I was frustrated by the indie games scene before being frustrated by the indie games scene was cool.

The esteemed Bennett Foddy gave a brilliant talk at Indiecade East on the history and current state of “indie games”:

Especially poignant to me is the fact that he starts out the talk with a quote from Edmund McMillen, complaining that the “indie games scene” no longer fits his definition of the indie games scene. In comparison, here’s something I wrote 9 years ago — when Edmund McMillen was just getting started — complaining that the “indie game scene” no longer fit MY definition.

I suspect a little digging could turn up a usenet post from 16 years ago, when I was just getting started making video games, complaining about how the indie games scene wasn’t what it had been in the late 1980s.