The Black Sidekick in Games

Very rarely do you have a game where you play as a Black person, the entire time. Sometimes you get the curve ball playable character option or the technically playable party member but, it's always very clear that these characters are not intended to be the center of the story. These characters are relegated to the role of sidekick.  Any representation, at face value, seems like a step forward for an industry which, just a matter of a few years ago, rarely ever included Black people at all. But, view it in a larger context and things get tricky. What is the effect of the Black character almost always taking on the role of a side character?

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