^ Yes, exactly.
Real Time Strategies and Turn Based Strategies are a good example of the reasoning here. They share a great deal of similarities and with each other, but those are just mechanics of the system. The perception on these kind of things tends to come out of what people have seen in these games.
It's sort of like calling someone British because they exhibit tendencies that many British people do. Yes, they have attributes that you have come to recognize a certain group as having, but by definition of the title, they are not the same thing.
The term JRPG seems to be spawned from these kinds of misconceptions, with people recognizing the leveling systems and whatnot of traditional RPGs and assuming that this is the definition of the title.
Of course, RTS and TBS are not compared because the titles actually make sense, whereas JRPG does not make sense because, as stated, they are not Role Playing Games from Japan, but a whole different genre.
edited 29th Sep '10 5:46:59 AM by Brutal