I too wanted to be a game designer myself
but I'm still in training with my other lessons which I may need in the future (HTML,XHTML,etc.)
Although I'm still learning these,I have a friend whose advice may give you a good starting point
Here's my friend's suggestion:
Maybe you can start out by learning arts
(Drawings,Sketches,Land scapes,Drawing people)
which is the most basic step for me to start with. you could take online video drawing lessons
which may enchance your skills.
I know one good program for land scapes which is terragen
although if you're to try it,make sure it matches with your OS requirements http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/
If you're already good at that,maybe it would be a good point where in you would participate in forums to post your artworks:
One good site would be http://www.deviantart.com/
This may be of help to you
Edited by Commander Gman, 23 August 2007 - 08:44 AM.