We’ve previously discussed the rise and boom of the Japenese role playing games or JRPG a while ago. We’ll now focus on its alleged downfall in today’s market. It is safe to say that despite its boom and popularity during the mid 90’s, not all JRPGs are good. There are those that are inferior or bad but most of the time the number of bad JRPGs isn’t that big. That’s because Japanese developers take pride into their work making sure that the games they make aren’t bad or unacceptable but of course there are those that are lost in the shuffle or become forgettable. Before we get to the negative reception in today’s market let’s look at some of the imperfections of JRPGs.
There are some JRPGs out there that are too hard. Just because a game is too challenging doesn’t mean that its bad but something too hard is just not right. There are some JRPGs that become lost due to their insane difficulty settings. There are also others that have contents that some western or international players just won’t understand. There are games that contain Japanese myths or mannerisms that trigger either a happy or sad event that some players just won’t understand at least in how it is presented.
Then of course one other classic fail usually back in the early days were translation errors. There are some dialogues that sound obscure along with naming errors. This is a mild concern since today’s games are translated to be closer to their source materials with very few errors. Now we go to the downfall of JRPG games. It’s a bit broad to say that the genre has a downfall but it is not as popular as it used to be. In today’s videogame market, action oriented and fast paced games are more dominant. There are still those that play the classic tactical JRPG games but not as much.
There are even some renowned JRPG franchises that tend to change their ways. They change the style of their games to cater to the international market. In a sense, they change what brought them to the ballgame in the first place. Classic tactical JRPGs have become cookie cutter games made from the west which is why part of its luster has faded. It truly is a sight to behold that the once mighty and popular JRPG has become limited in today’s gaming world. The mistakes are slowly being rectified as more and more developers even those that aren’t Japanese are getting back to the JRPG roots. It may take a while but perhaps a JRPG renaissance will be coming sometime in the future but we can only hope for that day to come.