I would have to agree with the comment above in kevinkin's post - it is the tactile-ness of board games and paper-pencil games that is appealing to me.
I really enjoy my PC games: CMANO, Strategic Command, Flashpoint Red Storm, along with all of the Xbox console content. But there are times when I love to break out my Avalon Hill and Victory games - whether it is to play Rise and Decline of the Third Reich, 6th Fleet, MBT, or even Axis and Allies. I love setting up my War of the Ring game and playing it with a friend, even though most times I know Sauron's forces are going to trounce over Middle-earth. There is something fun about the physicality of it all that a video game does not provide.
Don't get me wrong, I love CMANO and its function that allows me to click on any icon on the board and get a vast array of data for the platform or weapon. I love that it interacts all these pieces in real time to simulate a battle. It is truly awesome, but there is still something to sitting down at the table.
Maybe it is because I am older - in my 50's - and I grew up with that kind of gaming first. We had the fortune of watching computer games evolve into what they are today. I mean, my first foray into computer games was Pong. There is a comfort to opening a book, or manual, to discern the results. It is cool to look at all the counters on the board and think about how you will move them on your turn. To many, I am sure this is weird, but that is an enjoyment for me.
I do know that I cannot create the same interest for my son. He would rather run around in a FPS then to put his mind and time into my games, but I still try every time I get them out or there is a rainy Saturday to fill. I think it is unfortunate for him because he doesn't collect anything. Maybe that is just my nostalgia coming through, but I really like looking at my shelf and wondering what I want to do today. Where do I want to go?
Oh well, to each there own and as long as it is happy gaming!