The video I’ve seen is a collection of what would be dismissed too generously as a whole as fanservice, and while I’ll admit a couple things made me chuckle (the cheat code for the Skater game, if you’re wondering), other things think (GTAIV’s girlfriends do not look nearly as bad as the health restoring oral sex mechanic in GTAV, also that GTAIV clip acquires a different color if you have played enough of the game), others again had me in disbelief at what my eyes were seeing (MGS), ultimately it came across to me like a showcase rather than a fervent opinion piece.
There really is no empowerment, no character building, no statement of independence, sexiness or any kind of personal assertion, to be had by showing female characters (in too many instances all of them) flattened into usable items, each one not too different from another and with no real personality or flavor of their own outside a cliche trait or two, tapestry that is used simply for the pleasure and titillation of the player.
There is a world of difference between a real woman deciding to dress a certain way or behave in some ways* or even to exert power over others by using her good looks and charm, and a character that is written a certain way, too often by male writers for what is essentially the gaming equivalent of a gentlemen’s club, part of which firmly want their female characters to remain cliches, and usables and everything else I’ve said.
Likewise, there is a world of difference between the interplay of looks, smiles, body language or simply silent admiration between two strangers in a public place, and the crass, systematic invasion of personal space through verbal harassment or worse. I sat with discomfort through that NYC video, had that been my sister, mother, friend or partner, I would have been enraged.
*(even then we should be careful, she-asked-for-it rape victims anyone?)