Ho ho ho! It seems old Saint Nick left a cola machine under the Christmas tree in this rather depressing bar from first-person explore ’em up ShadowSide. Thanks for the screenshot, Cornelius. [Source]

Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass

I don’t recommend shaking down the vending machines in Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass for cash. You wouldn’t like them when they’re angry.

Honestly, a gorilla crushing lightning bolts sounds pretty awesome. Put me down for a six-pack of Xtreme Thunder.

Later in the game, there’s also a high-level version of the Vendotron called the Vendomax. In addition to snacks, it vends Boom Pop and Energy Rex.

Thanks for the screenshots, Dominic!

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Okay, so it’s entirely possible I skipped through a bunch of dialogue boxes to grab this soda machine screenshot from Persona 2: Innocent Sin and didn’t get that Sumaru Prison is a live music venue and not, you know, an actual prison. That explains all the instruments and amps and stuff.


A friendly policeman takes me on a tour of a London Underground station and its fine vending machines in Zombi (a.k.a. ZombiU for the Wii U).

Shrek the Third

Shrek storms the castle in Shrek the Third on Wii, only to discover a vending machine that dispenses barrels of whatever the G-rated equivalent of grog is. Here’s the same scene from the PlayStation Portable release…


A vending machine inside a convenience store — like this one from Repentant, a point-and-click adventure about a career criminal in search of redemption — is perfect for those of us who enjoy cold drinks but shun human interaction. Thanks for the screenshot, Pablo!

GoldenEye: Source

I’ve seen a lot of video game soda machines in my day, but I can’t help but admire the meta corniness of these Dr. No machines from GoldenEye: Source, a multiplayer remake of the N64 classic using Valve’s Source engine.

Dementium II

Shanking your way through an asylum works up a powerful thirst. Thankfully, this soda machine is present in both the original Nintendo DS release of Dementium II as well as the later remastered version for PC. Thanks for the tip, Adrian!