I just turned 37, my job has turned into a career, and my kids are no longer babies but have actual personalities. I no longer have a fraction of the time I used to. It's not that I no longer enjoy gaming, in fact I genuinely miss the 'selfish' time I previously had. I currently get a chance to play in increments of an hour or two maybe twice a week.
Also, I'd have to say my tastes have dramatically changed within the last few years as well. It's felt like I've been 'forcing' myself to continue playing a genre I no longer have much of a connection to. I've always enjoyed the team shooter and was usually average to almost very good. I still have the desire to pit myself against others but recognize its a skill that can very easily be lost without playing regularly (never mind the handicap of not knowing the maps well). I never wanted that guy on my team dragging everyone down so I'd hate to turn into that guy. Also my tolerance for squeakers is almost nil. I'm not being rude, I think I'd barely be able to talk to a raging, hate filled 13 year old in real life. I would not willing choose to pipe them directly into one ear during my downtime.
So here's my question. What's out there to play? I've enjoyed the stealth games, (Splinter Cell, Assassins ...) but I don't know of many like them. What game can a (mostly) mature guy enjoy that doesn't involve just a massive investment of time? Arcade games seem to have no appeal to me. I've tried several but I'm old enough to have thrown away a good chunk of time at an actual arcade and I've no real desire to revisit them.
This is my wall of text. Any ideas?
Suggest a game that isn't a shooter, that isn't life consuming to play but isn't Kinect Disney.