Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Is Mountain Dew Still The Gamer's Drink?

Time was, we'd gather on a Saturday night for our gaming session, one we knew would last long into the wee hours of the morning. In our way, we were very much a typical younger midwestern gaming group. We would always have our twin refreshments on hand--Doritos (how many old character sheets have orange stains on them?) and Mountain Dew.

It was assumed this was the gamer's drink of choice. Old discussion used to talk about it as a clear part of gamer culture and lore--where gamers gathered, there would be Mountain Dew.

It had the caffeine. It had the inoffensive-yet-saccharine taste that made it easily drinkable. It kept us wired during those marathon gaming sessions.

Sure, when we gamed while stationed away from our families in Korea, we drank beer and wine in a box (cultured lot that we were), but for our teetotaler crowd, it was still Mountain Dew time.

In the last few campaigns I've run, though, I've noticed Red Bull and Monster supplanting Mountain Dew, especially amongst our younger gamers. I think they taste like swill, but there's no arguing they have enough caffeine and other chemicals to keep a 6 year-old up through the next mission to the moon.

So is Mountain Dew still the majority drink of gamers, or has it been supplanted? Or is this a regional or area thing, and do other drinks reign elsewhere?

23 comments:

Chgowiz said...

My younger brother-in-law brings Monsters. I drink iced tea and Diet Dr. Pepper. Most everyone else is a mix of water and sodas. There doesn't seem to be one overarching choice.

James V said...

My group too is a mixed bag, though it might be a nice twist to note that one them is a Mountain Dew: Code Red addict, that's his drink of choice.

I usually drink Coke, the king of colas.

Snacks are way more consistent with a steady rotation of Chili-Cheese Fritos, Jalapeno potato chips, with Cool Ranch or Spicy Nacho Doritos.

clash bowley said...

Iced tes or coffee for me. My boys drink various types of tonic (that's soda for you non-New Englanders) - Mt. Dew Code Red is a favorite, but also Green tea gingerale, Sprite, several varieties of Fresca, Root Beer, etc. Occasionally Monster to start a session off if someone's drowsy, but never during a session, snd no Red Bull despite the fact that they're all 22 to 18. My wife drinks Diet Coke with Lime.

-clash

James V said...

Hey, green tea ginger ale?
I thought I was the only guy on this continent who drinks that stuff.

Even though I have my habits gaming nights are often a good night to try different things. I've been chicken so far, but there's a place in town that actually sells a few bottles of Moxie.

Perhaps I should just go for it.

Tony Law said...

The guys who bring drinks usually bring Coke Zero or Pepsi. Mountain Dew is rarely seen.

Speaking of Mountain Dew, one of the people in my office was drinking a "Caffeine Free Diet Mountain Dew" and I just thought, "What's the point?"

szilard said...

Different groups I'm in have different food/drink practices.

One group has someone who has worked at a pizza place for awhile. He almost always brings a couple of pizzas with him. We generally have 12-packs of something carbonated/caffeinated on hand, but it varies. Dr. Pepper and cola are popular.

If a group doesn't have established beverage practices, I often show up to games with a large coffee. Jeff has mocked me about this.

Max said...

I don't drink much soda, but I like to have a beer or two when I game. If I'm playing down at the FLGS I stick to water, maybe a coffee if it's in the afternoon.

All of which I drink from the skulls of my enemies!

Mark said...

When the MD makes an appearance it usually is given some "old skool" props, although Jolt gets more recognition as "the gamer's drink".

But given that my last group gamed on weeknights, and actually wanted to be able to get to sleep after the game session, we usually laid off the "hard stuff" after 7 or 8 pm.

I usually kicked off a session with a small Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, and then migrated to diet ginger ale or Diet Sprite. Another guy would run across the street to the Cuban place for a "con leche" and nurse that.

For the rest it was a mix of Vitamin Waters, water, or various sodas (mostly diet). Snacks were rare, although one of the younger guys would occasionally have a Snickers bar and a Red Bull and call it "dinner".

Probably the leanest bunch of gamers I ever gamed with...

Dominic said...

Ours varies a lot from week to week, although Dew tends to be the old stand by that people grab if they aren't sure what others would want that day.

Donny said...

vault and cheetos :), a slight evolution - but slight forward progress is still forward right?

Mike said...

We ran a Gygax tribute game a few weeks ago, and I was the only one to show up with Dew.

One of the guys in my regular 3.5 game was showing up with a 12-pack of Dew on occasion, but no one was really drinking it.

Mostly Coke Zero, Microbrews, or Pabst at my 4e game.

mthomas768 said...

I pretty much get my caffeine fix from coffee these days, rarely drinking soda. As a matter of fact I have a 2L bottle of Mt. Dew in my fridge from a game session in January. Code Red is great stuff, I just can't deal with that much sugar these days, being old and all. ;)

Joseph said...

Back in high school, it was club soda, rather than any coke or Mt. Dew. In college, we had one player who was a huge Dew fan, so he always brought it with him, but not merely as a gaming drink; he just loved it all the time.

We did have a thing for Hostess Pudding Pies in high school as a snack de rigour. Those things were so loaded with sugar it's a wonder we didn't all become diabetics.

Alex Schroeder said...

As kids we drank Coke. These days we drink water, green tea, beer, and Port. I live in Switzerland and never saw Mountain Dew for sale anywhere.

clash bowley said...

@ James V:

Moxie puts the Tonic back in soda pop. Delicious medicine! You aren't from New England, though, so it will probably kill you. I wasy take a chance!

-clash

clash bowley said...

That should read "I say take a chance!"

-clash

Darran Sims said...

I have never even heard of Mountain Dew until very recently when another blogger mentioned it.

Not something we get in the UK.

Zachary The First said...

@Darran: I'd heard that before! Strange--when I was in the USAF, the only place it was available was on base when in England.

Scott said...

Best host I ever had for a game was giving us all the IBC root beer we could drink. Didn't want to leave...

HinterWelt said...

I roast my own coffee. Yes, I am not joking here, usually a peaberry (mmm, chocolatey) or a city roast Kona. Although, I will say I have gotten hooked on boba thai lattes...no, not chai, Thai Tea, Tea of Champions.mmmm, creamy goodness....

MJ Harnish said...

We drink expensive beer nowadays.

Frederic said...

No Mountain Dew here in the Netherlands either. One of us went to the USA last summer and brought back a bottle of Dew for cliché's sake.
We normally drink coke, sisi or something more fruity.
We eat lots of different crisps. Anything goes really. I even bring french dried sausages or chorizo.

Ogge said...

Cheese, sausage, biscuits, candy, all washed down with plenty of coffee ale or (come yuletide) swedish julmust.