Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter-funded Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is still going strong, and the latest episode is a doozy. Stretching over 31 minutes in length, this is just part one of the Women as Background Decoration segment, in which Anita explores female NPCs and the facilitation of violence against women in games.
Many different games are covered (all very well-known) in the Women as Background Decoration: Part 1 episode, but Grand Theft Auto V really takes center stage for most of it. Not at all surprising, considering the material GTA is known for. In Grand Theft Auto V, players can hire prostitutes and then kill them after to get their money back; a mini-game involving strippers is rewarded with sex. See where this is going?
Of course, objectification comes in many forms, and it isn't always obvious. In fact, many games have taken to using brothels or individual women as design elements to portray a seedy atmosphere. While the player isn't always required to interact with said women or acknowledge them, that doesn't negate the issue. Even games like Dishonored and Watch Dogs fall back on this trope, even without actually focusing on them.
Granted, one could argue context is important and, in this case, excluded, but that doesn't make the issue less valid. Have a watch, and feel free to discuss below your thoughts on the latest Tropes vs. Women in Video Games episode.