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Submitted by epicjrpg 726d ago | news

PAX East Panel talks JRPGs – Are they still relevant today?

An all-star panel, composed of Kotaku's Jason Schreirer, Destructoid's Dale North, Polygon's Alexa Corriea, and Muteki's Adam Rippon, hold an excellent discussion at PAX East this past weekend titled, "Do JRPGs Really Still Matter?".

It's a great discussion of the relevance of the JRPGs in this era of gaming, one in which the genre is still highly demanded by its fans, but not as prominently featured in platform holder presentations or publisher marketing campaigns. (3DS, Android, Culture, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Next-Gen, PAX East 2013, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Canary  +   726d ago
The fact that they're even discussing this speaks of a deep bias.
BuffMordecai  +   726d ago
You bet your ass they are, now go back to playing your generic brown and bloom fps games.
yokokoroma  +   726d ago
The answer is Yes, JRPGS (in regards to the PS brand) are (or rather were) a fundamental part of previous iteration's of PlayStation. They are what the PS3 severely lacked this gen, and a genre which many prefer on consoles. It's too late for JRPGS to set precedence for the PS3, hopefully JRPG developers return to developing for consoles. (i.e. PS4.)
goltomergmans   726d ago | Spam
Max-Zorin  +   726d ago
Just not anything from today's Square.
kalkano  +   726d ago
@Canary & @BuffMordecai: If you watch the video, they are actually fans of the genre.
sdlkjoijsdfg   726d ago | Spam
izumo_lee  +   726d ago
In my mind JRPGs has gone back to what they were when they were first introduced way back when by catering to a very specific audience.

For the genre to be as big as they were when FF7 came out that made the genre more recognizable by the mainstream is that a game has to capture the public just as FF7 did. As of now no game has had that level of impact since, though some has come close. Also i believe when FF7 came out it helped a lot from the intense marketing that Sony did to get the game into the limelight.

I also think that since the Xbox 360 is the dominant system in the west that does not cater to JRPGs as much it has hurt the genres mind share. If the Xbox 360 supported the genre more the JRPG games may be more recognizable to the public eye but they are not on the system as much as they are on the PS3 where most of the supporters are.
LastXeno  +   726d ago
Actually the PS3 didn't have a lot of JRPG's either. Valkyria Chronicles, White Knight Chronicles, Tales of Graces F, and Ni No Kuni were the only good exclusive JRPG's while 360 had Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Infinite Un-discovery, and Last Remnant . Wii however had Xenoblade which is perhaps better than all the games I just listed, might be able to say the same for Last Story.
izumo_lee  +   726d ago
I'm not saying that the 360 didn't have any good to even great JRPGs, i am saying even with these the genre is still not as in the mind set as they were in the past. They are catered to a very specific audience instead of being talked about in the same sentence as like Halo, Uncharted etc.

The genre just doesn't have the name power that it once did in the past. Other than Final Fantasy how often do we see a JRPG be multi-million dollar seller? Not as often as they use to.

Which is why i was so happy that Ni no Kuni actually was a number one seller for a little while at least. This gen we have been bombarded with FPS that other genres are left behind & that is a shame.
rpgmanio   726d ago | Spam
Hicken  +   725d ago
Valkyria Chronicles and Lost Odyssey at the LEAST are as good as anything on the Wii. Not saying Pandora's Tower, The Last Story, and Xenoblade aren't great, but it's really just your fanboyism that thinks they're far and away the best the genre has to offer this gen.

I'd put VC, Graces f, and Ni no Kuni against Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia against Nintendo's three.
LastXeno  +   726d ago
I think MonolithSoft is going to make the genre even better with Xeno for Wii U. Also Atlus is collaborating with Intelligent for Shin Megami X Fire Emblem.
izumo_lee  +   726d ago
Monolith is doing their part but it is not enough until we see Squarenix be back to their prime. The leader in the JRPG scene is still considered to be Squarenix cause they are the brand that is most recognizable in the genre.

Also i really hope Nintendo does not mishandle Xeno Wii U as much as they did with the original Xenoblade. There should be no way that a game from Nintendo needed an online petition to convince Nintendo to localize the game.

That is one reason why the JRPG is the way they are now in the west at least is cause too often publishers do not localize their games. Namco Bandai being the most notorious on this matter.
rpgmanio   726d ago | Spam
SAYGUH  +   726d ago
You do have a point, FPS, & Dancing games took the shine this gen. Japanese gaming is on the decline, gaming in the future will be like goin to the movies, ” aw what I spent $60 for this”!?
Monkeysmarts  +   726d ago
So many times this gen I have gotten flat out bored with a game and wished I could sink into a good JRPG like they used to make them. I know there are some out there, but I haven't enjoyed them this gen... they just aren't the same.
rpgmanio   726d ago | Spam
bluetoto  +   726d ago
No.
C-Thunder  +   726d ago
Yes.
deafdani  +   724d ago
With AMAZING games like Xenoblade Chronicles? I'd say yes.

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