And when I asked for new games, they would say "games are so expensive. Why don't you program your own?"
"Because compilers and graphics editors are expensive too." I imagine that this was the era before GCC and GIMP and other free software took off in popularity. And nowadays, it's more "Because game consoles don't let amateurs load their own programs and run them" and "Because you need a Mac to make iPad games, and a Mac is more expensive than a hundred iPad games."