Who is going around whispering in random gamers' ears that a bunch of people believe JRPGs are somehow dead?
I probably see ten times more people each year saying, "Are JRPGs really dead?" or "Well -I- don't think JRPGs are dead!" than anyone who says, "I think JRPGs are dead." I genuinely don't understand this odd perception that JRPG fans must act as though everyone else thinks the genre is dying or dead.
JRPGs are not dead. To suggest such is to inherently misunderstand what constitutes something being dead.
I personally do believe that God began and guided the evolution of the universe and all things in it, but even I am confused at a some of the logic being tossed around here, especially regarding gender.
Good on those trying to explain as best they can. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources nowadays for better understanding these topics.
Considering Russia just gave the upcoming Sims 4 an "Adults Only" rating(basically making it hard to sell in the country) simply for having same-sex relationships in it, I think it's quite evident why people should encourage those who desire greater diversity in games and not just push them to shut up about it.
There are plenty of people in the world today who would prefer that those in same-sex relationships be kept in the margins and away from their media, but such prejudice cannot win. I'm glad at least one potential victory was found this week with Nintendo pledging to improve the diversity in their titles after many gamers refused to let others pressure them out of voicing their desire for change.
@sgtsphynx: It's natural to be nervous about going back to school. There's a lot to the mindset of "school", and that can be intimidating to take on when you've been away from it for a long time.
I had to take a few years off from college for medical reasons, and when I initially came back, it was scary. Fortunately, you get used to it. It's really more or less just an additional job where your work is to better understand material and show that understanding. Set aside time like a job, and eventually it just feels like a natural extension of your schedule. It can be tough to adjust to at first, especially if you're going to go hang out on a campus with a lot of younger people, but that unease is normal. You'll be back into it in no time. :)