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3-13-2009 @ 3:20PM
Why is pre tbc wow called 'Vanilla wow' ?
3-13-2009 @ 3:25PM
It had no flavor.
3-13-2009 @ 3:30PM
Vanilla basically means "without additions" or "plain".
3-13-2009 @ 3:32PM
"Vanilla" is just a term people often use to refer to something unmodified, not added to, basic etc. I guess since vanilla can be used as a flavor base and then you add stuff to it. Like, in this analogy WoW was vanilla flavored, then became TBC flavored and now Wrath flavored, but there's still that vanilla base.
3-13-2009 @ 3:39PM
They're using "vanilla" to mean "basic," "plain," or "ordinary." I personally disagree with such usage because vanilla is an interesting plant, and real vanilla has a complex and versatile flavor; it's just that manufacturers (of ice cream in particular) create a sweet-yet-pleasantly-bland flavor and call it vanilla because "sweet yet bland" isn't very good marketing.I am going somewhere with this, I promise. Just as vanilla is considered the basic, unadorned version of ice cream, before the addition of berries or chocolate chips, the original game is referred to as "vanilla" because it's the basic version of the game, without any of the TBC and WotLK content (a true rollback to 1.x would also remove guild banks and voice chat.)
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