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Indie Delusion: The Gaming Category that Doesn't Exist

The idea that a person or thing can be 'indie' is still emerging in the world of video games, but in film and music it's a wheezing stereotype long since discredited.

The illusion of independence has its most direct roots in cinema, where it overlapped with the idea of film as art in the 50s and 60s. Movies like Breathless, Easy Rider, Who's That Knocking at My Door, and Persona mixed with one another, creating an aura of expressionistic seriousness from cheaply produced movies that subverted the constrictive formulas of studio products. While these works were the products of incorporated film financiers, government grants, and, in many cases, low-budget experimental programs that movie studios offered, there was an otherness to these rude, personal, and shakily ambitious works.

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