VIDEOS: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Alpha

Thursday night Kotaku posted two videos taken from the alpha version of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm. The clips provide a glimpse into the Alliance stronghold of Stormwind and the Orcish Orgrimmar. While the clips don't offer narration or sport any signs of life, fans definitely get a tasty tour of both upcoming areas.

Recently the expansion pack entered the Family and Friends alpha-testing phase, allowing eligible gamers to copy their characters over to the Alpha servers and check out Azeroth's new look. With that said, the closed beta has not begun, however those who signed up will get a notification via email when the process begins.

As previously reported, the upcoming expansion pack will raise the level cap up from 80 to 85. In addition to new towns and new quests, the expansion will also bring redesigned and updated zones within Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Goblins and Worgens will now be playable races, and a secondary skill called "archaeology" will also be available.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is expected to go live sometime in 2010.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm - Stormwind

World of Warcraft Cataclysm - Orgrimmar

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  • Yep. Awesome. It's on PC and that is all.
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  • I like games for the same reason I like movies and books. For their stories and the interactions between the characters. I really do not understand the never ending games that have never ending fees to play them and also what seems like never ending expansion packs.

    The content in the pack really does look cool, but I really do not understand mmorpgs or the cash black holes they seem to become.
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  • nukem950I like games for the same reason I like movies and books. For their stories and the interactions between the characters. I really do not understand the never ending games that have never ending fees to play them and also what seems like never ending expansion packs. The content in the pack really does look cool, but I really do not understand mmorpgs or the cash black holes they seem to become.

    games are only black holes if you don't get anything out of them.

    WoW is about the cost of a movie-night and you get more hours of entertainment and, often, semi-real interaction (if you want to call it that) than you do when you go to Ironman 2. Story is bigger. World is bigger and you get to run around in it.

    Not for everyone, obviously, but I don't count it as a black hole since I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It's also not the only thing I do . . . so it's not as great a value as it is to someone who lives and breathes WoW (or Eve or whatever. . .)
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