You might say I have a “golden eye” when it comes to finding video game soda machines. You know, like this one. From GoldenEye 007. The 2010 version for the Wii? C’mon, work with me here, folks.
Meanwhile, I’m left with two questions: who tipped over the soda machine at MI6 headquarters, and why does the tutorial level render its soda machines in grayscale?
You can check out a full-color version of the VCE energy drink machine in the archives.
Cruising down Route 66 in The Crew? Cool off with a refreshing Car-hop Cola! If you’d like to take a closer look, soda machine superstar Cornelius also submitted a screenshot in glorious 4K resolution.
Capcom debuted its upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake at E3, complete with this pair of remastered drink machines. I was hoping for Juicy Raccoon, but I’ll take what I can get. Thanks for the screenshots, Pablo (and for the initial heads-up, QB#17 and Christopher)!
Investigate a pen pal’s murder in √Letter (“Root Letter”) for the PS4. Let’s begin by taking a closer look at that vending machine.
I’m not familiar with the Hyperdimension Neptunia universe, but I guess the vending machines there are really tall? Or maybe the “VII” in Megadimension Neptunia VII refers to the protagonist’s age. Who knows? [Source]
The next time you visit Club Sega in Akiba’s Trip 2, be sure to cool off with a refreshing Cool Cola!
I’ve seen Haunted Hotel, one of the games collected in The First Skunk Bundle, described as the worst game ever released for the Wii U. How bad can it be if it has a soda machine, though?
At no point does Detroit: Become Human suggest its vending machines are sentient, but it’s crucial to note that neither does it explicitly rule out this possibility.
Thanks to TheAga13 and Cronos006 for the screenshots!
Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning is an edutainment horror game with cutting-edge 3D graphics — like this BSODA vending machine. Thanks for the educational opportunity, Melancholy Culkin!
Check out this gorgeous drink machine from Dépanneur Nocturne, an upcoming adventure game set in a convenience store. Let’s take a closer look at its offerings…
The Liquid Struggle is real. Thanks for the heads-up on this one, ~nick~nick~nick~nick~!
Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity for the PSP featured this soda machine (along with a bunch of cosmetic items) during a 2011 tie-in campaign with Fanta.
My Light Is Gone But I Still Love You is a visual novel about a guy who falls in love with a soda machine. Honestly, this one hits a little too close to home. Thanks for confronting me with this one, Cornelius.
Statistically Improbable plays off the frequently cited statistic that more people are killed each year by vending machines than by sharks, pitting a Thirsty Boy soda machine against a shark in head-to-head competition. Thanks for the screenshot, Cornelius!
Hidden Asset is still in development, but it looks like the assassination sim’s soda machine assets are coming along quite nicely. Thanks for the submission, Cornelius.
Launch deadly cans of soda, candy bars, and chips at the humans who have taken advantage of your kind for so long in Vending Machine Vendetta: Vendcenzo’s Vengeance. Thanks for tracking this one down, Cornelius!
🎵 S-U-G-A-R, jump into your racing car. It’s a sugar rush! Sugar rush! 🎵
Along with a bunch of sugary snacks, this vending machine from Disney Heroes: Battle Mode includes a few bottles of soda on the bottom row. Here’s a version of the same machine without the Sugar Rush branding…
While we’re on the subject of soda, Wreck-It Ralph‘s Vanellope von Schweetz glitches into battle with a back-mounted Soda Soaker as a weapon.
Thanks for the tip, Bully and Pablo!
The best part about BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is seeing what happens when soda machines from the BlazBlue, Persona, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY universes cross over with one another.
[Source 1, Source 2, Source 3]
Chrome SpecForce, a 2005 first-person shooter for Windows, presents the player with a difficult choice: blue or red SyntCola? Either way, it’s hard to believe this series eventually transitioned into a popular web browser. [Source]
I assume this Ballz vending machine from Postal 2 is a riff on BAWLS Guarana, frequently marketed as the drink of choice for video gamers. Or it could just be a lazy joke that stands (or falls) entirely on its own.
Do androids dream of electric drinks? Detroit: Become Human explores this and other deep philosophical questions through the lens of a combination snack/soda vending machine. Thanks for the screenshot, Gus!
Most management sims would only include one soda machine model, but Mall Tycoon 3 isn’t most management sims.
Treat yourself to a refreshing Ora-Cola — a fine product of the Oracle Corporation — in sci-fi shooter Chrono-Drive. Thanks for the submission, Cornelius!
I’m struggling to decide between between a frosty Kitten Cola and a jug of coolant in Reprise, an “audio-reactive FPS” in which players fight bad guys by creating music. Thanks for another great submission, Cornelius!
This drink machine from NightShift has an image of a wine glass on the front panel, but that seems unlikely considering the game’s office setting. I’m just going to assume it’s a very fancy soda machine. Thanks for the screenshot, Cornelius!
Metro Maniac is a 2D simulation of Singapore’s train system — complete with soda and hot beverage machines. Thanks for the screenshot, Cornelius!
In April 2018, I was part of a team of scholars that presented at the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium. For the presentation, our team acquired, restored, and digitally recreated a 1979 Tri Zone pinball machine. Designer Matt Mundell included this bespoke Generic Soda!!! machine in the background as a nod to my work here at the Video Game Soda Machine Project. Thanks, Matt!
From Dusk Till Dawn, a 2001 video game follow-up to the 1996 film, just goes to prove the old adage: “A garlic soda a day keeps the vampires away.” Or, if you’d prefer a hot beverage, treat yourself to a coffe [sic].
This is an all-points bulletin. Be on the lookout for cola machine, approximately six feet tall, dispenses regular and diet drinks. Repeat: suspect dispenses regular and diet drinks. Thanks for the screenshot, Ernie!
Pato Box is a stylish adventure/fighting game inspired by Nintendo’s Punch-Out!! series. If you ask me, though, they missed a real opportunity here to reference Soda Popinski on the vending machine. [Source]
The text on this vending machine from first-person survival shooter DESOLATE translates to “a charge of freshness,” which is an above-average drink slogan. [Source]