Wanted to say something in the JRPG thread before it closed but...
Not to mention lines such as "Moms are tough!" and the like. All square does is try to appeal to emo anime fans. Seriously. Have you played Kingdom Hearts? Have you noticed how in FF7 Cloud wore purple and said "Let's Mosey!" and by the time Advent Children came out he is wearing all black, has piercings and prone to having conversations about the meaning of his existence? This article is talking about that. Just about how JPRGs do nothing but shamelessly try to appeal to goofy teenage anime fans.
That is something I never notice about Cloud until you brought it up.
I mean, granted, I have a disdain towards FF7 but Cloud in the 90s was very upbeat, somewhat happy and say silly **** but this generation Cloud, as you put it, is ****in' emo.