But artists and musicians could make parallel arguments. As someone who's spent many years playing in gigging bands, I couldn't tell you how many times me or my musician friends have been screwed over. "Starving artists" right?
As far as the retro/nostalgia type RPGs go, I'm cool with that trend. I figure the people behind these projects are folks our age who grew up with certain kinds of RPGs, see a lack in the market of what they (and by extension, others) want, and want to (re)capture that magic/wonder from their childhoods/formative years. But part of me wants to see it grow up a bit. Like, let's look at cartoons. I loved He-Man and Thundercats growing up. Hearing that classic Thundercats theme song still gives me the warm fuzzies, but watching those 1980s shows now, they're cheesy as fuck. They were the coolest thing ever when you were a kid, but it's hard to watch them nowadays without face-palming. Enter He-Man 2002 and Thundercats 2011. Two shows that were canned too soon, despite the fact that they were GOOD. They took something we all loved as kids and re-tuned it for current sensibilities. Nostalgia freaks can cry foul all they want into their rose-colored glasses, but nu He-Man and nu Thundercats had better writing, stronger and more cohesive storylines, better voice acting than their 1980s originals. It's not the same, but that's what makes it good.
Of course, we can come up with truckloads of examples of failures. Look at all the remakes and reboots of 1970s and 1980s movies lately, and most of them were not well done at all. Most were pale imitations of their originals. Some films were surprisingly good in their own right (e.g. the new 21 Jump Street films with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum), but many films felt like phoned-in efforts.
That's again why, in this glut of "recapture the old (2D) JRPG magic" offerings, the game I'm most interested in is Celestian Tales: Old North http://www.ekuatorgames.com/
. The art, gameplay, and music are great but the writing and storytelling is what looks to be the strong suit.