Only noobs don't see the changes that were introduced in each generation of pokemon or think they were insignificant. The 4th generation definitely was very significant for the competitive scene, what with Wi-Fi, Power Items, and of course in the Hg/Ss remakes the Power Items now being used to pass on IVs making both the EV training and IV breeding process [i]very[/i] accessible. Also don't speak for "pokemon veterans" because frankly, you're not. You may have played the old games, but as someone who was playing Red/Blue back in elementary school and is still playing the game I frankly wouldn't like if it Pokemon was just like Red/Blue, all you did was catch and raise pokemon you thought were cool and traded with your friends, and when you battled them everyone kept using the same legendaries or starter pokemon. Yeah that was real fun Nowdays people use strategies, make good strong movesets, and raise their pokemon to fulfill specific tasks in order to counter a specific threat, EV training and IV breeding has given the game a lot of customability while also being a very rewarding process for a job well done. Best thing about pokemon, you can play it however you want. If you want to just catch them all, you can, if you just want to battle, you can, if you just want to play in-game and have fun, you can.