So, my 18-year old son and I have a massive disagreement on what an RPG is/constitutes.
When I think RPG in video games, I think of games like Final Fantasy, Skyrim, Persona, and even Dark Souls. He says games like GTA V, Red Dead Redemption, Saint's Row, and the like are also RPGs because we are playing the life of a character(s).
I told him that I see RPGs as games with skill trees, leveling systems, and most often magic systems, and some form of turn-based, or real-time combat. I see the games he mentioned as action, adventure, or open-world games. I don't know if I could ever, in my head, say that Red Dead Redemption 2, and Persona 5 are in the same genre.
Thoughts on this debate we are having?