@nolastname: different people have different favotites, but you and your friend should watch the Best of Giant Bomb videos on YouTube. There's like 60 of those, but they're all super-well-done compilations that are like 10 minutes each. Check out a few of those. Glad you're enjoying the site!
xpantherx makes his highlights on a relatively concurrent basis with what's being put up on the site. From memory TheBurlapLemur makes his as he works through the Quick Look backlog, slowly catching up to today. I should mention that there is minimal crossover between the two.
Still, while people often say that technically it's better to start on acoustic, people I trust have always said start with what you'll enjoy playing. If the kind of music you're into is AC/DC or Kiss, you're not going to enjoy practice nearly as much on an acoustic
This is super important but In my opinion it doesn't matter what kind of guitar you start on very much to begin with.
In which case, yes that would be a fantastic guitar to start on. No matter what guitar you decide to get, once gotten take it to someone who will set it up for you, getting the action how you want it and get some good strings on there and such. A music store should be able to help you out with that.