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For the most part it's really that it was a lot of people's first RPG.
I can't even imagine how someone must view gaming overall if their first RPG was that mess.
Probably as "all FPS games are the death of gaming" and "why can't we have more games from Japan, because American games are stupid shooters." I'm just guessing, though - my first RPG was the first Final Fantasy... I think, I'm not positive (maybe it was Dragon Warrior 1.) I definitely don't think like that.