I didn't give you any ammo to work with, I have listed some specifics below.
One of the things that is important to me is a game that I can pop a CD in and play without internet connection. (A) I live in the country so the internet service is terrible (B) When I travel I don't have to worry about Wi-Fi or internet service to play the game.
Types of games I like:
combat or shooting games or something like Unreal(I used to play that 10 years ago) - genre not important
Something I could play using keyboard and mouse.
I just went to returned a game(Supreme Commander II) from Gamestop because it had to be run through something called Steam. The guy at Gamestop assured me that the game would run off of the disk alone and it wouldn't.
As I was typing this a box just popped up and said the game was downloading and would be ready to play in 3 hrs and 49 minutes??????????? The game was returned an hour ago?????
This indicates the novice you are dealing with so please bear with me.
Windows 7 64 bit
Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache
4GB3 Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
Specifications - Memory
1GB2 ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 560v
Specifications - Video Card