The World Wide Web is a weird, interesting and sometimes horrible place. Sometimes, and really just sometimes though, you would find the weirdest gems like these. People doing the most unexpected things, things that you might not know to care. But you do now.
Jess Morrissette, the creator, started the project back in 2016 and began cataloguing these machines on their website via the Video Game Soda Machine Project. Why? Nobody knows. It’s just one of those things that bored individuals on the internet will come up with.
Wow, this video game soda machine Tumblr is gonna be great! pic.twitter.com/lU1Y3SUlIe— Jess Morrissette (@decafjedi) August 11, 2016
What I do know is that they seem to have come up with a massive collection of 3000 machines in 3000 games (yes, of course nuka cola machines are inside; why would they not be?) in a bevy of knock-offs, puns and other ridiculous hijinks that game developers get themselves into.
I have also come to realize after reading a little on the site that there are a lot more of these machines in games as the background element that most people don’t notice. Not to mention the bevy of genres where these machines serve nothing else but décor with no practical (a reminder that these boxy bois needed to be made via pixel-art or 3D rendering by a designer) purposes at all. Yes, I am advocating that there be more uses for these unassuming boxes ala Deus Ex or Streets of Rage style, hurling them at my enemies… other than you know, vend drinks.
Perhaps this massive collection will inspire others not only on the design, but on the gameplay reasons that these machines should exist in their worlds.