A friend sent this image around and after I finished laughing, it made me wonder how many games have featured a positive African American role model as a playable character? My friend suggested two games, Shadow Man and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I haven’t played either of them but after doing a bit of research on the less familiar game of Shadow Man, I’m not confident these are games that depict the kind of positive role model I am thinking of.
What about you? Can you name any playable characters that are African American and positive role models? I loosely define a positive role model as someone who inspires someone else to be a better person.
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