IGN's Dan Adams is the kind of guy who lives and breathes real-time strategy games. This is evident in his comprehensive overview of the genre, where he discusses everything from the DOS-based Ancient Art of War to today's top sellers and beyond. For RTS newbs and veterans alike, this article can serve as either a fascinating introduction, or a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Over the past decade, consoles have attempted to capitalize on the genre's PC popularity by porting games like Warcraft, Warhammer, and Command & Conquer (with mixed results). There have also been console exclusives such as Goblin Commander, Pikmin, Kessen, and the last two Kingdom Under Fire titles. However, these offerings haven't enjoyed the success of their PC contemporaries, which is somewhat ironic, given the console roots of RTS classics, Herzog Zwei and Dune II (also a PC title). EA is hoping for permanent crossover success when they bring The Battle for Middle-earth 2 to the Xbox 360 later this year.

What are your favorite RTS games of all time? If you haven't already, would you consider playing strategy titles on a console?