Sauntering in a Virtual World

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “It is a great art to saunter.” In his essay on walking, Thoreau explained that sauntering is derived from the French phrase, a la Sainte Terre, the saints of the Earth. These saints were outcasts without a home, begging for food under the guise that they were on a holy pilgrimage to the Holy Land. To Thoreau however, sauntering was a pleasure, a chance to soak up the beaten path.

In games, good sauntering usually boils down into two categories: wandering in beautiful environments and being rewarded for going off the beaten path.

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