I was flipping through a French gaming magazine from 2001 earlier today, and I thought I spotted a soda machine in the background of a tiny Tekken 4 screenshot. I loaded up the game, and what do you know?
This vending machine from danganronp-’em-up Your Turn To Die (Kimi ga Shine) claims to sell bottles of soda for 1000 yen, but it ends up dispensing a creepy doll arm instead.
The Value-Rep vending machine from System Shock 2 is already archived at The Video Game Soda Machine Project, but I neglected to include this alternate version from the game’s virtual reality tutorial level.
Our World Is Ended. explores an augmented reality apocalypse in the streets of Asakusa, complete with dilapidated underground shopping centers and well-stocked soda machines. Thanks for the submission, SalarymanDaishi!
Shift into refreshment with these soda machines from mobile drag bike racer Rival Wheels! [Source]
Go hog wild on caffeine with this soda machine from Harley-Davidson: The Road to Sturgis! These screenshots are from the DOS release; the soda machine doesn’t appear in the (clearly inferior) Amiga and Atari ST versions of the game. [Source]
How did I find a soda machine that’s barely even visible on screen in a long-forgotten game? Well, in this case, I was digging through an old issue of Computer Gaming World from 1989 when I stumbled across this advertisement…
What a long, strange trip it’s been.
Turn that thirst upside down with a refreshing New Coke from the vending machine in Stranger Things 3: The Game. Special thanks to BonusXP, the game’s developers, for sharing this screenshot!