OK, I understand how you feel about the quick shift from future to
fantasy, but I have my own opinions about your subject...
Why people like old-style RPGs like Dragon Quest, Grandia, Lufia
(my all-time favorite!), and Lunar is not only because of nostalgia, but because they like that particular style. It all depends on the person who plays the game right?
Yeah, it is true that RPGs have progressed over time, and maybe you think it was surprising what Square did to Final Fantasy. But the majority of RPGers and myself were pretty damn surprised with Final Fantasy VII. It was like as if Square had a conference and they said, "Gee, I know we make good graphics and music already, but why don't we make it 3D with blocky graphics and pre-rendered graphics with bad MIDI, stuff it with movies, bring it to the public, and see how it does!" And have you realized that just because it has a new interface doesn't mean that it is almighty? The sound effects were OK, but the music was MIDI (Huh? No Redbook audio?), the graphics were blocky (but it is OK, that was the first time; the movies blew me away and the
backgrounds are spectacular), the controls are HORRIBLE, and the soundtrack depends on quantity, not quality. Oh yeah, it also seems that Square has fallen in love with their work! Spells and summons and other moves are awesome, at least for the first few times. But there are a ton of different camera angles for each thing. It's as if square only wants to use up disc space that could be used for an even better gameplay and story for stupid summons and spells that you wish you could simply skip the animation and see the damage.
Sorry, maybe I ranted on Final Fantasy VII, but it simply shows my point. You know, there are many people out there with their own opinions, and they write editorials to bring their favorite games to glory while bashing other games into oblivion! In other words, everybody has their own opinion about RPGs. Some like fantasy RPGs with cute graphics, while others may like futuristic RPGs. I like them BOTH and many like both. That's why RPG companies make BOTH types of RPGs. By the way, people even criticize battle systems, and many hate Star Ocean's battle system. Well, I say, "Shut the hell up already!!! Some people like it and so don't! Gimmie a break!"
Bottom line: Just because you don't like it doesn't mean nobody likes it. If you don't like a particular game, don't kill it! Just don't play it. Respect my opinions, and I will definitely respect yours, just as long as you don't kill one type of game.