I have a BFA in game design and interactivity.
my only suggestion to someone before making the choice is go to an art school or programming school that has the program. the two year colleges won't prepare you with the skills and theory's you'll need in the real world. Its a tough industry and there's a lot of failure in getting a job, but if your strong (army strong?) in your approach and dedication to your education, you shouldn't have many problems.
keep in mind that there are more than one facet to making video games. you have designers, that Design the "fun" meaning the gameplay and the situations the game puts you in, then there are programmers who translate the designers intentions into logic the computer can understand, and then if your cool like me, you can be a Game artist (specifically environment art) and make 3d and 2d art assets that go into the game engine.
I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia. Its a good school albeit a bit expensive, but that's what the GI bill is for right? I've gone back on occasion to give talks and lectures.
if you want to know more, PM me.
Edit: I originally went to school to be an architect, I loved the program just fine, but the job market for architects is piss poor, plus I suck at advanced physics. Instead now I make fake buildings and thankfully I can't be sued if they fall down.
Last edited by Engelus; 12-16-08 at 03:04 AM.