When it comes to role playing games, it seems a good majority of the gaming community is pretty biased about the type of RPG. Die hard fans of the gritty, realistic RPGs from western devs seems to clash with fans of RPGs with a more Asian feel to them. The division between WRPGs and JRPGs is big enough to make some fans be completely biased towards one side or another, leaving to a pathetic spat between the two fanbases.
Where do I stand in the middle of this kerfluffle? Well, while looking over my RPG collection, it seems I have a preference to JRPGs; however, I have a great number of western games that I’ve fallen in love with. While games like The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, Baldur’s Gate, and the Deus Ex series are some of my top nominations for greatest western RPGs in the industry, it seems that the likes of Fire Emblem, Dark Souls, Final Fantasy, Tales Of, Disgaea, and Dark Cloud are just more enjoyable to me. Maybe I’m a bit biased because I had more Asian exposure than a western one while growing up, or maybe it’s coincidence, but hell, I love myself a good JRPG. I just eat that shit up.
Why any role playing game fan would want to deprive themselves of a good game simply because of the region it comes from is beyond me. From how I see it, not playing a game because it was made by an Asian or Western dev is like shooting yourself in the foot. NOT playing Dark Cloud or Baldur’s Gate simply because of where they came from is an ABSOLUTE SIN, and you’re only hurting yourself if you brush off games like that.
Actually, here’s an example. I know a guy who won’t play an JRPG because of the “girly moe shit and unrealistic nonsense that I wouldn’t be caught dead playing.” Are a lot of people this self-conscious about what other people think? Would the majority of video game enthusiasts out there skip out on an awesome game simply because of other people’s thought on them simply owning the game? If it’s a good game, then play the fucker! I wouldn’t give a fuck if someone saw me playing anything from The Witcher to Hyperdimension Neptunia. If I thought the game was fun, I’d fucking play it. Remember how people got teased for liking video games because they weren’t in the mainstream market just yet, and yet, they still played video games? All of those “Haha! What a loser! What a geek! Get a life, you shut-in!” comments? Yeah, like that. People need to grow up and appreciate games as games and not label them by where they come from.
Whether it comes from the East, the West, the North, the South, the center, down the road, next to Wal-Mart, fuckin’ Jupiter, or up my ass, people need to stop grouping RPGs by their region and then throwing generalization onto them. The terms WRPG and JRPG should only have to denote the game’s origins and nothing more. Does it make me angry seeing that happen? Well, yeah, kind of. I don’t bash on a game because it looks too anime-like, or too western. If it’s got the gameplay to back it up, it’s alright by me. Besides, I have other ways to call a shitty game shitty.