I disagree with this. I disagree with this alot. I think that whether a game looks dated or has flashy HD graphics isn't really important. A few people might throw a fuss if it doesn't have flashy graphics but they're just exteremly shallow when it comes to gaming and are not really true gamers.
Alot of older games despite being well old are quite brilliant. The older Sonic the Hedgehog games come to mind. The older Final Fantasy games come to mind. I think that there is gamers out there that feel that it's the story, characters and sound that is more important that how realstic or 'beautiful' it looks. Otherwise we wouldn't be still playing retro games and SquareEnix wouldn't bother trying to release FF1 & FF2 every five or so years. Because why bother ? The characters look too chibi so it wouldn't sell.
In sort. Graphics don't matter when it comes to video gaming and if you put down a game because it's old or doesn't look too flashy compared to other today's games then I'm sorry but you're shallow when it comes to games and you're missing out on some great games and great older ones.
I agree with you, if Square released a new FF that looked like FFX I would still buy it, what matters to me is not the visuals but the story and the gameplay, after all that's what playing a game is for. I mean, Enchanted Arms is a game I really like, it's a PS3 game and yet looks like a PS2 game, the graphics are nothing great but the gameplay and the story is good. I don't buy a game to look at it, I buy a game to play it.