Eight years ago, 32-year-old Somerville resident Will Brierly woke up feeling rather thirsty. While most people would just get up for a cup of water, an idea immediately popped into Brierly’s head.
“Oh man, I need a soda. I need to make a first-person soda game,” he thought.
Nineteen hours in front of a computer later, he created Soda Drinker Pro, a game where the only objective is to drink as much soda as you can. No villains or obstacles here: just pure, plain soda drinking.
Welcome to the world’s premiere first-person drinker game. To win this game, you must find all the cleverly hidden soda cups all over the five different levels and – yep, you guessed it – drink them.
But, when we say “cleverly hidden,” we mean the exact opposite. They’re out in plain sight, literally just floating and waiting for someone to pick them up. And you’re the only person there.
“I just thought it would be fun,” Brierly spills to Scout Somerville. “I made the game because I wanted to.”
If you’re wondering whether this game has any sort of hidden message behind it – think again. After finishing all levels, all you get as a reward is a message congratulating you on your “feat” and thanking you for playing.
According to the Boston Herald, more than 100,000 people have downloaded Soda Drinker Pro.
Brierly says he is happy that his “tiny, little” invention became so popular. He says people from all over the world have downloaded it, from Australia to Russia. One can even find several tribute videos to it on Youtube – including one Brierly particularly enjoyed, that hails all the way from Germany.
The next step for Soda Drinker Pro and its owner is the popular game distribution website Steam Greenlight. If the game gets enough votes on the website, fans will get the chance to see 100 other levels – which they’ll ask for themselves.
“If they want a level in a roller coaster, all they have to do is vote for that level and we’ll make it,” says Brierly.
He also says he is proud to be the inventor of yet another Somerville-born product that became popular beyond the city’s borders. However, he is quick to dismiss Soda Drinker Pro as anything “important.”
“Compared to everything people are doing [in Somerville], this is a tiny little thing,” says Brierly.
And did he ever get his soda craving fixed? Yes, he did, thankfully.
“At about 11 a.m. [the day he created Soda Drink Pro], Taco Bell opened. I went out and got a bunch of tacos and sodas. So my entire day was just filled with tacos and sodas,” he giggles.
Bottoms up. This time, we mean virtually.