Career advice: Like video games? So do I. Buy them. They're cheap at programmer salaries and will, when used as directed, very rarely ruin your life. The same cannot be said of burnout-inducing jobs.
n.b. Structural realities of the video game industry are common knowledge but you can take a grizzled old hand -- say, a 30 year old engineer -- out for coffee if you want to hear about what a typical development cycle looks like at a company you love.