Before I go on, this isn't an invitation to start a Gen War, or any kind of argument.
I also can't stress enough that if you stopped playing Pokemon after Gen III, or hate Gen V because of five Pokemon, either don't comment here, or politely explain your reasoning.
Okay, here it goes.
Pokemon Red and Blue have received remakes. 10 years ago. There is absolutely no reason to play either of them now. Same goes for Gold/Silver. The only reason for anyone to ever play anything pre-Gen III is for nostalgic reasons, which is fair enough, we all do it.
What I don't understand is how people say Gen III was where Pokemon went downhill. Using Cofagrigus and the Vanillite line as an example of why Gen V and Pokemon in general sucks now. I've got news for you, you grew up.
I loved the original Digimon series (not even joking), I loved the original Yugioh, I also loved the original Pokemon because I was there from the beginning. I'm sensible, I've remained a part of the Pokemon fanbase, and I don't go to Yugioh or Digimon sites and complain that the franchises are bad now, and that Yugioh got bad with GX (the series was good, I hated Jaden).
It's simple. You cherish your childhood, everyone over 16 does, but don't for one second be under the illusion that you still belong in the fanbase, because you belong here as much as I belong in the Digimon fanbase. You grew out of Pokemon, you have great memories of it, it'd over for you. Done. Finished.
You're clinging onto your best childhood experiences but at the expense of others. I'm not saying don't ever play or watch Pokemon again, nobody has the place to say that, but I am saying, on behalf of the fandom, leave us alone. This is not your fanbase, it just used to be.
I'm expecting the Gen War will be over with Gen VI, since Genwunners appear to have jumped off a cliff at the sheer sight of this new Mew thing, and actual members of the fanbase outnumber the Genwunners by many.
tldr, if you stopped playing after Ruby and Sapphire, this is not your fanbase. Find another one, stop bothering Pokemon fans.
I'm putting this thread all over the Pokemon community.