passions with family and friends. When it comes to video games, that can be tricky if you’ve been playing the game for years, have mastered everything about it, and thus have a different perspective.

This comic, upvoted 268,000 times, represents that charmingly. The experienced player is shielding the younger one from enemy fire while they learn the controls.

If you’ve ever taught someone the ropes on games like World of Warcraft or Fortnite, you should relate to this comic.

3. All News Anchors Say the Same Thing (/r/videos)

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”

Those words are repeated ad nauseam in this video that shows what happens when one company owns lots of local news stations. You might think it’s ironic that all of these Fox stations are worried about biased reporting when they’re all saying the same thing.

Indeed, over 280,000 Reddit users agreed when they upvoted this post, with one commenter noting how Orwellian the situation was.

2. NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar (/r/funny)

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You might not expect this post to have 307,000 upvotes based on the picture alone, but this is a classic example of Reddit running with something silly.

The person who posted this was in a cab when the driver excitedly showed them that they were on the front of the New York City Taxi Drivers calendar for 2018.

In the comments, the original poster reveals that this taxi driver also had the honor of being Mr. December.

1. The Senate (/r/movies)

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The highest rated post in Reddit history is this meme which gained a whopping 350,000 upvotes. It instructs users to upvote the post so that the image of Chancellor Palpatine from Star Wars appears whenever anyone searches Google for “The Senate.”

Surprisingly, the post is on /r/movies, rather than the more suitable /r/PrequelMemes (where people post memes about the Star Wars prequels.)

As any Star Wars fan will know, Chancellor Palpatine didn’t have the best intentions, so this post is poking fun at the United States Senate. Sadly, the image doesn’t actually appear when you search Google. So the ruse failed.

The Most Downvoted Reddit Comments

This has been a round-up of the most-popular Reddit posts of all time. Of course, it’s an ever-changing list, so this is merely a snapshot in time.

However, that’s enough positivity for one day, so here are the most-downvoted Reddit comments of all time.

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What Is Abandonware and Is It Legal?

Websites that offer formerly paid software for free do so with little to no illusion of legality. However you feel about torrents and warez sites offering paid software and media, it is clear that they are illegal in most countries.

There is one type of site that manages to avoid most scorn. Abandonware sites, like Abandonia, offer all manner of games, free to download. Many of these sites have been up and running for years, which begs the question: is abandonware legal?

What Is Abandonware?

The term “abandonware” refers to software that no longer has active support, or the copyright is no longer enforced actively. Software usually becomes abandonware because the company that owns the rights to it has gone out of business or has been sold to a new owner who’s not interested in continuing development.

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With that said, some software becomes abandonware through an official announcement or by cooperation by its developers. Source code for the video game¬†Descent, for example, was released by the game’s developers in 1997. Numerous other games have had similar treatment.

Is Abandonware Legal?

So, is abandonware legal for download?

The simple answer is no, abandonware is not legal. Even if the creator abandons a copyrighted work, it does not become public property automatically. The copyright on the work exists until the copyright expires, the duration of which varies from country to country. Typically, the copyright on a video game will last at least 70 years, and up to 125 years.

How, then, do sites like Abandonia stay up and running? Surely there is a constant stream of litigation landing on their digital doormat? Like most laws, punishment only occurs if you get caught—and the opposing side is willing and able to make the charge stick. Herein is why although abandonware is illegal, it straddles a delicate gray enforcement area.

The majority of content on abandonware sites no longer have an owner to enforce the copyright actively, so no one can sue. In other cases, the owner still exists but does not enforce the existing copyright. For example, you can find classic action-adventure game, System Shock, on heaps of abandonware sites, yet the current copyright holder, Electronic Arts, does nothing about it.

Is It Legal to Download Abandonware?

To answer that specific question, no, it is not legal to download abandonware. But are you likely to find the authorities knocking at your door? Or, end up in front of a judge for breaking copyright? That’s highly unlikely.

