Why Are Older RPGs So Much More Fun?
EmuAsylum has a great conversation going about what makes older 8-bit and 16-bit RPGs so much better than their new-generation counterparts.
While I am far from an RPG expert, tt seems that older RPGs like Earthbound and Chrono Trigger concentrated more on being unique and having a good story than relying on eye candy. As great as Final Fantasy VII was, I believe it set the stage for a trend of showy RPGs.
Anyway, read the conversation and feel free to contribute.