Usually, only the "stupid" questions get negative responses.
I could see a religious group being more polarized one way or another.
Platform usually denotes the hardware / operating system that it's going
to be run on. for instance - Playstation (1, 2, or 3), PSP, GB, DS, xBox
(original or 360), PC or Mac, mobil (cell phone) - each of these is a
different platform and usually each has it own specifications and
limitations that you need to take into account when creating a game for it.
Video cards can/do suck power and produce lots of heat.
Making a career out of this is somewhat diffrent than just doing this as
a hobby (IMO). There are lots of books out there concerning going into
this as a career.
My recommendation is any of the books that Thomson Course Technology has;
These are pricy books - $30 ~ $100+ each.
Amazon will carry most of these - but if there is a college or
university near you, you can probably pick up some good books at one of
the bookstores that cater to their students. You can sometimes find
books on ebay too.
Just learn to be a duck and let stuff like that roll off your back.
There are going to be jerks everywhere you go, just ignore them.