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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

With this many troops firing on the enemy, we’ll soon have all the sweet Tiberium we can harvest.  Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars hits the sweet spot in real-time strategy games, somehow making it fun to micromanage your resources, buildings, and troops. As in other RTS titles, players need to keep harvesting the land—in this case, gathering mysterious Tiberium crystals—to fund the production of buildings. Those buildings then create vehicles, fighters, and other units you can use to attack your opponent on the battlefield. Additional twists, such as maintaining enough power plants to give your growing encampments electricity, keep the game interesting. Command & Conquer 3 does nearly everything right, including providing extensive single-player options to play as the good or bad side, and online multiplayer match-ups. Even the things it gets wrong—goofy video sequences—are somehow so bad they’re good.

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XtremeMac MicroShield

Clear hard case for the iPod nano.

Incase Leather Sleeve for iPod touch

Leather case for the iPod touch.

Incase Leather Sleeve for iPod nano

Leather case for the iPod nano.

Griffin Technology Reflect for iPod touch

Mirrored chrome-finish case for the iPod touch.

Sibelius 5

Sibelius 5 has an uncluttered interface.  When most people think of the intersection of Macs and music, they think of synthesizers, MIDI, and apps like Logic Pro. But some musicians like to score their music the old-fashioned way—on paper, with musical notes written on a staff. And to do that on a Mac, there’s Sibelius.

Incase Protective Cover for iPod nano

Silicone case for the iPod nano.

Incase Protective Cover for iPod touch

Silicone case for the iPod touch.

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Pole Position Remix

 Pole Position initially seems like a good fit for an iPod remake; this racer adapts the arcade steering wheel to the click wheel. But think back to the difficulty of the original. Unless you were that one savant who could keep racing, you probably dropped quarters into the classic, only to crash into enemy cars, run out of time, and burn through all of your snack money. While not a literal copy of the original, the iPod version captures this frustration perfectly.