Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure

Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure

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.

Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure

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.

Soul Knight

Soul Knight

Roguelike dungeon-crawler Soul Knight introduced this neon-lit beverage machine in a recent update, allowing heroes to treat themselves to a random beverage for a mere 5 gold. I have my fingers crossed for an Amnesia Potion.

Thanks to Viggen77 on Reddit for the screenshot!

DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal

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.

RC Helicopter

RC Helicopter

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!

Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets

Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets

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.

Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone

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…

Call of Duty: Warzone

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!