Jordan Mechner Deploys Occam's Razor on Innocent Filename

By Rich Stanton on at

Jordan Mechner is the creator of Prince of Persia and the Last Express, as well as the author of Templar. It is the prince's adventure that looms largest in our collective cultural consciousness, however, to the extent that people still spend time modding the game.

One such modder had a question for Mechner: why is level 8's filename 329? They offered potential explanations: "Is it a reference to 329 BC; the end of the Achaemenid Empire and death of Bessus?"

The man himself stepped in and revealed the stark truth behind it all.

While writing this post I realised that my understanding of what Occam or (Ockham) said is completely wrong. William of Ockham was a monk dude, and his principle says that, among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be preferred. But in modern times it has acquired a distinct popular meaning, the one I had in mind: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

That's me humbled: PoP Modding wasn't the only one to learn something today.