The heroines of many JRPGs are anything but heroic, instead shrinking into the background as the boys step into the fray - a tradition that traces its roots back to ancient Japanese theater.
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The difference between Japanese and Western-style RPGs may be as simple as the pronoun associated with the hero - I or We.
The Shin Megami Tensei games are distinctive and memorable, combining classic JRPG gameplay with aspects of world mythology, religion, and technology. Atlus Japan's Eiji Ishida and Kazuma Kaneko grant a rare interview to discuss the process that goes into crafting them.
Few games are as true-blue American as Nintendo's classic JRPG Earthbound.