Many of the [[RolePlayingGame [=RPGs=]]] that don't show enemies beforehand on screen have a [[RandomEncounters random encounter]] rule which is activated when the player moves. Since there is a very good chance the player won't be running in circles ([[LevelGrinding unless they do that on purpose]]) the best way to make sure the player has many fights is to make them walk. A lot.

Some games have huge expanses of land seemingly built for this reason, although the overworld is noticeably shrunken. This essentially pointless space helps make the world realistically big, but seems to coincide with the point where the player sets the character on 'run'. Luckily, the advance of technology has made such trekking prettier, graphically speaking.

Naturally this becomes less of a hassle with the GlobalAirship. See also FakeLongevity.

The name of this trope comes from a non-Biblical Christian myth about a Jewish cobbler [[WhoWantsToLiveForever cursed with immortality]] by Jesus for mocking him on his way to his destiny. He's the wandering Jew. See also, The FlyingDutchman.



* In the game ''{{VideoGame/Journey}}'' all you're required to do is walk. And walk. And walk.

* Most {{MMORPG}}s attempt to simulate a wide open world and as such have key locations separated by a whole lot of space- which players usually have to walk through. Even the best mounts or personal transports in games which have them take some time to get anywhere. On the flipside, games which allow players to ''teleport'' often functionally split into a bunch of disconnected hubs and locales as players stop walking, leaving the great outdoors to AI controlled mobs and world bosses.
* Acquiring mounts in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' requires the player to reach a specific level, get enough money, do a quest, kill a boss or all of the above. However, requirements have gradually been eased.
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' has several thousands of star systems containing [[CopyAndPasteEnvironments similar planets, space stations and asteroid belts]]. While each ship is equipped with an autopilot, it will do nothing to protect the player from [=NPC=] or player pirates.

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. You're traveling across the entire region, battling all Pokémon and trainers in your path (if you so choose).
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' (and their remakes, ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'') you're traveling across not only one entire region, but two. Luckily, you already have all the [=HMs=] and over-leveled Pokémon you need, so you don't have to trek all the way across the region after you've explored it once like you do before you get Fly.
* Some of the areas in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' seemed to be placed as far out of the way as possible, just to make travel take as long as possible and give plenty of time for random monsters to do their thing. It wasn't uncommon to arrive at a new area and find that one needed to grind a bit before one would be able to survive the trip to the dungeon of the region, to say nothing of actually making it to the bottom of that dungeon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'', very much so. To get anywhere requires very, very long stretches of doing nothing more than walking and chopping your way through hundreds of demons.
* Both ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' have enormous expanses of fairly flat world to explore; in fact, one of the complaints against the former is the sheer number of areas that seem rather pointless
* The Mi'ihen Highroad and the Calm Lands in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' probably fit this trope. Then again, you can also rent chocobos.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' has sprawling dungeons with no scenery and few rewards, often little more than the FetchQuest object/person you're there to find. The sprawl generally doesn't even involve branches or side rooms - it's all one crooked line you have to walk through, just fighting as you go. One rapidly gets the impression that the only reason these places are so large is to give the random encounters time to wear down the player.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' has this in general, but the worst case happens when you reach Capitan and save the townspeople there. Ray wants to reward you with a blessing, so you have to go back to the hideout... at the other end of the continent. Once you have the blessing, you have to walk back to Capitan, where Sana the Fire Shaman drags the main character off for some [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything private business involving "uniting"]]. When you've finished setting the house on fire you get back to town and a man says your friends got bored and walked back to the hideout on their own. You're then (thankfully!) warped back home and told to get a carpenter... from Capitan. Once you get there for the ''third'' time and hire a carpenter, you're finally allowed to move on with the plot. Fortunately not too long after you'll start to gather transport methods that save a ''lot'' of frustration.
* While there ''is'' a fast travel feature in ''[[Videogmae/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]],'' as well as the option to take carriages to all hold capitals, the game still largely requires the player to walk to most destinations. This is also the best way to trigger random events, which often come in the form of battles (such as a dragon attack, or a vampire ambush).
* The bonus dungeon in the DS version of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' requires you to go back and forth through a single section, fighting the exact same enemies every time, because every time you bring back the fruit the questgiver asked about it's not the right one.

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* Key in SurvivalHorror games, so as to force the player into spending more precious [[HealingPotion medicine]], ammo, and (in some games) [[TimedMission time]].