Honestly, a lot of the FF7 camp annoys me. Well, some of them, anyway.
In retrospect, I think FF7 was one of the worst things to happen to the franchise. That was when the series really became graphics focused and kicked in with the ridiculous, nonsensical plots. In my opinion, it was a downgrade from FF6 in almost every way. It was also so popular that we now have all these Final Fantasy fans who don't even really like JRPGs. They just want more bad-ass heroes with giants swords and for every new title in the series to be a FF7 remake.
I loved the game back then but I hate the effects it had.
If you're someone who bases your opinions on what the internet has to say then the Final Fantasy series is pretty much toast. Anything other than an FF7 remake is always going to be torn apart.
Pokemon, I know nothing about. I just think of it as Madden with cute monsters.