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> Lua has grown very popular in the games industry and is used as a
> scripting language for games such as World of Warcraft, Farcry and
> Neverwinter Nights.  I've met many people who learned Lua as their first
> programming language merely to create nifty mods for these games.  They
> enjoy the immediate visual feedback from seeing their mod in action. 
> In this sense, Lua served as a gateway drug to their interest in
> programming and now many I know have started to learn C++ or Python.

So they can become real programmers? ;)

(A related question: are Lua programmers quiche eaters?)

-- Roberto