Weren't old home computers just useless games consoles?

A part from recreation, they were sold like most things 'on the premise of a lie' - that they could be useful in the average household. Most of them used for playing Jet-set willy and learning pointless obsolete programming. How many people use basic now? Waste of time really, weren't they?
Update: @Grundoon, I dunno I'm not a human trafficker
Update 2: I'm not talking about PC. I mean the Amstrad CPC464, spectrum, commodore vic 20 / 64, even the Amiga
Update 3: There isn't even a section here to post under for the first home computers, they are that obsolete.
Update 4: I'm just nominating this answer because it's so random and bizarre:
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