Our female kitty, who is unofficially DH's sweetie pie (I bought her for him when she was 7 weeks old, he picked her out of a litter of 8 kittens) can be very aloof. However when she wants to play she lets you know loud and clear. She will bring her favorite string toy, drop it at your feet, and meow at you very loudly until you play with her. She's about 5 years old now and still continues with this habit. It's funny because she'll leave us alone for hours and then suddenly has to be the center of attention.
This is also the same kitty who used to bully the other two grown cats out of their food when she barely weighed 3lbs. She's also played the same game with DH since she was a kitten. She'll come up to him and meow very loudly and insistently for attention. He'll go to pet her and she'll run a foot away and then meow again. She'll keep doing this getting him to chase her until she finally let's him catch her to cuddle with him. He is the only she'll do it with, it's quite funny to see my burly husband chasing after and cuddling our little kitty.
And just one more story; my siamese mix who is 15 this year is a hugger. He will stand on his hind legs and wrap his front legs around your neck and bury his head into you. He's been with me since I was 19, and is just as cuddly as ever.