To future devs, please don't act like this when you go under. Really doesn't help when you want to go back in business.
Yeah, I don't know that I really have anything more to add to this than what everyone else is saying, but man, as a game developer and someone who loves games and the industry, this shit infuriates me. I wasn't planning on writing much, but then it all just kinda spilled out, so here I go.
First off, when someone calls their own work "art" or says they make art games, it already sets off my "pretentious meter" super hard. But then to turn around, cuss out your own industry, act like a child, and act like it's everyone else's fault that your game sold poorly is just foolishness on another level. You are not children. You are not MOBA players (probably). You are grown ass adults. Grow up.
Sales and adaptation
I've worked on games that sold less than 4000 units, one that sold less than 400! All you can do is analyze the responses form people who played them, figure out what people like and don't like about it, and use that knowledge to grow as a developer so that your next game is better.
I strongly disagree that the games should be publicly funded, especially if they'd be funding people with poor or no track records of making quality games. People tend to focus too hard on the "art" part of "art game" and forget about the "game" part. If I made a deeply artistic and beautiful "art car", but the car ran like garbage, people wouldn't buy it. It's not the governments job to bail out my "art car."
Passion (and I think the most important point I'll make)
If I wanted to be rich, I would not be a game developer. But I do this work because I love it, it makes me feel good, it brings me satisfaction. There are two pieces of advice that I believe everyone should remember:
1. If you CANmake a living doing what you love, then do it.
and the most important bit of advice
2. DO NOT expect to make a living doing what you love. For most people, doing what you love is called a hobby. The vast majority of people in life DO NOT get to do what they love and get paid for it. So if making art games is what you love and it's not paying the bills, then you need to get another job that does pay and make art games as a hobby.
I cannot stress this point enough. Talk to almost anyone you know in life. Most people don't love their jobs, most people have things they do on the side because it's their passion. Those people don't expect the government to fund them if their knitting project doesn't pay their mortgage.