Hmm... I think if you are just starting out and you just want to learn how to create games, you could get started fairly early by simply using freeGLUT or GLFW
That means you'd be learning the ground rules for 2D and 3D game development, however: It isn't really a shortcut to creating a game
In some cases people start early with text-based games (using the console window)
And in other cases people start out with SFML which I have heard makes it easy for you to create 2D games
Maybe you want to use pygame in Python, gamemaker just to get your feet wet and start creating a game right now...
There are alot of options here
I would take a look at the sticky threads, as they contain some great starting points
Pick a language and stick with it for a while, as you can't really go wrong..
Note that i specifically mentioned freeGLUT and GLFW because they enable to you write cross-platform opengl games, however if you are a beginner you might want to take a look at the other options available also..
Edited by Kaptein, 22 September 2013 - 02:27 AM.