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Best Games for Tech Pros

It rarely takes much to entice a techie to fire up a game, but here's how gaming skills pair up with professional expertise.

Fallout 3

Ideal for: Software developers

Why ideal: Graphics + artificial intelligence + scripting = true art

Type: Role-playing game

Playable online: No

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Ideal for: The nation's first CTO

Why ideal: Gives the "loner" tech worker friends around the world who have his back

Type: Social game

Playable online: Yes

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Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Ideal for: Enterprise architects

Why ideal: Building a new infrastructure, er, civilization is the ultimate problem-solving experience

Type: Strategy game

Playable online: Yes

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Ideal for: Network admins

Why ideal: Tech worker swoops in, kicks ass -- and finally gets some $%#@ respect!

Type: Shooter game

Playable online: Yes

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StarCraft II

Ideal for: Help desk technicians

Why ideal: Putting out fires at work is easier if you're good at it at play

Type: Real-time strategy game

Playable online: Yes

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Diablo III

Ideal for: Database admins

Why ideal: Lets you toggle between mindless pleasure (Alt-Tab) and a stressful job (Esc)

Type: Role-playing game

Playable online: Yes

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