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Cataclysm Beta

Theoretically I should be posting about App of the Week today, but instead I’m going to gloat about being in the beta for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

I haven’t posted much about my exploits in World of Warcraft of late; the continued unreliability of our wireless internet makes playing the game difficult and I haven’t taken part in regular raids since last April. However, I’m still playing it regularly, and have four characters at level 80, with a fifth at 75 which I’m concentrating on at present.

I got picked for the beta for Wrath of the Lich King too, although the servers were often going down so I lost interest. In fact, I think Hari spent more time on my beta account than I did.

I’m hoping to participate a little more this time. I’m quite excited about Cataclysm as it completely changes the ‘old world’ – i.e. Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, where you spend levels 1-58. The old world zones haven’t changed much in the nearly 6 years since the game was released in the US, and compared to Outland and Northrend which have been added in subsequent expansions the quests and landscapes feel uninspiring. Thanks to ‘The Cataclysm’, the old world areas should now be re-invigorated with a new levelling experience that reflects the improvements made to the game over the year.

As you can see from the screenshot, I’m still waiting for it to install (and have no doubt got a long wait for the remaining data to download), but it will be nice to see what Blizzard has done first-hand. Sometimes screenshots don’t do justice.

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