We can’t afford to be selfish, and we’re not willing to be greedy.
The Energy of an Electron? Not so much. But we can get a good grasp on its energy values by studying it as a collection of tiny, subatomic particles.
The problem with electrons is that they act as little, very small, “units” of energy—i.e., they’re not really a bunch of numbers. So it’s difficult to know exactly what kind of energy an electron has. But you can use the energy values of other electrons to tell you if an electron is really “powerful” or “not powerful.
In fact, electrons have the same kind of energy values as the other subatomic particles like protons, neutrons, and quarks. So it must be a very strong (and therefore very powerful) electron because it has all the subatomic particle values.
To get a quick feel for how powerful a particular electron really is, you can use the energy of other electrons to build a small model of an atom of the sort that has a lot of electrons orbiting around it. Then you can see which electrons have the most energy. Then you can compare this model with a complete model of the atom, and see if the energy values of the model matches the energy values of the complete atom.
The energy of a many‑electron atom is always a much higher power than the energy of a few. You can use that energy to build a few more things, and see that the power increases when you add more electrons to a few. That’s why you can make a model of your own.
In the game, the player has to select one electron to build into an atom, and keep doing so until they get to an atom with the maximum energy. The player can control the energy by choosing which electrons to add or remove, but they can only add or remove one electron at a time. Each addition or removal increases the energy of the atom, and each energy increases the power of the atom.
I think it’s important to note that these are only the energy values of some of the electrons, not the sum of all of the electron energies in the atom. So a single electron may have a higher or lower energy than the sum of all the energies in the system. That’s because there is another electron in the same location, but we can’t see it.
Thats why the energy of an electron is important to consider, even for the electrons in the same energy state. When you add an electron to a system, its energy will increase because the electron will have more electrons and energy in it. The same thing is true for removing electrons from a system. The more electrons in the system, the more the energy of the system will increase. That energy is what allows electrons to move through a system.
You’ll note the last sentence about neutrons in the description of how they get through electron.