198X

198X

Before you slap your your quarter down on the Dig Dug cabinet and call dibs on the next round, grab a snack and a drink from the vending machine in multi-genre arcade epic 198X!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

We’ve covered Animal Crossing: New Horizons already in recent entries, but it turns out we were just scratching the surface. The amazing Reb Valentine has managed to assemble a collection of all the different soda machine models available on Tom Nook’s not-so-deserted island.

As Reb points out, “The drinks inside each machine are unique to each color! Green seems to have the canned drink Nook likes. Pink has water and a lot of cans with hearts. Red has a generic, varied selection. Black appears to include Mountain Dew?” Also, as seen in the screenshot below, each color has a different design on the side.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Even better, players can customize the advertisement panel on the front of the soda machines with one of four labels: orange juice (default), sports drink, sale, and cute. That means there’s a total of 24 possible soda machine and label combinations in the game.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

But wait, there’s more! Players can also apply custom labels to the drink machines, which arguably makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons the first game to feature a near-infinite number of potential soda machine options!

How can you get a soda machine on your island? Here’s Reb: “You can buy one for 2,000 Nook Miles once the Town Hall unlocks. However, you can only purchase one color, randomized for your town! If you want others, you’ll have to talk to friends. You cannot order more from the catalog.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

That means to grab the screenshot at the beginning of this entry, Reb had to reach out to her fellow AC:NH players for help assembling a full collection. So, in addition to a mega-super-thanks to Reb Valentine, this entry wouldn’t have been possible without help from TristanACooper, kyle_toom, KFoleyFL, RType88, iyagovos, and MllPilgrim. Thanks, everyone!

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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.