I played some games when I was a child - Afrikan tähti, Trivial pursuit, Monopoly etc. - the usual.
The new enlightment came maybe with Carcassonne. Later started the collecting of board games - my girlfriend's working at a drift store certainly didn't slow it down! Nowadays I'm more thoughtful...
Carcassonne hasn't hit the tables lately, Power Grid has been the number one. It's fun to gather around a game with friends or meet new people also. After all, boardgaming is a form of social life. But what a great form it is!