I'm not a video gamer by any stretch of the imagination and haven't kept current on any of them. Not an owner of XBox or any of the big recent gaming systems. The last game I could say I played even on a regular basis was DOOM (computer version). But recently I acquired Call of Duty 4 (having completed version 2 awhile back) and I must say this is really a classy production, and "production" it is. Quickly you realize you're not just playing a game but involved in a kind of cinematic plot driving headlong to a cleverly crafted conclusion which the player (caught up in the climax of the moment) almost instinctively and immediately plays out to its end. Don't want to be a spoiler, so that's all I'm going to say about it. Needless to say I was impressed by the graphics and the game play. So much so that I even tried the multiplayer version. Let me say I'm not a multiplayer of anything, and never have tried my hand at such. Perhaps because it would involve relating to other players on a level that I was never prepared for (nor interested in). But I found myself trying my hand at this mainly because of the ease with which the program allowed me to interface and instantly find myself in a real time setting with other players. Of course I know nothing of the particulars of the game play, barely know how to operate the controls. In this realm no better match for the term "newbie" am I. ...Don't know most of my weapons and setup options, how to message, or how to read the board. But for the most part I found servers on which I could at least participate and I'm gradually learning the ropes... until last night that is, when I was "kicked" from a server (as it were, the other players decided to vote me off). It was on a server that had few participants (about 5 on each side) and the scenario was two teams which alternated roles of either defending a location or placing a bomb. After playing a bit I had stationed my guy in a corner and had switched to an options screen... I was trying to figure out how to load or access my customized weapons. Well while trying to do this I noticed it had gotten real quiet like in the background. I thought the game was over, but switching back to the game screen I saw I was still there. Then I heard something like "it's up to you" or "you're the only one" - I'm not sure. Well, I moved my little guy around but there was no one...none of the little buggers who hide out in corners sniping at you, or the ones who have earned enuf points to make themselves invisible so the sneak up behind you and take you out...nothing. Then this clock was ticking off, and the game was over. Seems they had all killed each other off (I guess) leaving only me. Well, guess they got PISSED. I saw a comment like "was he hiding out?" and another like "I didn't do much better" and next thing I knew, D_______n was being "voted off". (LOL. Like excuse the livin f__k outta me...the prima donna little pricks.) But all in all the gameplay and the graphics of this game take videogaming to an all new level. You'll get hooked on it, and I'm already looking forward to the next.