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"But if you wanna find everything, get yourself a guide and a sandwich, because you're in for a long haul."Everyone knows that no hero can resist collecting things in video games. The Collection Sidequest can be the ultimate time waster in a game, if the player ends up collecting completely useless items for the sake of owning them, often for 100% Completion. But once in a while, they give rewards that make the effort worth it. Many games (especially RPGs) have some kind of optional collectible hidden throughout the game, usually to have no purpose but to be required for 100% Completion. But there are frequently rewards for getting certain numbers of them, and collecting them all often gives you a powerful (but frequently unneeded) item, or unlocks a super-hard Bonus Boss. If you're lucky, the game will keep track of how many you've found and how many are left. If you're really, really, lucky, the game will even provide a way to tell which ones you've already found, so that when you inevitably look up on the internet where the last 2 of 500 are, you'll know which ones you need without trying them all. At least one is likely to be Lost Forever if you miss it the first time.