This was the point in the series where I stopped playing for almost a decade. I don't even own any games from this generation.
I remember when my brother bought Ruby, and I played it out of curiosity. I was so disappointed. I didn't really like the new Pokemon, and the general feel of it. Most of all, I hated that you couldn't trade with the older games.
The cartoon had officially become 100% unbearable for me by then, and all of my Pokemon-related stuff was packed away in a box and thrown in the closet. I figured it was just something I'd grown out of and I never expected to be playing the games again, but my cousins got me to start playing the DS games later on.