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Are RPGs Too Mainstream?

Sure, the recent outburst of RPGs is fine and dandy, but is the genre becoming over-crowded and saturated? How many RPGs are being released in the US, and when they arrive, are nothing but average, so-so, or just plain crappy? Legend of Lagaia and Jade Cocoon are two examples that come to mind. And who could forget the masterful piece of trash that was Saga Frontier in 1998? Also, this recent of popularity causes another problem: money (or the lack of it). Since so many RPGs are being released, which ones should a consumer buy? Should I spend my money on Grandia now, or get the upcoming Front Mission 3, FFVIII or FFIX, etc. Since most people are like me (cheap, and too lazy to work), the recent outburst has lead tons of games I won't be able to play anytime soon.

Another problem is time. Seriously, who has the time to beat all the recent RPGs that are released? Unless you drop out of school, quit your job, or just cut off all communication to all of humanity, you aren't going to beat all of them anytime soon. Heck, I got Xenogears in 1998, and I'm still on the 1st disk, and I still havent beat FFVIII yet. And then theres one more problem this outburst caused: Uncreativity. A lot of the games are starting to seem like each other, and a lot of RPG cliches are still being used. Square seems to be getting lazier too. When I think about it, FFVIII is just a better version of FFVII. And is it me, or are RPGs just getting shorter and shorter...?

Well, I know a lot of y'all will disagree with me, and when you do, I hope to see some good evidence!

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