In 1981 I played the pacman clone 'Munchkin' on a friend's Philips Videopac game computer.
I was hooked, and asked my father for a 'game computer.'
He refused and said "We'll get a real computer instead."
I asked him "What is a real computer?"
And he responded: "With a real computer you can make your OWN games."
We got a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and today I have my own indie game company and had a hit-game on the Appstore, reaching #1 iPad app in many countries.
Games got me into programming.