I admit I am kind of bothered by the overabundance of scantily-clad female characters in gaming.
World of Warcraft is particularly notorious for this. Choices for female armour include lots of bikini armour. Granted, you can make a more modestly-dressed female, but the company advertises its bikini-clad characters as if they were Playboy models. But the thing is, uglier races like Dwarves get more conservative women's armour, because no one wants to see hairy Dwarf-woman legs.
Final Fantasy is another big offender. It seems like it's hard to find a young female character whose outfit isn't fanservice-y. Terra's outfit from Final Fantasy VI is bad. Yunalesca wears a metal bikini. And Fran from Final Fantasy XII wears extremely fetish-y armour, not to mention her entire race wears exposed lingerie.
Even non-fantasy games are guilty of it. Lara Croft is a sex symbol of video games for obvious reasons. And there are plenty of others. Of course, E-rated games tend to avoid this, since it's considered nudity.
What would be a solution? One logical solution is to have a greater variety of female character costumes. Have "women's armour" not be a synonym for "bikini". Or, better yet, do away with female-only armour altogether.
The only other solution I could think of is there to have male characters be scantily-clad as well. Usually it's just an ugly orc or fat man in a loincloth or something, but I've found examples of attractive human males wearing very little. Final Fantasy has a few. For example, the armor that some of the Dalmascan soldiers wear in Final Fantasy XII exposes their navels, their arms, and most of their legs.
I think this might have to do with the fact that video game developers are mostly male, and usually they're the ones in charge of character designs. Woe to the women who work as character designers - you want your female lead to wear a sensible T-shirt and slightly loose pants, but then the other guys are insisting that the female lead should wear a bikini.
What are your thoughts on the overabundance of scantily-clad women in video games?