I just want to play the regular game. I was looking for a way to get involved in playing without having to join a weekly group, since I don't currently have the ability to commit to going to a game at the same time every week (due to work), and the PFS sounded like a great way to do that. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will work out well for me.
It sounds like PFS would be perfect for you. I think you're getting too caught up in the internet discussion. As I joked earlier, these forums aren't for PFS players, they're for people who like arguing on the internet.
If you "Just want to play the regular game", then pick a race from the Core Rulebook and play. Those races will never go anywhere. They're supposed to be the standards.
For the first 4 years of Society play, the Core races were the only races that were legal for most players, unless someone happened to luck into a boon at a convention. Other races were opened up to everyone later, and now they're changing what some of the available non-Core races are.
Like I said, these types of changes don't happen very often. This is only the second major change of this type in 6 years of Society play. It's a stable and rapidly growing campaign, with lots of new character options from new books being opened up all the time. They just want to limit non-Core races a little to try and keep those Core races as the standards.
But for a newbie to Society play, just pick a Core race, make a character, show up, and play. Many of the adventures published for PFS are truly fantastic. Others are merely passable. Very few are even remotely bad. Either you'll enjoy playing with the people in your local community, or you won't. Don't worry about the secondary nonsense.