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RPG Soapbox: The Genre Distinction

Chad Awkerman of Dualshockers.com writes (and rants) about the divide between JRPGs and Western RPGs.

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Stealth2k2497d ago (Edited 2497d ago )

how about the fact is all describe is location

They arent genres

This article is stupid as hell

Demon souls isnt a jrpg? Than what was kings field? Oh thats right. Its sub genre is ation rpg and its location descriptor is jrpg

look at the main rpg wiki to learn

Abriael2497d ago (Edited 2497d ago )

yeah Wikis are SO good to learn. Lol.

VampiricDragon2497d ago (Edited 2497d ago )

They are if they use the actual definition of what genres of rpgs actually are and what

jrpg and wrpg actually mean

Go to any site, look at a game. The genre will never be jrpg or wrpg because they arent genres. Look at ign, rpgfan, rpgamer, rpgdreamer, gamefaqs, any site.

rambler2497d ago (Edited 2497d ago )

The article makes some very good points, but Dark/Semons Souls are definitely JRPG. The distinction between the 2 is only an origin descriptor. If it is anything more than that it is wrong, as there are obvious exceptions to "western" and "japanese" styles everywhere and there always has been.

Abriael2497d ago

Every genre has aberrations and variations. Just look at Mass Effect 2, is it a RPG? a TPS?

Hicken2497d ago

I thought this sort of thing was obvious. It's really NOT about where the game was made, but about the STYLE in which the game is designed.

Dark Souls and Demon's Souls have far more in common with Dragon Age than they do with Persona 4. Final Fantasy XIII, which is always said to have too heavy of a Western influence, has more in common with .hack than with Fallout.

There are fundamentally different gaming styles which define the two types of games; as such, it's perfectly possible for a Japanese company- like ATLUS- to make a WRPG, or for a Western developer- who ISN'T full of themselves- to make a JRPG.

GupX19A2497d ago

I agree with this article 100%. I get asked to play Skyrim, Fallout and other WRPGs all the time because I've always liked Final Fantasy and other JRPGs. I've tried, I don't like them.