Wow! Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation recently took a deep dive into The Secret of Monkey Island’s source code, and one of the discoveries was this early version of the Grog machine from Stan’s Previously Owned Vessels. If you compare the Grog machine from the source code to the one that actually appears in the game (below), you’ll notice the “wave” is more reminiscent of the Coca-Cola logo in the early draft. According to designer Ron Gilbert, this change was mandated by LucasArts’ lawyers to avoid any potential claims of infringement.
If you’re a Monkey Island fan — or just a fan of video game history — you should definitely check out the rest of the article. It’s an absolutely fascinating piece of research.
Our six-year nightmare is finally over; they added drink machines to The Sims 4! Just, you know, be careful not to tip one over…
Thanks for the screenshots, Lazy Game Reviews!
Fighting off a demonic invasion is thirsty work, so it’s a good thing Demons Ate My Neighbors — a spiritual successor to LucasArts’ Zombies Ate My Neighbors — has multiple drink machine options to choose from.
Marvel’s Avengers just entered open beta, giving us an early glimpse of the game’s heroic Rocket Fuel and Zero Juice vending machines. Thanks for the screenshots, Dan!
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice was announced this morning, and there’s a Sodaaa machine right there on what may or may not be the Nontoonyt overlook pavilion from LSL3. It even says VGSM on the side!
This is, of course, the sequel to the 2018 Leisure Suit Larry game that trolled me with a “very impressive soda machine” located just off camera.
Even amorphous murder blobs enjoy a refreshing soda from time to time. Thanks for this screenshot from Carrion, just walli!
A soda can be a great pick-me-up if you’re feeling tired. Get it? Tired? Because there are stacks of tires in the screenshot.
Anyway, thanks for tracking down this soda machine from island exploration adventure Ryza Roads, Matt!
Signs of the Sojourner is a deck-building game about conversations and relationships. In my experience, nothing brings a person and a cat person together quite like an ice-cold soda straight from the vending machine.
I was already sold on VirtuaVerse as a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game with gorgeous pixel art graphics. Throw in a drink machine with this kind of selection, and how can I resist?
Thanks for the screenshots, Ernie!
I can only assume Blood Wine Jelly — seen here in survival RPG Fight the Horror — is what vampires hand out at their frat parties instead of Jello shots.
Thanks to a spell gone awry, Sabrina has transmogrified everyone at her school into animals in Sabrina: The Animated Series – Zapped! for the Game Boy Color. I guess the good news is that she has the school’s vending machines all to herself.
Despite a Berenstein Bears-magnitude Mandela effect surrounding the franchise, Streets of Rage 4 is the first game in the series to feature a soda machine.
Here’s some concept art of the same level, soda machines and all…
Finally, here are a couple of soda machines locked up behind a security checkpoint. Tragic.
The moving company sent me out on a job at the haunted AAAAAH-tari offices in Moving Out, and what did my little toaster-headed guy find but a soda machine?
I was streaming one of my all-time favorite games, stealth shooter No One Lives Forever 2, last night on Twitch when I encountered these retro soda machines. The blue one is already in the archive, but the yellow one is brand new!