My dear Qayyum,
please keep in mind that I do not post a screenshot of everything I create, I just do it when I want to show off and get people to tell me how great I am (
) because that is a motivational boost. Plus, by doing so I keep folks informed that I'm still active.
Sometimes I also pixel something just to show off. Yes, the russian cathedral is, strictly speaking, a waste of time. But that was made at a time where I didn't pixel for a while and even published all my unfinished work since I was not sure I would continue at all, kind of a magnus opum. And it got me back into doing stuff regularly again, so it was definitelly worth it.
These desert buildings, on the other hand, are not wasteful at all. It's not to prove that I can do them, I don't think I have to. I did them because they were lacking, and I needed some fun distraction from the usual european stuff. I created 12 buildings within the weekend, and if I had to do another 12, it would be easier now that the style is already set and I simply have to combine the elements in different ways.This is a different and more efficient approach than what was done earlier in pak development, where pretty much each building was it's own seperate entity. I try to manage and reuse as much as possible, because the whole creation process speeds up.
Finally, I don't get paid. I'm pretty sure my art would be good enough to be sold, but I prefer to pixel for free, just so I can experiment and do what's fun, and more importantly, not do what I don't like to do. I did, and I always will do, some crazy projects that are not required, just because I wanted to do them. I tell you, I'm more productive if I get to show off from time to time, otherwise the mundane tasks might get too boring and I'd need a few months of break again.
Finally, about the cats... I updated the pyramid way back, and gave it an entrance. Part of it were cat statues, which I think make a lot of sense in ancient egypt. I then just reused them in smaller buildings (rather than creating something new from scratch - efficiency). I honestly can't see anything wrong with them, given that cats are usually not a religious symbol, and even if some religions would forbid them, it could still be a temple of another religion, eg. a temple for the god of internet videos. If that is not palateble for your believes, I'm sorry. But I won't change it - for one, because I don't want someones believes to dictate what I can and cannot do, but mostly because it's a freaking cat. If that's going to be a problem, I don't know what else will. Eg. I recently created a slaughterhouse, pretty sure that's not okay with hindus, guess the whole chain needs to go, right?