Originally Posted by ChienAboyeur
It is answered in the previous posts with the circularity bit.
Either some games were introduced through the back door while not being RPGs, but nevertheless growing into classics. So yes, anyone sticking to the general definition, which is not a bad definition, but was not respected or applied, exclude classics which were not RPGs in the first place.
Unrespected definitions are not bad definitions.
Or these games belong to cRPG debut and therefore started small.
cRPGs is that computer games genre that took the technology evolution ride not to expand role playing but to decrease RPGs.