Top 5: Food Favorites

Thanksgiving (i.e. today, if you’re celebrating) is a day to honor the three F’s – family, friends, and food! And let’s face it, as much as we enjoy our families and like our friends, food is really where it’s at today. In my household, the day is pretty much defined by festive meals and various merry foodstuffs. With that in mind, it seems only appropriate to discuss food as it relates to one of our favorite activities, one in which you may be partaking on this holiday: video games!  Food and games go hand-in-hand, what with it being used most often to provide health to characters. It’s also been used sarcastically (the cake in Portal), unavoidably (see: Don’t Starve), sympathetically (bringing food to a hungry prisoner in Dragon Age), and cooperatively and/or competitively (in any number of survival games). It can be very active and rewarding – food from street vendors in Sleeping Dogs grant various bonuses – or passive and interesting – watching folks gather around tavern tables in Skyrim is strangely entertaining. Mmmm…just thinking about food is making me hungry! But before I dash off for another heaping portion of a dinner I already ate, here are five of my favorite food moments in games.  

1. Maya’s bottomless stomach Ace Attorney

When it comes to game characters who love food, Maya Fey from the Ace Attorney series can stand with the best of them. While hamburgers seem to pop up most often as Maya’s food of choice, particularly as a reward for solving a difficult case, it seems no meal is beyond her liking – spaghetti, birthday cake, ramen you name it! She’s truly an equal opportunity food lover!

Image source  (© Capcom, Nintendo)

2. Cook everything in Breath of the Wild!

Of all the activities in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, cooking is my favorite. Not only is an essential thing to do if you want to keep Link alive, but part of it involves being something a mad scientist. Because not only can you cook things that are obviously food to make meals, like fish and apples, you can also cook monster parts and bugs to make various potions that provide Link with things like protection from the heat or cold, or make him speedier or stealthier. Plus, the animation of Link cooking is fun to watch, especially when he cooks up something special!

Video from YouTube User Yusuf Çiftci

3. Dust: An Elysian Tail’s “mysterious wall chickens”

Fans of Dust: An Elysian Tail know well the “mysterious wall chicken,” a power-up that can be found in…well…walls, or bought from shops. However, fans of the Castlevania series will more fully recognize this as a direct ode to that series’ own “wall chickens,” well-preserved poultry/health items that could also be whipped out of Castlevania’s walls.  Yep, it’s a thing.
Image source (© Humble Hearts, Microsoft Studios)

4. Baking with Peach and other food adventures in Paper Mario

The Paper Mario series is one of the more interesting offshoots featuring everyone favorite mustachioed plumber. And if you didn’t know it already, it actually features quite a bit of cooking! For starters, both Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door contain characters who can cook up recipes that result in items that provide Mario with health, stamina, and other boosts. But then, in Paper Mario, there’s a whole quest that involves helping the capture Princess Peach bake a cake. And you’ve got to get everything just right to appease the very hungry and very demanding Gourmet Guy!
Image source (© Nintendo)

5. Gauntlet – don’t shoot the food!

Though there have been numerous remakes of Gauntlet over the year, the original game set the tone for many of the RPGs that we play today. In the handful of times that I played the original game, I can’t say that I was the player with the most finesse. And this was nowhere more obvious than in my terrible habit of shooting all the food away. Yep, you don’t want to do that, surprisingly, because then you have no food! The thing of it is that it’s just so easy to do accidentally, what with the swarms of enemies waiting to greet you at every turn. Indeed, in Gauntlet, I learned a valuable lesson that I still abide by today – don’t shoot the food!

Image source (© Atari Games)

What are some of your favorite food-related moments or activities in games?

Lede image by Flickr user Betsy Weber (CC BY 2.0).


  1. Krystallina says:

    Burger Time
    Final Fantasy XV

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    1. cary says:

      Food plays an important role in both, surely!

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  2. fminuzzi says:

    I love it whenever food/cooking appears in games, but making and eating food feels amazing in Dragon’s Crown. The recipes aren’t complicated (you just throw anything into a pot), and it’s quite hectic, but the sound and visuals for it make you feel like a ravenous adventurer finally eating something after conquering a dungeon. And often what you eat is part of the enemies you just defeated (mmm sauteed myconoid), which is the sort of thing I keep trying to do when I play DnD. Why waste perfectly good food?

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    1. cary says:

      So I had to go look up Dragon’s Crown, as I’d never heard of it. Sounds like an excellent game (and I do like Atlus’s titles)! It’s neat when a game allows for players to take part in small but immersive actions, like here with cooking. It can make all the difference between simply playing a game and becoming part of its story.

      Indeed, why waste food? If you can cook it, you can eat it — Breath of the Wild proves nothing less!


  3. simpleek says:

    Great topic! For me, it’s Ignis cooking a meal in Final Fantasy XV. The food in that game…oh my… it’s to die for! I want to eat my TV every time. 😂

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    1. cary says:

      Haha, good thing TVs taste terrible! 😉

      I really have to get myself a copy of this game. I’ve read that cooking plays a significant role in the boys’ adventures, which make sense considering all the non-stop action in which they must partake! Settling down for a good meal seems like the best thing, before and after battle. 🙂

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  4. cary says:

    Reblogged this on Recollections of Play and commented:

    Now that we’re in the thick of the holiday season. let’s talk food! Food in video games, of course, because it’s the right thing to do. 🙂 Over on Virtual Bastion, I recently listed out my top favorite instances where games and food collide.


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