I really did miss the fact that everyone played and no matter where I went or what store I went, there was a kid that had a gameboy with a Pokemon Cartirdge in it. =)
Nowadays people are to afraid to admit they even once played...let alone talk about it in public...including myself...lol
The one thing I do miss the most is the fact that back then, we battled with our favorites, not pokemon based on their competitive stats...I think that was made it so fun because now you can't battle with an UU. While I'm not saying you can't but it's less likely and now all we have is a list of useless to most pokemon...