PF Magic

Moby ID: 1511

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PF Magic was a video game developer, founded in 1991 and located in San Francisco, California. Their main franchise was the Catz and Dogz series, a line of virtual pet games, and prior to that they developed PaTaank, and Ballz 3D: Fighting at its Ballziest, an innovative fighting where the characters are composed completely of spheres. In 1998 the company was bought out by Ubi Soft Entertainment that now owns the copyright to the virtual pets titles.

Credited on 14 Games from 1992 to 1999

Dogz 4 (1999 on Windows)
Catz 4 (1999 on Windows)
Catz 3 (1998 on Windows)
Petz (1998 on Windows)
Catz II: Your Virtual Petz (1997 on Windows)
Dogz II: Your Virtual Petz (1997 on Windows)
Catz: Your Computer Petz (1996 on Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Oddballz: Your Wacky Computer Petz (1996 on Windows, Macintosh, Windows 3.x)
Dogz: Your Computer Pet (1995 on Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Ballz: The Director's Cut (1995 on 3DO)
PaTaank (1994 on 3DO)
Ballz 3D: Fighting at its Ballziest (1994 on SNES, Genesis)
Max Magic (1994 on CD-i)
3rd Degree (1992 on CD-i)

History +

May 1998

The company is acquired by The Learning Company.

1991

Company founded.

Trivia +

Precisely what the "PF" in the company's name was supposed to stand for depended on who they were talking to -- some popular selections included "Positive Future", "People Find", "Partially Funded" and "Perpetually Fighting"... however, according to co-founder Rob Fulop, the most fundamental unpacking of the letters "PF" involved the word "Pure" and an expletive.

"p.f. magic" was named after a comment found in some code at Atari.

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