Actually, people like traditional rpgs. There just haven't been too many good ones this gen. Square soft and Enix were the kings back in the day. They fused into what alot of people consider a bad company. The king is now gone so now it just seems jrpgs are dead.
It's just an effect of the times, I suppose. There were more constraints on what could be done with storytelling in gaming. It used to be that if you wanted an engaging story in game, you'd pick up an RPG. And more often then not, those RPGs were turn-based JRPGs.
I mean really, could a shooter from the "Doom"-age pull off what Bioshock or Spec Ops: The Line did? Probably not. Everything was adrenaline then, but the success of text-driven RPGs showed that gamers do have patience, and respect effective pacing if it benefits the experience.
One of my recent favorite moments in any narrative was near the conclusion of inFamous 2. And it's just a brief scene of two best friends on a couch having a beer or two before the possible end of the world.
WHAT IS THIS!?
Don't dis FF. Those games will always be true RPG's,no matter how much they change because that is what they are supposed to do. Skyrim is brobably the best PS3 RPG out there right now though. I wonder what's next.....
Edit: Thread locked for necrobumping