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?