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I'm very interested to hear what you mean when you say "everything fun got sucked out". I don't agree with much of Masuda's design mindset for the series, it's beginning to show lack of content in favor of other things. But honestly from what I can see, there isn't that much of a change besides the change from EV's to AV's and no wild Pokemon battles save a few. The game is still very much the same.
Do I hope Gen 8 takes all of these ideas? No, I hope they return to traditional ideas and I hope that someone other than Masuda takes the reins and helps the games return to a HGSS style mindset where they want the players to have as much content as possible. But we've known since they unveiled this game that this was going to be a different kind of game than those we've typically gotten, and they assured long time fans that they'd be more interested in the 2019 title.
Actually, I'm almost amazed that people are this upset. While I understand your feelings, the fact of the matter is that you're not a child right now, and kids in this day are not like the kids from my day. From what I've seen children now have much less patience and give up a lot easier than I did when I was a kid. My little sister lost patience with Pokemon Sun and Moon occasionally because she was confused or didn't understand something, games that long time players love to yell at for holding hands too much.
I'm not trying to devalue your opinion, not in the least, you are fine to be upset, I'm just trying to offer a different perspective here, as I see the argument 'If I were a child" far too much, without the proper counterarguments in place.