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June 28th, 2012, 15:18
Originally Posted by fadedc View Post
Again, I don't think the genre is remotely defined even in P&P games. Go to any P&P RPG forum and you will find people arguing about what is and isn't roleplaying.
People may define genres and categories of games in many different ways and disagree about these categorizations. However, "playing a role" is simply taking those actions you think your character would take.

Some players might have more elaborate or simple concepts about their character, and the extent of the mechanics allowing you to play out the role might be more limited or expansive, depending on the game, but ultimately, either you are playing a role or you aren't.

There may be games not labeled as RPGs that allow some form of roleplaying, just as there are games not labeled shooters that may incorporate sniper rifles. But I've never seen a shooter without guns, nor a role playing game without role playing.
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