Heh, the "real" RPG debate is so old... Basically every generation thinks their favorite childhood RPG is the definition of true RPG, nothing existed before them, and everything afterwards was bad unless it followed their favorite formula...It's not about perspective anymore. That just made me look harder at all the stuff I'd been ignoring since my first day pre-order. I just am not confident it will be an actual RPG anymore and not just an FPS with some RPG elements.
Choice & Consequence = real RPG? Nope, that was a rather recent innovation. Most old RPG quests before BG had one solution.
Third person over the shoulder = real RPG? Thats also quite new, most older RPG players would associate this with action adventures like Tomb Raider (original, not reboot)
Real time with pause = real RPG ? Nah, only true turn based games are RPGs, read the players handbook noob...
Real time without pause = thats no RPG at all !!! What has the world come to...
I even vaguely remember a newsnet debate that only roguelikes with infinite dungeon creation are a real RPGs, and
those text and choices games are really just glorified text adventures "with RPG elements"
Damn, now i feel old ;-)