Aren't these two Zombie Kidz cute?
- Jan 9, 2022
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Thanks again! I was following Synrec already, but I just had to look up how to find who I started following! I couldn't find my feed...I am new to itch.io too.
Thanks for this explanation. When I started playing, an RPG was an RPG and CRPG was what we used for computer-based RPG! And they were pretty much all fantasy-based. I don't think we payed much attention to mechanics changing the definition of the acronym.SRPG is a genre of game, like JRPG - neither inherently has anything to do with an engine. The engine is the basic code that makes a game run, not its mechanics or gameplay (you could use, for example, the Unity engine to create a JRPG, SRPG, FPS, puzzle game, etc.).
Neither has anything inherently to do with RPG Maker, either, so there's no particular reason you'd see anything about RPG Maker if you're just looking up either term.
The two newest versions of RPG Maker give open access to the engine's code that can be altered directly or through plugins, so you could use MV/MZ to make basically any kind of game you want - however, the farther you stray from the intended JRPG mechanics, the more time and effort it will take (to the point that it would make sense to use something else).
That's why, although there are plugins to create SRPGs using RPG Maker, they are very involved and hard to use other plugins with (and, as far as I know, none of them are considered to be feature-complete and bug-free).
There is other game creation software explicitly designed to create SRPGs, as RPG Maker is designed to create JRPGs.
But now, after reading your response, I can see that there are SRPG, TPRG, and of course I had heard of JRPG, but I honestly thought that was an anomaly.
From what I have seen, the concept of exactly what an SRPG is may still be a little squishy and subject to perspective, but I think my game preferences fall more under SRPG than JRPG.
I did notice SRPG Studio on Steam, but I honestly didn't think it looked that much different from RPG Maker MZ. But I will go back and take another look.
Anyway, thanks for expanding my vocabulary!