After much coaxing by my co-workers and friends, I finally took the plunge and started playing World of Warcraft. I have ridiculed this game, and those who play it, for some time now. It's really no different from other MMORPGs, but this game has attracted some definite freaks and some people take it far too seriously. I was challenged to give the game a fair shot before I uttered any more caustic remarks toward it. I proclaimed that I would not pay a single penny for it unless I could play it first. Fully expecting that not to happen (there is a free 10 day trial, but only if you know someone who buys the game and hasn't used their card) I was sure I would never have to actually play the game to decide whether or not I would like it. Only a matter of hours later, my friend tells me that I am free to play on his cousin's account. Now I had no excuse. Two weeks later and I'm happy to say I'm very much enjoying the game. Let me caveat that by saying that I only like running with my office mates and friends. Through the beauty that is Skype conference calling, we can communicate in real time to plan our attacks, etc. When I play by myself, my enjoyment factor drops almost to zero. The bottom line is this: if you have friends that play, play with them. Get on Skype and have fun. Otherwise, unless you're a hard core RPG fan, save your money.