Some folks in the Edinburgh gamedev scene (can I call us a scene? I think we’re a scene) are trying to re-found the long-defunct Scotland chapter of the International Game Developers Association. If you’re a game developer living/working in Scotland, especially a hobbyist/indie developer or a student, consider joining the IGDA and helping us get the new chapter off to a flying start. Membership in the IGDA is cheap, especially for students, and definitely worth the investment. Monthly meetings (like the weekly @GameDevEd), SIGs, demo nights, jams, you name it — help us get the chapter going and let us know what you’d like to see from a Scotland chapter.
Among other things, the IGDA runs the annual Global Game Jam — and for the last two years the Glasgow-based Scottish Game Jam has been among the largest and most successful jam site. I’ve been part of Scottish Game Jam every year since its inception, and it’s an absolutely brilliant experience; in fact, Levelheaded, an iPhone physics/puzzle game, is a more polished version my team’s 2009 jam game Jarhead (the rule for that jam was that a game had to take no more than a minute to play, hence the slightly ludicrous speed of Levelheaded).