Why? I like character action. Hack 'n Slash makes the games sound just mashy and devoid of skill.
Because it's virtually meaningless.
I agree. I don't think the genre ever had a good term. Lets just call them "that genre where Ninja Gaiden Black is and probably will always be the best game in it"
I always called them "Beat 'em ups" and while that sounds kinda dumb I still prefer it over "character action game"