Despite the illegality of abandonware, there are no court cases relating to it. At least, none that I could find prosecuting someone for downloading and playing an abandonware title. Companies enforcing existing copyright tend to send a cease-and-desist letter before filing a lawsuit.

When that happens, the abandonware site takes down the offending title in response. There is little use in taking a publisher to court.

Those abandonware sites that continue to offer every abandonware title imaginable skirt international law, using hosting services in countries with a relaxed approach to piracy, copyright enforcement, and so on. For example, abandonware site Home of the Underdogs was founded in Thailand, while Abandonia is based in Sweden.

Of course, if a developer releases software for free, the story is different. Though rare, several games have been released under General Public License, Creative Commons, and other publicly available licenses. Once a game is released in this way, it can’t be reclaimed—but the developer might still hold copyright on new or altered versions of the game.

Another reason for the lack of legal precedent may be a desire for goodwill. Electronic Arts have the legal resources to remove every free copy of System Shock on the market. But what would be the point? Legal action could turn into a public relations disaster.

Similarly, on titles they do care about, like the Ultima series, you no longer find those on abandonware sites (see the section below on Good Old Games for further explanation).

Because of the obstacles laid out above, abandonware appears relatively safe from a legal standpoint. Those who distribute abandonware are unlikely to end up in court, so long as they comply with any cease-and-desist notices.

Is Abandonware Safe?

There are numerous abandonware sites, all offering a very similar list of old titles for download. With so many sites, surely downloading abandonware is safe?

The answer lies with the site you are downloading from. Major abandonware sites like MyAbandonware and Abandonia are safe, serving thousands of users every day. These sites also host almost every abandonware title, so you don’t need to head into the unknown depths of the internet looking for a title on a sketchy website.

Check out the best sites where you can safely download an old PC game for free.

Reasons For Abandonware Sites and Downloads

Abandonware is illegal. That is understood. But there are other reasons why abandonware is an overall positive.

The primary reason is preservation. Abandonware sites preserve old games for anyone to access when many would simply disappear into the digital ether.

Although there are some efforts to protect old games and their source code, such as the Internet Archive or the efforts of the British Library, these projects are selective. Having the abandonware site option keeps even the more obscure titles alive.

The other thing to consider is the wishes of the game developers.

“Is it piracy? Yeah, sure. But so what?” says Tim Schafer of Double Fine Productions (responsible for Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and many other classics).

“Most of the game makers aren’t living off the revenue from those old games anymore. Most of the creative teams behind all those games have long since left the companies that published them, so there’s no way the people who deserve to are still making royalties off them. So, go ahead—steal this game! Spread the love!”

What Is the Difference Between GOG and Other Abandonware Sites?

The interest in abandonware titles remains strong. Generations of old gamers want to boot up their favorites. Younger gamers are uncovering the old classics through abandonware sites.

But there is another site that has perhaps done more than any other in promoting and protecting abandonware titles: GOG.com.

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GOG.com was formerly known as Good Old Games but updated its branding to reflect the sale of modern titles. Under the name Good Old Games, the site sold titles previously abandoned, turning abandonware into a successful business. Rather than offering abandonware titles for free, Good Old Games worked with the copyright holders to republish the games.

In a way, the success of GOG has threatened the future of abandonware. Many titles that might have been abandoned are now sold for profit by whoever holds the rights to them. More often than not, it isn’t the original developer. The potential for profit from old games gives owners a reason to fight for their property.

GOG’s success also highlights the illegality of abandonware. The only difference between what’s on GOG and what’s on Abandonia is the threat of a lawsuit. Some justifications, like age or incompatibility with modern systems, no longer seem as strong.

Abandonware Is Illegal

But you probably won’t get into trouble for downloading an old game, firing it up in an emulator, and playing the heck out of it. If you’re unsure about how to do that, here’s a quick guide on running old games on Windows 10.

The issues and gray areas of abandonware legality won’t change because of copyright law. And where possible, you should always seek out the paid version of an old game on a site like GOG.com.

Wondering which old games still hold up today? Check out our list of the best old PC games worth playing right now!

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