Originally Posted by Squeek
I also liked the author's point about "RPG" being a historical thing that means “mechanics derived from D&D." That doesn't say enough, but I think it's a good place to start. D&D defined this genre.
D&D is the ultimate game. It's the one where anything's possible. That's worth keeping straight, IMO. But developers never mention that, no matter how often they discuss and describe RPG, and that's because they're not in the business of making that kind of game, not exactly. With technical and business constraints to consider, they compromise on that fantastic original concept.