I adored the characters in VIII - Squall, Rinoa, Selphie, Irvine, Zell, Seifer etc. Just adored them.
I miss the days of games taking 100+ hours to complete. Finished Mass Effect 1 today, taking 30 hours. Thought that was pretty good, until I loaded up my last FFVIII save on the PS3 and it clocked in at 80 hours and I hadn't even gotten on to the final disc yet.
In terms of remastering, I'd just be happy if they did that. No need for retconning or anything of the like. No tampering, no tinkering, just make it look great on a HDTV.
If they did go back and do something with the older games, I wonder if they'd be tempted to put vocal tracks on them.
How many of those hours were monotonous levelling up though?
Probably not that many, honestly.
Now, monotonous hours of drawing magic? That's another story.