While that is often true on the surface, let me build on it a little. You've got to remember, pre-Adventure, the 90s fandom revolved almost entirely around SatAM. It's not that older fans _didn't_ care about stories. I think it's more that they didn't care about the stories being told in the games. And it's probably because the entire canon got rebooted (from a Western perspective) in Adventure into something decidedly _different_ from what we'd grown up with. They took away "our" Sonic, just like they took away "your's," haha. It's also notable that Sonic games took a story-heavy turn right when a lot of Genesis/Mega Drive kids would've been reaching their teen years. They might've been especially susceptible to "cringing" at things that were too "kiddy" for them. Even if the stories of the 2000s had all been as servicable as Black Knight's, that would've been a factor. The fact that many of them were SO MUCH WORSE, to the point that they actively contributed to the downfall of Sonic's reputation, meant that by the end of the decade, there WERE a lot of people who'd decided the very concept of "story in Sonic games" was a mistake. That's why many of us became so apathetic about it. From Adventure onward, the equivalent complaint to "Sonic should be shonen again," was often, "Sonic should be SatAM again," or later, "Sonic shouldn't have dialogue." But these kind of boil down to, "Sonic should be what it was when I was a kid, BEFORE THEY RUINED IT again."