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A '''prototype''' is a stage of design before the final one. Prototype [[video game]]s are created during development for playtesting and bug reporting purposes. Usually, a prototype game doesn't leave the developers' offices, but occasionally one finds its way out and onto the internet.
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A '''prototype''' is a stage of design before the final one. Prototype video games are created during development for playtesting and bug reporting purposes. Usually, a prototype game doesn't leave the developers' offices, but occasionally one finds its way out and onto the internet.
  
 
==Prototypical stages==
 
==Prototypical stages==
* '''Alpha''' - the first or a very early build, demonstrating the game's engine with one or two levels.
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* '''Pre-Alpha''': Only used in certain games for very early development
* '''Beta''' - bearing some resemblance to the final game, often containing bugs or missing features.
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* '''Alpha''': All the development up to beta
* '''Release candidate / prerelease''' - outwardly identical to the final game, but may contain minor bugs which have yet to be fixed. Prereleases are often sent to journalists to preview/review, and are sometimes released as demo or shareware software.
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* '''[[Beta]]''': All major game modes and features are closed; game is now being heavily tested for bugs by SOA's QA
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* '''Final/Gold''': Finished and sold product
  
 
==Examples of well-known prototypes==
 
==Examples of well-known prototypes==
===Available on the internet===
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* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Nick Arcade prototype)]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]])
* ''[[Sonic 2 Beta|Sonic the Hedgehog 2]]'' ([[Sega Megadrive]])
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* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Simon Wai prototype)]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]])
* ''[[CD Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' ([[Sega CD|Sega Mega CD]])
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* ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog CD build 510]]'' ([[Mega CD|Sega Mega CD]])
* ''[[Sonic Crackers]]'' (Sega Megadrive)
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* ''[[Sonic Crackers]]'' (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)
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* ''[[Sonic 3D (cartridge prototype)]]'' (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)
  
===Unavailable===
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{{S2Betas}}
* ''[[Sonic X-treme]]'' ([[Sega Saturn]])
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{{Sonic the Hedgehog CD Betas}}
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{{Sonic & Knuckles Betas}}
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{{ChaotixBetas}}
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{{Sonic3DBetas}}
  
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[[Category:General Interest]]
[[Category:Prereleases|*]]
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Revision as of 21:42, 19 September 2009

A prototype is a stage of design before the final one. Prototype video games are created during development for playtesting and bug reporting purposes. Usually, a prototype game doesn't leave the developers' offices, but occasionally one finds its way out and onto the internet.

Prototypical stages

  • Pre-Alpha: Only used in certain games for very early development
  • Alpha: All the development up to beta
  • Beta: All major game modes and features are closed; game is now being heavily tested for bugs by SOA's QA
  • Final/Gold: Finished and sold product

Examples of well-known prototypes

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Prototypes and Betas
Nick Arcade Prototype | "Wai" Prototype | Beta 4 | Beta 5 | Beta 6 | Beta 7 | Beta 8
Sonic the Hedgehog CD Prototypes and Betas
510 | 712 | 806 | 920
Sonic & Knuckles Prototypes and Betas
0525 | 0606 | 0608 | 0610 | 0612 | 0618 | 0619
Chaotix Prototypes and Betas
Crackers | 1207 | 1227 | 1229 | 0111 | 0119 | 0202 | 0208 | 0209 | 0210 | 0213 | 0214 | 0216
Sonic 3D Prototypes and Betas
73 | 814 | 2006 Cartridge dump | 819 | 825 | 830 | 831 | 94 | Saturn Tech Demo