In the 2022 film Spiderhead, one of the main characters, Jeff (played by Miles Teller) is playing what appears to be an 80s arcade game. The player character and the enemies are riding large birds. Its "game over" message is "Thy game is over."

Animated GIF and screencaps of the game:

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What video game is being played in Spiderhead?

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It appears to be Joust, a 1982 arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and Atari, in which the player controls a yellow knight riding a flying ostrich.

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    I remember playing this as part of a bundle of games in Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits for the Sega Saturn
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 14:41
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    This makes me want to re-read the book Ready Player One Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 23:05
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    OT, I love how old arcades were so random. "Here is John the yellow knight riding a space ostrich in space, jumping on space birds that shoot yellow energy balls. No more lore, take it or leave it."
    – Neinstein
    Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 8:34
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    This is a great game. Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 19:08
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    @Neinstein the yellow things are eggs, not shots. They hatch into ostrich knights unless the player picks them up within a few seconds.
    – toolforger
    Commented Sep 27, 2022 at 11:06

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