I strongly disagree with the article about GTA V degrading women, and this is coming from a woman myself. While I do agree that the game does degrade women, I believe that the author is making it seem worse than it actually is.
First of all, while the game degrades women, you can also point out that it also degrades men. The game portrays men as merciless murderers, who only care about drugs, sex and money, but the author doesn't talk about that aspect of the game, probably because he thinks he's doing the female population a favor by speaking against the game using the portrayal of women as his main argument. Yes, GTA V does portray women as trashy sluts, but it doesn't glamorize men either.
Continuing, this game is meant to attract the male population, which is why the three main characters are men. How many games these days are targeted towards men and have a female as a main character? Not many. How many of them are played by millions worldwide? Just a couple. While having a female protagonist is a great idea for a game, it doesn't attract many gamers, therefore it wouldn't bring in much money, and we all know that money makes the world go round.
Finally, the author says that, "perhaps the great tragedy of GTAV is that too much of their audience is comfortable with it". Considering there have been fifteen Grand Theft Auto games that have been released since 1997, and billions of dollars in sales, Rockstar knows what they're doing. With that many games having been released, their audience is used to the amount of violence within the game, and the way they badly portray both the women and the men, not making it a problem with the audience for being used to it, but with the company for making the game this way.
GTA V may not be the best game if you're looking for a game full of 'girl power', but the thing is, it's just a game. It's not meant to be realistic at all, and the GTA franchise is known for the women in the game being portrayed as whores, and the men as psychos, which is a formula that has been found to work and allows the company to make a lot of money. So next time, if you know you don't like these types of games, just don't buy the game, simple as that.