I suspect people have been complaining about "this new-fangled stuff" since dryplates were introduced, and possibly earlier.

The mention of Foma being nicely "old" was interesting, and I'd agree happily. In comparison with the 100 and 400 products, try the Fomapan 200 at EI125 and that looks fairly different to their other two films. It is their idea of a new style emulsion, stopped once through availability of ingredients, then reformulated and reintroduced.