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.
In Defense of Crunch
Crunch-mode game development isn't good, but sometimes it happens for good reasons.
The Best of 2017
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2017.
The Death of Half-Life
Valve still hasn't admitted it, but the Half-Life franchise is dead. So what made these games so popular anyway?
A look at the main Borderlands games. What works, what doesn't, and where the series can go from here.
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.