Evo 2019's Tekken 7 Snake tease is the latest cruel joke the video game industry has played on unsuspecting fans. Gags like Street Fighter 2's Sheng Long and Ghost 'N Goblins' ending still hurt a little.
I disagree with MGS2's Raiden switch. It was a plot device that explained itself well throughout the game. It showed that (a) anyone with the circumstances and training can become "Solid Snake" and (b) showed that Snake is mortal and portrayed him in a number of vulnerable situations. I don't see it as a cruel joke. I don't think Shen Long was a cruel joke either - Capcom just stayed quiet as people flocked to the arcades.
Remember that E3 when Nintendo joked about Mother 3? So mean lol.
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