The Video Game Soda Machine Project has reached its 3,000th soda machine. The latest screenshot entry features a soda machine from the NES game Lethal Weapon.
If you're unfamiliar with the Video Game Soda Machine Project, allow us to elaborate. The site collects screenshots of soda machines in video games. The collection now spans over 3,000 individual soda machine screenshots from different games. The span is pretty remarkable, with every major platform and genre in gaming represented.
The project's proprietor Jess Morrissette is a professor of political science at Marshall University. Dr. Morrissette's research currently focuses on the intersection between politics and video games. He says he's argued that suspension of disbelief is easy when it comes to monsters and fictional figures, but that a world without "symbols of capitalism" lacks realism to players. Vending machines and soda machines represent solid, realistic links to the real world in Dr. Morrissette's eyes. He describes the Video Game Soda Machine Project's 3,000-screenshot milestone as "admittedly ridiculous".
Dr. Morrissette originally started the Video Game Soda Machine Project two and a half years ago. In the About section on the project's official website, he says the idea to catalog soda machines in gaming "seemed like a good idea at the time". The project features over 1,300 games, an archive of which can be viewed here. You can also search for a particular game on the official website, or browse a list of all the games Dr. Morrissette has diligently combed in alphabetical order. If you like your video game ephemera, you may also be interested in the Video Game Manholes collection, or perhaps this exhaustive catalog of Video Game Hot Dogs. Don't ever say we don't do anything nice for you.
If you want to submit a soda machine screenshot to Dr. Morrissette, you can do so via Twitter.
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