Thanks for the response! I do need to clarify that my position is NOT that the audience are “haters,” and that they “don’t understand what makes pixel art great.” The point was that none of that is their problem or their responsibility. If they see a piece of art, no matter how good it is, if it’s in a language that requires special information, it’s not their job or responsibility to have or acquire that special information. The onus is on us to communicate in a language people already speak. Nobody owes us their time.
That said, this applies to anything. If, one day there is a huge resurgence of pixel art and like a billion people are “in the know,” well then, more people have the special knowledge and it becomes a more understood language. In that case, pixel art may not have the “what’s with all the squares” tax anymore.
So yeah, I’m not bitter, I’m not sad. I’m taking responsibility for failing to communicate clearly.
Thanks again for taking the time to write this.