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!
Sure, Yo-kai Watch 4 for the Switch has the run-of-the mill soda machines you’d expect from any decent video game, but the real star here is Jihanki, a beefy-armed soda machine monster (and also my beautiful son).
Here’s a better look at Jihanki. His Japanese name, ジハン鬼, is a play on “vending machine demon.”
As you can see, Jihanki evolves from a Lightside soda can Yo-kai named Kantaro (缶太郎, or “can boy”) into his glorious drink-dispensing final form.
Thanks to AceRene, admiralblowhard, and Swordmaster543 on Reddit for helping me track down these images!
If you buy just one goat-themed racing game where you scream into your microphone to steer a careening shopping card through treacherous obstacles this year, make it Supermarket Shriek. It even has soda machines!
Thanks to the fine folks over at Billy Goat Entertainment for the screenshots!