World of Warcraft

Blizzard has finally named the date on the next World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, and its gearing up for a holiday release.
The new installation of the massive multiplayer online game offers two new classes, starting points, and adventures. Cataclysm is currently in closed beta, of which Geeks and Sports managed to snag earlier this year.
Most Horde players might be grumbling that we (yes we, I am for the Horde) are getting another ugly-faced creature, the Goblin. Where as the Alliance is receiving the cooler-looking Worgren class. These were my initial impressions, but don’t be fooled, the Goblin class has more polish and detail than the Worgren. For example: The Goblin starting story and environment is more engaging with its winding highways and tongue and cheek humor. The Worgen starting story seems to drag on until you even become a Worgren.
Before the release, Blizzard has pumped out a few patches to prep for updates in graphical quality (sorry PowerBooks no WoW for you) as well.
Cataclysm is set to ship on December 7th and will be available for PC and Mac for $40. The Collectors Edition will also be available for $80

The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta test is live! Each week we will add new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm playtesters. To opt in for Blizzard Entertainment beta tests, you must create a beta profile using the Beta Profile Settings option located in the "Manage My Games" section of your Account Management page. 

Official Cataclysm site: 

Please note that players selected via the opt-in system do not receive beta keys. Rather, your account will be flagged automatically and an email will be sent to you. Simply log in to your account by visiting when you receive a beta welcome notice and check your "Manage My Games" section to verify that the beta client is available for download. Be careful when reading emails claiming to be beta invites. Scam emails often use clickable links to gather your account information, to check on your beta invitation status. If you would like tips on how to arm yourself against phishing attempts, head over to the Account Security page.

You can find the Cataclysm Beta forums here ( Keep in mind that these forums are open to the public, but only those invited into the test environment will be able to post. Check out the full announcement for the beta test, and stay tuned for more exciting news about World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Heroic Cataclysm dungeons now available for beta testing

Valnoth, the lead world designer for World of Warcraft, has announced that heroic dungeons are now available for testing by players in the Cataclysm beta. He points out that beta testers should create new premade characters for this testing since the new characters will come with ilevel 333 blue gear. That is the level gear considered the minimum to get into heroics inCataclysm, and Valnoth highly recommends you get that level before testing.

Keep an eye out here at WoW Insider as we begin exploring the heroics for your edification and expanding our repair bills for your enjoyment. Heroics are a significant staple of endgame for any 
WoW player, so this announcement is a significant milestone in the progress of the Cataclysm beta.