Let’s face it, females get some of the skimpiest armor when it comes to RPGs. Some people may contribute this to sexism and/or catering to a heavily weighted male demographic, but I don’t. No, I feel there is a much more innocent explanation for it.
The stereotype surrounding programmers is that they are a bunch socially awkward males. With that said what do socially awkward males fear the most? Females.
Sure they enjoy fantasizing about them, but when it comes to actually having to interact with them in real life they’re terrified. So when these socially awkward programmers have to add female characters to a game, they pull from their own personal experiences. As such they are empowering these female characters by giving them the traits that they themselves find most intimating: sex appeal.
Or at the very least, it’s a story you can try to feed your mom when you buy Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U.