Well there isn't really anything to debate, you mentioned people are trapped in the past in response to someone who can't believe would want to play an older game on the VC.
As for mechanics, there are some things that are indeed more convenient like the item menu, but battling style is purely preference. With each generation some things improve while other things falter. Every gen has their issues with balance, but that doesn't stop someone from preferring that over the other.
RE: gym leaders: How about they just treat every gym leader like the Elite Four champion and give him/her a balanced team? Then style the gym itself after something reflecting their personality, I.E. a castle for a noble baron.
What on Earth is going on in here?
Obviously the discussion has devolved into community stuff, which is better suited to the Pokemon community thread. When X/Y news surfaces, make a new thread about it.
Uh, yes, actually. I've gotten complaints in PM from people suggesting they find it hard to participate in the community because of creepy derails (not just this community, other ones too). No need to apologize or explain, just please tone down the creepy stuff to a level where I'm not getting complaints about it anymore.