Every non-played character in a video game is objectified to a certain degree. Objectification is not exclusive to the female body. A grunt who gets killed in a FPS is also objectified. He's just a lump of virtual meat for the grinder which is the protagonist's gun.
By the way a woman who's a CEO and who gets dated by a man who's only looking at her bank account would also objectify her. There is that evil rumor that a woman could objectify in that way a man as well. What I'm saying here is that objectification is everywhere around us and we all do it. It seems that that's the way the human brain is wired and it's that way for a reason or several.
I don't see why females are the disposable characters in video games - Mario rescues the princess, Link does so with Zelda, ... If anything it's the exception when they play a disposable role.
Male power fantasies, yep, in part that's true, I'd say. I sense that you conclude that male power fantasies are bad, because... . Well, whatever your reason, I'd say it serves a cathartic purpose. It contains masculine qualities like aggressiveness, strive for power and so on in a virtual environment. Qualities which would be disruptive to social cohesion the way our society is organised.
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