Perhaps you've heard the word "Beta" come up here and there. Let me explain what Beta here is, in a nutshell:
Beta is a goal in our game-making process where all important logic, art, puzzles, animations, and conversations (convos as we abbreviate) are mostly done, and the game is at least playable. At this point, the office members and several testers give it a try.
There may be a few cool animations missing, some art might be missing or will be revised later, some bonus extras have not been made yet (like the preview trailer to the next game, or say the cell phone games, some idle chit-chat in conversations have not been added, and there may be several "bugs" still left in.
It's a big milestone, but there is still plenty of work to be done and things needing polishing. Yesterday and today I have been playing through The Deadly Device...on Master Level, since I like the challenge.
I do believe that we have a meeting soon to discuss the testing results. I'm looking forward to hearing every one's opinions here in the office!
One last but not least note: Happy belated 10th birthday, Jessica!!