This, holy shit this.
I absolutely cannot understand GF's obsession with adding plot in these games now.
Pokemon at its core is about adventuring through the region, catching Pokemon, and battling to become the very best. The basis is already there to make a great game, and we now have more than enough technological capabilities to expand upon those ideas.
But instead, GF is now obsessed with watering down the gameplay with constant plot and characters interrupting you to the point of the game now having less exploration or any sense of adventure than fucking Dragon Warrior 1. People are calling this "evolution" but what good is it when it's just boggling down the actual gameplay? Story does not make a good game, and at this point I'm certain the plot is there to cover up how shallow the games have gotten when it comes to anything outside of battling. Game Freak can't write for shit, but they have shown promise when it comes to delivering a sense of adventure in the past.