Anita Sarkeesian is back with another episode of her video series, Tropes vs Women in Video Games, continuing the rather uncomfortable look into violence against women in games. Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 carries on the discussion from the last segment, and delves even further into how women are brutalized in games, bringing up the topic of sexual assault.
In many games, we see women victimized in very graphic ways for many reasons, ranging from story to atmosphere. This falls under the concept of women being used as decorations in games, which is the topic of this episode, as well as the last. Sarkeesian also points out that in so many instances of abuse in games are shown as scripted events, where the player can do nothing but observe as a passerby.
Rape is not an easy topic to discuss by any means, but that certainly doesn't make it any less valid. Are there reasons to keep using situations where women are brutalized in a video game? Definitely, but I'd wager they're not very good ones.