After reading all the pages of this post, I see devs already said they are thinking about leaving the progression in, that's nice :)Still, they say they prefer prototypes over current system. i think I also disagree on that part. I think feeding items to the machines is fun. It makes finding rare materials more interesting. If I get a rare material I have no idea what it is for, it's like, well, I'll stash it here...But with the science points I'm like: lets see how much I get for this! And since you start new games all the time, you don't mind wasting a good item in the machines.In my opinion, it makes gathering/hunting/exploring more interesting, since it adds a layer of item value.