Seven Delicious Video Game Foods

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

Hot dogs and hamburgers are great, and all. But wouldn't a barbecue be even cooler with a comforting flask of estus soup, courtesy of Dark Souls 3? There's gotta be something to eat other than death around here

Video game food is plentiful. Sometimes it's so awesome, that recreating it in the real world feels the next logical step. Sometimes it's so bad, that we'll gag when recalling its hideous pixelated (made-up) tastes forever. Then there are those times it's as run-of-the-mill as last night's dinner.

Some of the best video game food doesn't even look appetising, but its memorability is tied to strange, or interesting circumstances experienced in-game. So along with these ribs I'm planning on eating, I'm going to feed my mind with a handful of food from video game memories from the distant past, and more recent times.


Estus Soup, Dark Souls 3

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

These Pepperidge Farm Pirouette things are not what I am looking for Does anyone know the story of nail soup? In it, a man with a nail and a soup pot was approached by an inquisitive woman wondering what he could possibly make with a rusty old nail. The man convinces the woman that nail soup is the best, but he needed a few more ingredients to help finish the recipe. Long story short, he tricked her into buying vegetables, potatoes and the best cut of meat to cook the most delicious pot of soup ever.

I don't know how delightful estus soup is — as this memory isn't actually mine (non-Dark Souls connoisseur over here), but my friend tells me it's comforting sitting around a big, old cauldron to share this soup with a friendly NPC, as a quiet moment in an otherwise unforgiving game. He relayed the scene as a lovely moment, but I couldn't help but think about nail soup. The wits it takes to make nail soup paralleled to the wits it takes to make it out of Dark Souls III alive, to then enjoy a hearty orange glow and health-giving meal in estus soup.


The Old Man's Lunch, Chrono Trigger

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

The food at Crono's house looks better. Trust me. Nothing tastes better than a free meal — until it lands you in prison. When you get to the millennial fair at the beginning of Chrono Trigger and observe an unguarded plate of food, what else are you supposed to do?! You eat it. And I, personally, will never stop eating it. Why? Because you're taken to trial and it's used against you as testimony in support of your 'criminal' ways. But seeing as the trial is rigged, then it doesn't matter. Eating the food or not will not change the verdict, so might as well enjoy every morsel, right?

That crotchety old man! He makes me mad every single time I think about him. He totally could have piped up and said something about the food being his. It doesn't even look great but you know what? I don't give a damn! Forget you, Old Man! Your lunch will forever be mine. Every time I play that scene, I'll eat it again and again out of spite, until the end of time. Mmm, spite flavour...


All The Food In The Animal Crossing Series

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

I'm so cruel that I build their requested tea party themes out in the snow. Animal Crossing has made me want fruit-themed furniture in my life. A melon chair, some lemon tables, a pineapple bed... oooohhh. Sweet, delicious, pineapple bed. So yummy looking that I want to eat it while I sleep.

Thankfully, the adorably pleasant series also has a plethora of food so I don't have to resort to eating the furniture. Ah, the fruit from the trees. All those apples, pears, oranges, cherries… ::gag!:: not the durian. Hells no.

In Happy Home Designer, the food options increase. They're all perfect little set pieces (and I suspect they're plastic models) but there's culinary cuisine from just about every culture around the world. The bowls of ramen, the ice-cream, the sushi, the curries, fish n' chips… drool. Drool, Animal Crossing.


Paopu Fruit, Kingdom Hearts

It's been a long time since I played Kingdom Hearts, and incidentally, it's been a long time since I've had carambola, which is what Kingdom Hearts' paopu fruit resembles. Carambola (starfruit or five fingers, as I know it) is refreshingly light, and sometimes a little tart. It's crunchy, and makes a great juice. I imagine those are the same joys Sora, Riku and Kairi enjoy too. They're quite lucky. I can get the fruit around where I live now, but there's nothing like my childhood days when I could go into a friend's yard and enjoy it fresh from their tree, back when I lived in Trinidad.

I could use some now but all I have are these purple grapes. Grapes are fine though! Funny how they were exotic to me as a child. But now that they're in abundant supply, carambola are the things I long for and cannot get as easily. You don't know all the good you have until it's gone.


Vending Machines, Danganronpa 2

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

With the Ultimate Chef as part of your class in the murder-trial game, Danganronpa 2, you're probably wondering why I wouldn't just eat all the amazing food he's capable of making. If you haven't played the game yet, then it's a spoiler I don't want to ruin for you. But if you have played this visual novel/Phoenix Wright trial simulator crossbreed, then you'll understand why it's probably better to eat vending machine snacks.

Who doesn't love vending machine snacks though? So much sodium in every little bag. Danganronpa 2's vending machine is filled with odd things too but those are OK. As long as it keeps giving those energy drinks, it will help stay awake at night in a feeble attempt at not getting murdered by fellow classmates. Yeah, I know. Nothing actually helps that situation.


Pumpkins, Threads of Fate

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

No pumpkins here, or Mint. As it should be. On second thought, nah. Just like Mint's dislike of pumpkins in this 2000 JRPG, you can keep those things away. Unless there was a pie in it for me, then no thank you. Besides which, I think this isn't the season for that.


All The Blitz!, Neko Atsume

Celebrate The Unofficial Start Of Summer With Delicious Video Game Food

This one totally isn't for me, I swear. It's not like I've eaten dog cat food in the past or anything. I'll be giving my Neko Atsume cats the tuna bonito blitz. It looks good. I'm not thinking about eating it. Honest. Although... if I did then there wouldn't be any left for Tubbs. Hmmm.


Some video game food probably doesn't taste too delicious. That's a sad thought for all those characters I've sent out on perilous quests. Poor things. Ah well. It builds character. Now if you'll excuse me, let me get back to these ribs.


Comments

    You've missed the most satisfying game food of all, the meat you kill, cook, and eat in monster hunter.

    Even the music generates a pavlovian response in me now.

    Last edited 31/05/16 2:16 pm

    Sorry, I can't taste the Estus soup, I dipped my head in wax and nothing tastes right

      On the bright side you can eat Guatemalan insanity peppers without burning your insides. You'll just suffer a severe existential hallucination. :P

    Gourmet gaming has done some super tasty looking stuff

    Not a single mention of the rubbish bin roast, from the likes of Final Fight et al? Shame.

      Hey, someone threw away a perfectly good whole roasted turkey, with the plate!

      I'm sure that was a commentary by the Japanese on how wasteful they find Americans to be.

    Any food in Dragon's Crown.

    Seriously look at this, art so beautiful it looks better than real food.

    http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/dragons-crown/images/7/70/Food2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140608000342

    What? No mention of the the culinary feasts in Odin Sphere?? Once I found out about cooking and eating to boost your stats, I was obsessed!

    The only other time animated food has made my mouth water was in the anime: Food Wars.

    Does anyone know the story of nail soup? I've always heard it told as stone soup and the traveller was tricking an entire village into giving him food. It's kind of funny that food and gaming should be brought up because I've been wondering if there's a new trend developing with both Final Fantasy XV and Xenoblade Chronicles X have meal preparation segments. Some of them look absolutely delicious.

    Last edited 31/05/16 4:31 pm

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