I leapt out from behind a waist-high concrete barrier long enough to grab a screenshot of these tragically empty vending machines from Gears of War 4.
Allow me to drop some automotive science on you. Cars drink motor oil. Ergo, this motor oil vending machine from Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure is the Cars universe equivalent of a soda machine.
I know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t that make the hubcap vending machine in the above screenshot some kind of weird automotive shoe dispenser? Wrong. In the Cars universe, cars eat hubcaps. We just never see it on screen. Therefore, this is technically a snack machine. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.
I don’t see how anyone could reasonably describe DOOM Eternal as Hell on Earth when there are vending machines and a photo mode.
As an added bonus, I decided to livestream a timed soda machine run on DOOM Eternal’s Ultra-Violence difficulty mode. You can see the results (with commentary) on Twitch. For what it’s worth, it took me approximately 15 minutes to reach the game’s first vending machine.
In an era before drones and teraflops, we had radio-controlled helicopters and the PlayStation 1. These soda machines appear in RC Helicopter, a PS1 game originally released in Japan as part of the Simple 1500 lineup of budget titles. Thanks for the screenshot, NeoGamer!
The great thing about a cartoon that prominently features a soda machine at one of its recurring locations is that you can be reasonably assured the same soda machine will pop up in video game adaptations of the cartoon, like this Pitt Cola machine from Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets for the 3DS.
Where we droppin’ boys? Well, if you’re in the mood for a refreshing soda, I recommend parachuting on down to the Atlas Superstore in Call of Duty: Warzone. Here’s a closer look at one of the soda machines…
In case anyone is curious, the latest issue of Game Studies features an article I wrote about my work here at The Video Game Soda Machine Project. If peer-reviewed academic research about pixelated soda machines is your jam, check it out!
The Dragon Lord has returned! I’m not sure if that means the world of mobile MMO Dragon Raja is doomed or whatever, but it certainly can’t bode well for its vending machines.
Thanks for the heads-up, Mooeena!
Chilling out with a refreshing Colo is always a winning strategy in Get in the Car, Loser!, an upcoming lesbian road trip RPG from Love Conquers All Games. Thanks for the screenshot, Christine!