I think I've mentioned this in another thread, but when I was watching interviews with fightning games pros from asia, they all said that they liked RPGs but grew tired of it because it's always the same thing with ridiculous characters, etc. Some that would not drop RPGs entirely would play (guess) Monster Hunter.
Maybe as MH doesn't have an actual plot while a downside on some part it's also good as it's not victim of the horrible writing the veterans just can't stand anymore.
Well, people tend to confuse what is a good story for entertaining one in a RPG. But yeah that's one of the reason I've always been very picky about buying an RPG too, I mean, Demon's Souls have give so much
hours of entertainment and that's because they mixed the narrative with the gameplay.
I would love to see more RPGs do that.
About the ridiculous characters, "Dem crazy video games, son!" is all I have to say about it.