If you're one of the estimated 12 million gamers currently playing Blizzard's insanely popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) "World of Warcraft", chances are you've been waiting for this day for quite some time.
Today, a new chapter in the "World of Warcraft" universe begins as the franchise's third expansion pack, "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm" hits store shelves.
While previous expansion packs, like "The Burning Crusade" and last year's "Wrath of the Lich King", introduced new zones to the game, Cataclysm takes the original areas first featured in "World of Warcraft" in 2004 and radically transforms them to the point that even the most seasoned of "World of Warcraft" veterans won't be able to recognize them. A new, fearsome enemy, Deathwing the Destroyer, has returned to wreck havoc on Azeroth, and it's up to you and your allies to unite and defeat the threat posed by the new, evil menace.
In addition to a slew of new dungeons and zones to explore, Cataclysm allows gamers to play as two new races --Worgen and Goblin -- and brings to the table a number of highly desirable features, like using flying mounts in Azeroth and leveling to the new level cap of 85.
For gamers, get ready to lose a large chunk of your life all over again. For teachers and employers, if you start getting a bunch of "I'm too sick to come in" e-mails and phone calls, there's a pretty good chance that "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm" is responsible.