It would not be uncommon to hear about the initial release of World of Warcraft as Vanilla or Classic. In terms of ice cream or gelato (which is my preference), Vanilla was once considered the most popular flavour of it’s time. So if Vanilla represents Classic WoW, what flavours could represent the following expansions?
World of Warcraft was vanilla because it was plain. That’s not bad, but it’s a good “blank slate.”
The Burning Crusade was new and exciting. It was hidden beyond the dark portal, a looming, green gateway. It was heavily about demons and fel energy. At first, I wanted to say this was like mint chocolate chip. I’ll admit, green was a large factor in choosing this flavor. The mint is bold and exciting, while the chocolate chips keep things mixed and interesting! However, let’s go with something more interesting. The Burning Crusade is Rock ‘N Pop Swirl Sherbet from Baskin-Robbins. What the heck flavor is that, you ask? That’s just like the mystery of what was waiting beyond the Dark Portal! Plus, there’s still green, but it’s swirled with purple, representing the Draenei.
I could pick something blue for Wrath of the Lich King to represent the frigid continent of Northrend (and the game box), but I think we need to look at what the expansion was like. Wrath was much more welcoming that Vanilla or… Rock ‘N Pop Swirl Sherbet. Regardless of what you think of raiding, heroic raiding, and hard modes, the game was made easier and more linear in many ways. It was easier to understand and tried to appeal more widely. Wrath of the Lich King was chocolate.
Cataclysm really shook up Azeroth. Deathwing burst forth and lava erupted from the ground. Things were difficult for the mortal races (and the immortal too, I suppose). The path before them was rocky. The flavor that represents Cataclysm is rocky road, but there’s more to it than that. It’s rocky road with raspberry sauce and hot fudge, with those toppings representing fire and magma!
Finally, we reach Mists of Pandaria. Obviously this can’t be an ice cream flavor from an American chain. It must be frozen yogurt from Yogurtland, of course. Mists of Pandaria is plain tart topped with red bean, lychee, and other fruits! Yes, of course it had to be Asian-inspired. And it’s going to be delicious too!
How has WoW changed your life?
Chris Pearson’s response on Confessions of a Grown-Up Gamer was very touching and true testament to what World of Warcraft can offer.