Posted by AchillesHeel
If you like sports management games, Sports Interactive's Football Manager series (titled "Worldwide Soccer Manager" in the U.S.) pretty much rules. Obviously, it helps if you like soccer, but I'm not sure that's even mandatory, since it's a management game and you don't play the actual matches. You can download the demo and see for yourself.
I don't know if you'll classify them as "30-yr-old in mom's basement" games, but if you like RPGs and shooters, Fallout 3 and Mass Effect are must-play games.
I don't play a ton of strategy games, but Civilization IV and Company of Heroes are the elite, imo. If you like it at all, Civilization is an incredibly addictive time-sink. Company of Heroes is the best RTS ever designed. It came out in '06, and a sequel came out in '07, but people still play it. There's a 3rd one being released in April, so you can probably get the first two for cheap.
Posted by Ordep
But if you're looking to "play on your PC" and not just "PC games" I recommend to download some emulators (probably NES, NEO-GEO and SNES) and get some sports classic like "Baseball" for NES, Tecmo Super Bowl for Snes and Metal Slug for Neo-Geo. There are a bunch of other sports classic for those plattaforms too and you can find them anywhere.
Posted by bojangalz
Couple of things...
First off Emulators are the sh*t! I just got a new laptop, and haven't had time to look into whats new out there, but off the top of my head I remember using one called NEStron for the good 'ol NES emulation. I used both zSNES and , Snes9x for Super Nintendo. I know that I've got some of those files still on my home computer, but I won't be able to really sit down and get into detail about all of it until tomorrow evening at the earliest. I'll PM you with the exact names of the programs, you should be able to google them for endless results.
Just a few things to know about emu's. The emulator itself isn't a game. It's mearly the software which tells your computer to act like the system it is trying to emulate, and allows the computer to read the program language of whatever game you are trying to play.
The game files are called "ROMs". You'll need to google "NES roms", or snes roms" to find the results you're looking for. The game files on old systems are incredibly small. If I'm not mistaken a standard NES ROM file is less then 1 MB in size. All you need to do is save the rom locally to your hard drive, then launch your emulator program and open the rom from there. It's a piece of cake.
If you've got any questions, PM me and I'll get you started.
Posted by AchillesHeel
A game I'm looking forward to is Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. It's a sequel to Escape from Butcher Bay, which was a great game (and the prequel to Pitch Black). However, if you don't have Butcher Bay, don't get it; that game is being repackaged with updated graphics as part of Dark Athena.