The Death Drive is a line of fictional game consoles in various games made by Grasshopper Manufacture.
The original Death Drive was an arcade machine created by a man named John Winter. It was shrouded in mystery and it was said that those who played it disappeared, as did the system itself eventually. John Winter had also mentored a woman named Dr. Juvenile, who created a successor - a console called the Death Drive Mark II, which also appeared mysteriously, this time in an arcade in Massachusetts. Although most of this was believed to be an urban legend, Travis Touchdown somehow got a hold of the Mark II after it, too, disappeared. In Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, he was attempting to investigate an urban legend about it when he was attacked by Badman.
- The history of the Death Drive, and its status as a mystery that most people don't believe in, is inspired by the real-life urban legend of the arcade game Polybius.
- SUDA51's idea for the Death Drive concept came about when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) contacted him with an offer to develop a playable game. SUDA51 came up with a futuristic design for a console which would allow various other consoles to connect with one another. This fictional device would allow players to dive into the world of video games.
- Death Drive has its name from a hypothetical self destructive drive coined by Sigmund Freud.