The title is prob a little weird sounding at the moment and likely to be changed. But hear me out.
Ever since Demon's Souls released years ago and the developers as well as reviewers were referring to it as a WRPG yet i see time and time again people referring to it as a JRPG because of where it was made.
So what is the point of saying something is a JRPG? For most people I've seen them use JRPG, WRPG, and SRPG as different genres as they are all very different gameplay styles since it is such a wide variaty of things. Kind of like shooters being branched off into FPS and TPS. But we dont say WFPS and JFPS. If you like WRPG's you usually like Dark Souls and Skyrim. If you like JRPG's you usually like Final Fantasy and Lost Odyssey.
But then you have people who names them primarily off location only and then it just seems to be too broad of an approach. If someone likes old classic RPG games like final fantasy known as a JRPG and asked me what kind of JRPG they would like i certainly wouldn't recommend Dark Souls as they are entirely different games. Where they were made makes no difference as they are completely different. I'd recommend other games that fit that playstyle.
On the other hand if a Skyrim fan asked me what kind of RPG they should try I would recommend Dark Souls as they are very similar in gameplay.
And this brings up another topic. For the people who just want to add Japanese in front of the word RPG because it was made in Japan why not do this with other genre's as well? Why not just say J-Platformer and W-Platformer for example? Why? Because they are usually similar in style where as Western RPG's and JRPG's are two completely different styles.
Does anybody have any opinion on any of this?