Hey man, I feel ya. I am 26 years old and I am seeking a way into the gaming industry myself. I personally would be happy being a video game tester, (making sure all of the kinks are worked out of a game to ensure the most enjoyable experience is a great responsibility that most people overlook), however it doesn't pay well for the most part.
To be honest, the only thing I would suggest that you work for that would be up your ally, would be a video game reviewer. This can be stressful if working for a video game or entertainment rag, however, going independant in this kind of field is really difficult and almost impossible to pull off without some kind of established fanbase or editorial experience under your belt. You also need to 'keep up with the Jones' and get video games the day of release and review them as soon as possible ( this can be very expensive with the rising cost of games, these days).
Your best bet, overall, is to start off working as a tester and get a degree in jouralism or just make your word known as being the best around amongst the industry. It takes time to become well known and trusted in the field, and you will have to claw your way up through the gutter to emerge on top. There is no easy way to acheive the goal you seek, but once it is acheived, you will be doing something that you love for the rest of your life.
P.S. Get to the West Coast as soon as you can, there is basically no strong video game industry (development or publication) on the East Coast.
Congrats on the game going to IGF!
Gaming before I could walk.