So much bickering between Tos and TotA fanboys...
I'm pretty sure both groups have played and liked both games so it's not like saying you like one more means you think the other sucks.
Anyway I tend to not like gamer culture as a whole. I like gaming, but gamer culture is more than a little insular and insane. I don't mean like... not RPGFan. But like the sort of crap you get at gamefaqs or lots of other places. I'm especially unfond of how a huge part of the gaming community isn't willing to get beyond whatever they decided the golden age of gaming is and just says that everything newer than that sucks.
Same for the indie music culture. I listen to a lot of indie and alternative music. This does not mean thta I hate people that are on major labels, or that I'm into the whole scene thing, or that I give a damn about pretty much anything else that people are always bitching about.
Also, No Mutants Allowed. Seriously. Have you ever seen a bigger group of fucking fuckshits?
Will you see me making fun of people wearing or buy said headband? Yes.
Watching Naruto means you're an anime kid.
Cosplaying as Naruto means you're a nerd.
Wearing a Naruto headband as an actual piece of clothing means you're a douchebag.
Also yeah, FFVII fanboys that take the game too seriously are stupid. I like FFVII a lot because I think that, from a gameplay mechanics standpoint, it's damn solid, and the storyline's a lot of fun. But you have a talking dog and an angry, drunken astronaut in your party. I don't think it's supposed to be taken that seriously.
Also, I'm pretty sure Aeris was 2D and shallow by design (like, she's 22 and acts like she's 12 or something) and Sephiroth's conversation after he kills her is basically "Nopz dude you never cared for her that's just an extension of your Zack thing."
Unless I want to get REALLY meta and say that the real reason cloud never cared for Aeris, really, was because Cloud is quite literally a puppet being controlled by the player, and the only reason he had anything romantic going on with Aeris is because the player picked her over Tifa.
But I totally won't go there.
Anyway getting into why Sephiroth is taken way to seriously is another manner altogether, although the seph in flames thing was most likely just a chance for square to show off their flame effects (Mid to late 90s 3D game. This is mandatory) and had nothing to do with characterizing seph.