I grew up in arcades and loved all the classic titles. While I was a toddler when Joust was released, I still remember playing it in the late ’80s and early ’90s. It pleased me to see this game included in the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Once I completed the initial design (to scale based on googled blueprints), I started to work on the artwork and weathering. This process included creating separate models for the other titles that my research showed were released as conversions for the 1982 Williams Joust cabinet. Those titles are Moon Patrol, Inferno, and Robotron 2048.
I took almost fifty references into account in terms of accuracy, and many were wildly different. However, the top items differ regarding respect and how I handled them.