Beta-testing

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The process of allowing people other than the author to play a game that is otherwise essentially complete, for the purpose of discovering flaws and bugs before the official public release.

By contrast, allowing people to play the game before the plot has been completely written or when other parts of the game are fundamentally unfinished is alpha-testing.

Beta-testing is an IF form of usability testing, which also helps the author identify what parts of a work-in-progress the players enjoy most.

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