On one hand, it makes no sense for the monsters and encounter areas of the gameworld to come pre-stocked with loot. It also makes no sense for feral beasts and the shambling undead to walk around carrying fabulous cash prizes.
On the other hand, gold coins are shiny and make a fun jingling sound when you have lots of them.
The game was a dud, and I'm convinced a big part of that is due to the way the game leaned into its story. Its terrible, cringe-inducing story.
This Game is Too Videogame-y
What's wrong with a game being "too videogameish"?
The plot of this game isn't just dumb, it's actively hostile to the player. This game hates you and thinks you are stupid.
Grand Theft Railroad
Grand Theft Auto is a lousy, cheating jerk of a game.
Fixing Match 3
For one of the most popular casual games in existence, Match 3 is actually really broken. Until one developer fixed it.