Talent is not a number

8 12 2013

Movies have it right, games have it wrong.  In a movie there’s always that one genius scientist/engineer/madman that does all the coolest stuff and knows everything, you know who I’m talking about.  They save the day with science, somehow program a virus in an alien language, and just in general act as deus ex machina with a few pieces of sciency sounding jargon thrown in.

But games (and most companies) treat scientists/engineers as a number.  I was just playing XCOM and the way the games works is that you need X scientists to research something or Y engineers to build something.  I’ll take 1 Albert Einstein over a hundred run of the mill scientists any day.  I could rant for awhile about this, but I think you get my drift.


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