I've played games since childhood, and more serious games since the late 1970s, when I was introduced to Twixt, Risk, Midway, D-Day, and 1776. I've taken chess rather seriously (back when I took myself rather seriously), and attempted the same with Go, but overall I prefer to dabble in several areas rather than dive deep into one. In the 1980s I played a lot of wargames, even some monsters (War in the East, Europa series--we actually cranked out Fall of France, aka Tweezer Madness), but that was mostly due to having one good friend who was also into that. But once high school ended, so did my "serious" gaming.
Nowadays I mostly play eurogames with my friends and family, so though my personal tastes run a bit more toward wargames, abstracts, and heavier euros, I'm usually pulled back to reality (which on balance is a good thing).