It could be useful to have such a conversation on the site for future learners, but it would have to be here, not done privately. First questions: what operating system are you using and what compiler? Do you have access to Visual Studio, and are you using Windows? Or do you prefer to learn on Linux?
Games worth playing are spectacularly complicated so you won't be starting with that. Even simple games are quite complex. Do you have a specific game you want to use to target your learning? We can perhaps use that as inspiration for example programs. It will need to be a text-mode game, turn-based perrhaps, and definitely not real-time.