Originally Posted by Nezix
What?! Where is the count of tongs, plates, ropes, and most importantly (because they actually have good value) paintings? smile

I thought I had it bad, checking every container and hating myself for doing it, ending up with 50 hours. I never even bothered to consider grabbing every barrel grin

Seriously though, great post, really echoes how I feel both about the sheer volume of clutter / time wasted looking in empty containers to the feeling that none of this matters because look a billion unused scrolls and potions.

I'm planning on waiting a month or so from my first playthrough before I do another, and this time I'm considering some kind of rule for myself that I only loot "chest" type containers or things required by a quest. I've had this compulsion to pick up everything keep me from finishing several games, but it's hard to fight.

Yeah, exactly. I'm planning to do MUCH less searching and looting on my next playthrough. Even though that will pain me. But I need to have a comparison, to see what you end up with if you only "casually explore" the game rather than "obsessively explore" it.