It had been far too long since I took part in a Shared Topic over at Blog Azeroth, so I decided that I would write something on whatever the most recent topic was.
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?
Ice cream. The gauntlet had been thrown down. Mostly because I don’t really eat ice cream anymore, and therefore have very few points of reference to draw on. But since when have I let my lack of knowledge of a subject prevent me from posting about it?
To the INTERNET!
Specifically to The Food Channel to find out some popular ice cream flavors and educate myself so I didn’t sound like a complete idiot. (Editor’s Note — You failed as soon as you started typing this post.)
Next, I re-read the suggested topic. I agree that the O.G. World of Warcraft is considered vanilla, but more along the lines of the Urban Dictionary’s definition of it – Unexciting, normal, conventional, boring. It was a building block that, while delicious, could be made to taste better if you added some chocolate syrup or sprinkles to it. So let’s look at those sprinkles, shall we?
The Burning Crusade was the first expansion to come out for World of Warcraft. According to many raiders, this was THE expansion. The content was difficult, it kicked much ass, and succeeding with these raids gave people bragging rights to impress the handful of people who were impressed by that sort of thing.
It also introduced two more races, more content in the form of an entirely new planet, and many more levels. BC was a solid building block, adding much flavour to the vanilla game. Not so much different, just more solid yummy goodness.
Therefore the flavour of the Burning Crusade is Chocolate.
I think I’m getting the hang of this.
Wrath of the Lich King brought the thunder in a big way, breaking all sorts of purchasing records right out of the gate. It introduced the continent of Northrend, the Heroic Class of Death Knights, and the Lich King himself kept popping up throughout your questing experience. It was a tasty expansion. Too tasty. People suffered burnout and unsubscribed from too much Wrath and not enough of anything else. They became sick of the content, and bored after doing the same things over and over again. Many players actually grew to resent Wrath for being too good, then too bad.
So what ice cream offers so much to many people, is very yummy, but will just make you sick if you eat too much of it? I didn’t need the Internet for this answer. I just drew on personal experience.
Therefore Wrath of the Lich King is a Banana Split. (Editor’s Note — I think you’re doing this wrong.)
Strange. I find myself getting hungry writing this article. Moving on.
Cataclysm was the third expansion to come out, but it didn’t bring as much to the table as the previous two expansions did. It took Vanilla content and stomped a mudhole in it, changing a great deal of the 1 – 60 leveling experience. Outland and Northrend were untouched, and five new zones were added for 80 -85 questing. Goblins and Worgen were introduced as well. Critics loved the game, and subscribers swelled to the twelve million mark. But those numbers started declining, and haven’t really stopped decreasing since 2011. Cata was good, but people were getting sick of ice cream by this point. They politely ate as much as they could, then pushed their bowl away and left the table. For many people, it was just too much.
For me, Cataclysm is a Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Roll – described as a thin, rich chocolate sponge cake spread with your favorite ice cream rolled up and frozen, then before serving it’s covered in a luscious chocolate ganache. (Editor’s Note — Ganache? Seriously? I give up.)
Well that’s my shared topic. If anyone needs me, I’ll be at Dairy Queen for the next week.
Have you ever had someone come up to you – friend, family member, glue sniffer – and ask you to try something that you’d rather not do, only to have them tack on the phrase: “Come on, it’ll be fun.”
There are people who find masturbating with sandpaper, fun. Luckily this fun will prevent them from effectively reproducing. But I digress.
Over this past week, I volunteered with a group of people to help out at a nearby blues music festival. The good thing about working a festival with primarily blues and folk music is that it’s a style of music that generally does not draw that segment of society that brings chaos and destruction with it. Socially, you don’t get the power drinkers, primarily younger people in their 20’s and early 30’s, who go out simply to get blasted out of their face-holes and go wild. I spoke with one of the security gents who told me he happened to work a festival like that recently, and he said there were many people there whooping it up that had no idea what band was playing. They were just “having fun.”
Yes. Pay fifty to eighty dollars to park your truck in a field, set up a tent, and drink until you black out or vomit. For a great number of people out there, this is not only a Good Idea, it’s Fun.
At the festival I was working at, some of the volunteers blew off some steam when everything was over and had a party of their own. They listened to music, had a few drinks, and a few laughs. Some, by intent, went well overboard and got right looped. I’m talking staggering, falling over, trashed. The next afternoon when they woke up, they couldn’t remember fulfilling their mission to destroy as many brain cells as they could. They didn’t remember “enjoying themselves”. All in the name of Fun.
I’m not ragging on alcohol here. It just happens to be foremost in my thoughts because my clothes and feet reeked of the stuff when the festival was over. I was a foul bouquet of brew, and none of it was mine. I’m just making a point here, and the point is this – not everyone enjoys the same thing. We all have individual tastes. So why is it that in World of Warcraft, groups of players like to rag on what other people call “Fun”? Casual Players attack Raiders for being elitists. Raiders attack Casuals for being entitled crybabies. PVPers attack everyone because they’re not at l33t as them. Everyone attacks RPers because LIGHTNING BOLT and hawt cyber in Goldshire.
Pull your collective heads out of your asses people. As long as nobody’s game interferes with anyone else’s game, let it go.
Blizzard is throwing a music festival of their own, and they call it WoW. With Mists of Pandaria coming out in just over a month, Blizz has added another headliner to the concert line-up. So pay your entrance fee, and for that you have access to all sorts of things – the concert t-shirt vendors, the beer tent, and the music. Enjoy all of it, or just some of it. Your choice. Just don’t forget that whatever you do, have fun.