I have had the privilege for the last few weeks of being a beta tester for Blizzards up coming (for Europe) online role playing game World of Warcraft. This is the first game of any sort that I have played online and it was a bit of a surprise when they accepted my application. I just thought that I would tell you guys a little of my experiences with this little adventure. As a complete and utter green noob to online game playing the first worry was the imagined horrors of game setup but apart from the 2.5 gig start-up download (a lot even on BB) it really couldnt have been easier. A few clicks later and SPECRUM is green First job is to pick a race and class, which as a long time player of the Warcraft series for me had to be Orc and as for class I picked Shaman for the mix of healing and moderate fighting abilities. When first dropped into the game world I was struck by the bright colourful graphics, which while detailed in a Disney cartoon kind of style are not your Half Life 2 realistic but do fit the 2D Warcraft RTS games perfectly into a 3D gaming world. The game interface for me has been a joy to use. As I have gone along I have found it easy and more importantly at times quick to use (that green health bar can disappear at an alarming rate sometimes). Multiple action bars make for easy grouping of common used items; I personally have my weapons on one, buffs on another, health and regeneration etc. on another so you can get a setup that suits your style of play very easily. The options available for weapons and protection are extensive and ramp up well with your level of experience ( Orc Shaman can have leather and cloth armour at the start and can only wear mail armour at level 40 ). The different races and classes have different sets of spells, weapons and armour of course so with the individual and overlapping sets you really get a character generated that is unique to you and your idiosyncratic choices. I honestly dont think I have met two characters that look the same in game. Dying in the game even has a choice with it; you can resurrect yourself immediately and suffer sickness and lower stats for a short while or run and collect you corpse in ghostly form for no penalty other than time. As well as your class training and traits you can pick a couple of trades to use. This might be a miner and blacksmith or as in my case skinner and leatherworker which gives a good source for income and trade. Which ever you choose from the many available its another little touch that expands the options available to you to make the game play individual to you. Partying with other players is required at times to complete some quests but if you choose not to the game allows you to quest aplenty on your own but partying is great fun in itself and I soon found myself helping out on quests that I had completed just for fun.. So to sum up this very light skim into the World of Warcraft online role play I have to say that this game hits fun right on the button for me. It looks and sounds great with smooth play and good ping rates. While I have been testing this out Doom 3 and Half Life 2 were released, now not the same and both spectacular games in there own right but I have had to drag myself away from this game and drag myself through them and for a jaded OLD games player like myself lifes to short and its a long time since I found this much fun in a game, my pre-order is already in.