This is my story: I was delighted when I first logged in and went through the character creation process. Everything looked, dare I say it, beautiful, from the character designs to the user interface. It was a fluid experience, with concise flavour text for the races and professions to choose from. This was going to be something really special, just like the hype had made out. Then the game proper started, my character slowly fading into the world, a row of icons along the bottom, notifications everywhere else. Oh no, I thought, it's just like World of Warcraft. I was to spent the rest of my time in Tyria both rebutting and confirming this initial thought.