I think it's fine! I suppose that at the higher graphics, the smooth skin would look odd, and would be a sudden jump from the previous games. I think it's fine to move on, but just steadily. Revamping the series will make it lose that feel it originally had.
Though I will say there is something off about the painfully thin-looking OW sprites. I'm used to Chubby McChubchubs, I'll just get used to it I guess.
For the poor people, at least.
If you want to hack anything above Gen 3, you'll have to 1) steal Nintendo's gizmos, and then 2) buy one or two things at a total of $5000.
So it hasn't ended, it's just an "elite" sport now.
And even if, it wouldn't end. We haven't exhausted the good Gen 3 hacks yet! We can work on that for years to come. We still haven't figured out most things (eg character animations) so there's no sense in rushing forward!
Time now to develop pokemon for iOS and Android am I right? Hahaha!
I know nothing about hacking..
And I like the chubby sprites too! That's why the original pikachu sprite was the best! SO CHUBBY AND CUTE!