Error: "This game cannot be played."

I get this error when I try to play any game I purchased from the iTunes Music Store:
This game cannot be played.
Connect your iPod to iTunes and reinstall the game.
The only way I know of reinstalling is turning off syncing for games and applying, then turning it back on again and applying so it installs again. Why isn't this working for me?
This is not the same as the failed to authorize message.

I cannot load the game I purchased onto my iPod. I get the following error message:
The game Mahjong was not copied to the iPod "Rich's iPod" because you are not authorized to play it on this computer.
I am using the PC version of iTunes. My generation 5 video iPod is running ver 1.2 of the iPod software. I shut down and restarted the PC but still have the problem.

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