Tons of games have treasure chests in them, okay fine. But who put them there? God? (pssst the developer)
It kinda kills my immersion when I question why is a chest in the middle of the woods with valuable items in it. Some games approach this situation by having you find a note saying something like "In this chest is my life savings." but that doesn't mean every treasure is someone's hidden savings. I like how in Dark souls most of the items found are on corpses, its sensible and it can make you to wonder how this person died and who they were. Sometimes instead of chests, items can be indicated by a glowing/sparkling light. I like this idea as well because the glowing/sparkling light can represent the significance of the item to the player's character. Spontaneous chests in video games arent hurting anybody, theyre kinda cheesy and I enjoy seeing them.
I just wanted to hear you guy's perspective on this topic in general.