Ratings are just based on how much you submit to The Daily Click. If you look under User Admin, you can see how many DC points you need for each rank. Downloads are worth 5 DC points, and reviews of other people's games are worth 2.
TGF has an easier interface to learn and only costs $20. MMF is more powerful and has less limitations, but costs $100 and has a more difficult interface. There are 30-day trial versions of both (you can't compile .exe's with them) on www.clickteam.com. Have fun!
"Omg. Where did they get the idea to not use army guys? Are they taking drugs?" --Tim Schafer on originality in videogames
I wouldn't recommend Visual Basic. Great for 'applications' but sucks for almost anything else, especially games. Go for C, C++, or MMF if you don't mind a challenge, or use TGF if you want to start slow.
Disclaimer: Any sarcasm in my posts will not be mentioned as that would ruin the purpose. It is assumed that the reader is intelligent enough to tell the difference between what is sarcasm and what is not.