The video game industry is a very robust industry and any one with a creative mind can just about fit into it. These days you don’t have to have a very sophisticated PC or Laptop to be able to create games. In fact I believe if you can play games you can very well make them.
Practice they say make perfect so the best place to start is to practice with designing simple games. You can start with designing simple Flash games and then move up the ladder to meet some more challenges later on with the sophisticated game design techniques.
Here is where to start from:
Graphic softwares: if you ever want to do anything in the line of video game then you have to learn some of these softwares used to design game graphics such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe flash, Zbrush, Maya, StudioMax 3D or any other one out there you can easily get your hands on. To find out more about any of these softwares just Google it. If you are able to get your hands on any of them then you have to start learning it right away. You can also find free tutorials on any of them by using the keyword: free tutorial on Adobe Photoshop, free tutorial on Maya etc. This will help you a long way in getting yourself started and getting used to these softwares.
By the time you have gotten a grip on these softwares you can then move further to learn more about programming languages such as C++, Visual Basic, Action script, Flash script etc. to learn more about this just search for the topic using the same method I showed you earlier.
You will also need to know about stuffs like Game engines, Graphic pipeline, software development kit and more. It will do you a lot good if you learn about the various game design platforms such as the PC platform, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and lots more. Now try visiting some game forums and ask questions, lots of them on any topic that interest you. When you are done doing this the next thing for you to do is to decide on which area you want to focus on because the game industry is a very robust one. You can pick your career choice from any of the popular ones such as Graphic designer, Game programmer, level designer, or any other one that interest you.
Once you have decided on the area you want to focus on the next thing to do is to try and do a short demo that you can show to your friends and family. Watch to see if they are impressed with your demo. You will know from their facial expression and remarks after playing the game. If you succeed in this stage of your presentation then you can start your search for a school where you can get professional training. Package this same demo into a presentable demo reel and then write an application to any school of your choice and wait patiently for a reply.
If you are lucky to get admitted to any game design school of your choice the next thing to do is to explore your mind! Open up your mental faculty to a higher level of creativity. Best of luck from me to you.