So you want to break into the video game industry (you want a game biz job). First, you have to know which type of job you want -- if you don't know which you want, you need to read about the game industry and the types of jobs in it. Then you might need to make a decision. Third, you need to be qualified for the job. Fourth, you need to know how to find information and how to ask good questions (you need to not ask bad questions). Finally, we have tips for getting the job.
My real name is Timothy Springer. I live in Barbados(Caribbean island). I have the passion and drive to make games, it is something I want to do so badly in my life I can taste it! But living here in the Caribbean there aren't any connections to the gaming industry(the Universities don't even teach Game Simulation). If there is anyone out there who can help me get to a University, An Internship, something I would be thankful. Video games are entertainment but they are also worlds where people can escape real life and be that somebody the world depends on.
best of luck finding a sponsor. Best bet would be for you to a) move state-side or b) train through online courses/sites like this and do your own games. Yea, getting set up here in the states might be tough but if you really wanna do it...
schools are only important to set the basis to learn about how to learn, and that you can learn with just about higher education. If you really want to be game designer, go to the university, graduate in whatever you think you could like.
In the between, more than reading books, which are sometimes very hard to understand, I would start by reading blogs about game design. There are huge set of them over the internet with their personal experiences about game design. By reading blogs you can have a direct contact with that experience and you can communicate with the blog author increasing the learning potential.
Once you feel you have more or less some overview about the discipline, start to create your own game concepts, game designs, and share them with friends, or even send them to game designers with whom you have create contacts, receivign feedback is the best way to increase the speed of learning.
After that, even if you were in the north pole, you would still be connected to the internet, find projects needing game designers, and try to participate in it. There are hundreds of opensource projects with remoter collaborators seeking for good game designers, and the only thing that you need to join in, is a connection and the wish/will to participate.
If you want to know about game designs blogs, go to http://www.game-designers.net , they are keeping a good reference to game design information.