This is an interesting development. I certainly didn't know such and it's easy to look at things through the dominant cultural view. It's easy to be narrow minded coming from America (well, I'm Canadian, same difference) but I always found it strange that people would say "Why are JRPG's like such and such, that's just weird!" From our cultural prospective, of course it's weird and to expect change is absurd. After all, I couldn't write for a Japanese audience; it makes sense to work with what you know.