(re: Future of Adventures ?) I just played the demo of Syberia 2, looking to pick up the original now. There definitely seems to have been a bit of a resurgence in adventure games lately.
Out of Order is a terrific freeware adventure. Runaway looks great (need to pick it up). You’ve got the Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, and Law & Order games. I really think people are starting to realize that walking around shooting things gets old after a while.