I agree 100% with you James8BitStar. This seems to occur about the same time as every single rpg i have played starts the "free roaming mode" where you can go everywhere on the map. I hate it.
That's not quite what I was referring to. Actually, I LOVE free-roaming scenes.
What I meant was... well, here's an example. Recently I was re-playing FF7 (which I had beaten years before, but I'll be blasted if I remember most of the details), and I got to the bit where you have to find parts of a digsuise to dress Cloud up as a girl so he can infiltrate Don Corneo's mansion. For the life of me I couldn't remember what you were supposed to do to get all the parts--I only managed to get one piece, and then got stuck. I walked into EVERY building, and talked to EVERYONE at least twice, and tried my damndest to interact with every object I ran across... but I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do to get the other two parts of the disguise.