Here's a draft of something I wanted to post elsewhere but didn't:
WHO WANTS TO CODE GAMES WITH ME?!
If you don't feel like a huge investment, used or refurbished laptops from ebay are cheap:
Use this IDE to code in for Lua especially LOVE2D (TIC-80 has a built in IDE so does Godot):
Frameworks to Make Games in:
This class on making games is free to audit: