I'm not too old (still in my 20s) but I do have some good memories around the late 90s early 2000s of playing adventure games with my siblings, like the Neverhood, Knights Chase, King's Quest. Later on I was also exposed to Myst and Riven, two games which I have recently played through and did enjoy for the most part. More recently, back in 2014, I played and thoroughly enjoyed the Talos Principle. In fact I was blown away by it.
These games give you a certain kind of ponderous, slow, thoughtful experience which is typically absent from 3D action games in particular. I don't think that's a good thing and I have recently reminded myself the importance of taking on challenges like crosswords and puzzles, because these problem-solving experiences are not only very valuable for life in general, but they are also very satisfying.
Has anyone else been thinking along these lines?