Game of the Year 2012 - Best RPG Qualifiers
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January 7th, 2013, 12:41
The thing about the RPG genre is that it's not pure by definition. It will always be a hybrid genre - just like it was when PnP arrived, where the tactical combat aka Wargame genre was not sufficient to cover it.
So, it really makes no sense to try and define the pure RPG. I suppose you could make a case for "traditional" RPGs - but a lot of modern games that are generally accepted as RPGs would have to be removed from the genre, like Mass Effect - which is more of an action game than an RPG.
Essentially, the rational approach is not to fret about definitions - but to focus on whether a game is good or not.