I have been playing Pokemon since Pokemon Red and Blue, and I wanted to to possibly give a little bit of insight as to why people love older games and tend to hate newer games so irrationally. I really love Red and Blue, and when Gold and Silver came around I was the happiest kid around. Both Gen 1 and 2 are great.
I then took a prolonged break from Pokemon, not playing any of the titles until aprox. 2007. I went back and played Fire Red, and was in love. Everything was amazing, the graphics, the music, the sprites. Its probably still my favorite pokemon. So logically my next step was to try Emerald version. My brother grew up with it and loved it (What child doesn't love pokemon) so I thought why not. I tried it, and I hated it. Classic example of Nostalgia goggles. Being a little bit older now I have come to realize my hate for emerald was simply due to the fact I didnt grow up with it. Now I am not saying you have to grow up with a certain Pokemon game in order to enjoy it, hear me out here.
So a couple years past and I heard of HG/SS, and of course I had to have it. Played it, Loved it much like FR/LG. So agian, I tried Platinum. And again I didnt enjoy it.
So finally about a year passes, and B/W is released. I thought to myself, there are no more possible remakes that they could make for me, I will give the series one more shot. I bought Black edition and tried it. And you guessed it, I didn't like it.
So today I was thinking to myself. Why can I play HG/SS, but yet not even touch my B/W. And I know I'm not the only one. I always hear people complaining about newer games and how they are getting constantly worse. But they should look at it this way: Gen 1 was over a decade ago, on a system thats over a decade old, how could it possibly better then a new Gen 5 game. Then it hit me.
I believe me and many others simply do not actually enjoy the gameplay of Pokemon anymore. We don't find it fun, but relieving our childhood is enough to get us through a remake or too. Hence there are A LOT of people who grew up with Gen 1/2, yet they can still enjoy and appreciate the advancements of the newer generations. Its because those people still enjoy what pokemon is after. Its possible, that I have just outgrown Pokemon (I'm not saying its bad to play it when you are not a kid anymore) and simply do not enjoy it anymore. And this is why people tend to defend their childhood, and irrationally hat the newer games. They don't actually like Pokemon gameplay anymore.
Sorry for such a long post. Its just something that came to mind, and I thought I would share my opinions and would like to think what you have to say too. Hopefully I didn't offend anyone, to make it clear, if you like any pokemon game, then more power to you. Also I please dont start a flame war over this