Jared Davis Software
Jarrod Davis Software Company probably holds the record for changing its name the most times. The publishing label for Jarrod Davis, it registered jdsoftware.com by at least 1996, and its slogan was "A new gaming experience." It published Astro3D as Jarrod Davis Software in 1997, by which time they had trademarked the slogan "We're masters of our game". In October 1997, Astro3D was released. The hero, Sed Fransard, an interstellar junk man, protects the Earth Alliance by clearing debris from important trade routes.
Around February 1998, jdsoftware.com listed only content by RampZamp, which published a game called Jump Zamboli for Mac OS 8.x. A Windows version was promised, but it is unclear whether or not it was ever released. It is also unclear if RampZamp was the new name of Jarrod Davis Software since there was no mention of Astro3D. Around June 1998, jdsoftware.com, now the homepage of JD Software Company, indicated that the site was being redesigned and would return shortly, and that Xtreme Games LLC was the new publisher of Astro3D. The site never returned and the domain name expired.
In May 2001 the company changed its name to Perseity Entertainment and the slogan changed to "Masters of our game". They announced that a game called FreeStrike: Arcade Space Combat was coming soon. Based on a game engine called GameVision, which was listed as a commercial product available for developers, FreeStrike was a 2D space shooter set in the same universe as Astro3D. The hero – this time Cadet John Blake – protects the Earth Alliance from alien invaders. The game was divided into seven zones of three levels each, of which only the first zone was playable in the shareware version. Registered users received the full version of the game, and were promised Episode 2 and 3 when they were completed. Episode 2 was to be called Quest: Fight for Freedom, and Episode 3 was to be called PlanetStrike: Final Conflict, both of which were announced as "coming soon", though not listed as being later episodes of FreeStrike on the website. By the middle of 2002, perseity.com disappeared.
On 4 July 2002, the company changed its name to JDS Games and operated from its home page at jdsgames.com, which had been owned and listed as under development since 2000. The company trademarked the new slogan "Pure arcade action". An announcement on the main page stated, "JDS Games has taken over the development and production of FreeStrike which was previously created by Perseity Entertainment." Quest: Fight for Freedom was listed as a future project, and FreeStrike 2: Evolution was listed as being in development. FreeStrike 2 was to use the GameVision engine. JDS Games published v1.4 of FreeStrike. Around September 2003, jdsgames.com went down for maintenance and expired by early 2004.
On 29 November 2003, JDS Games changed its name back to Jarrod Davis Software, now at jarroddavis.com. The slogan was changed back to "We're masters of our game". The new JDS published v1.5 and 1.6 of FreeStrike, and the GameVision SDK was released. OuterRim: Deep Space Asteroids was announced as a sequel picking up immediately after FreeStrike, and FreeStrike 2: Evolution was re-announced as FreeStrike 2: Infinite Expanse. By August 2004, the main page referred to Jarrod Davis Enterprises, though the main site still listed Jarrod Davis Software in the copyright information. In September 2004, the company changed its name to Big Daddy Games and linked to bigdaddygames.com. jarroddavis.com became a place holder with the claim, "Coming soon" or "Coming whenever I get a moment..." until at least the end of 2007.
The history of JDS' time as Big Daddy Games is completely unknown. No archived versions of bigdaddygames.com are available because the new owner of that domain name has a robots.txt exclusion, which retroactively forbids the previous owner's website from being archived.
On 4 July 2008, the company changed its name back to Jarrod Davis Software yet again, this time at jarrodavisoftware.com. The slogan was changed to "Masters of our game!", which is a service mark. Two games were announced: FreeStrike – Arcade Space Combat!, in which agent John Blake once again defends the Earth Alliance from the New Space Resistance, and Asterix – Deep Impact!, a sequel that takes place seven years after Operation "FreeStrike". Both games were to be based on the PyroGine engine.
On 1 April 2010, the company changed its name to PyroGine Development, with the home page moving to http://www.pyrogine.com. The slogan was changed to "Forging Software Solutions!", which is trademarked. A game called StellarDefense has been announced. It will tell the story of the epic saga of the battle for EarthAlliance, a federation of planets and species united for the common goal of peace, prosperity and well being for all its citizens. The StellarDefense series will be powered by the PyroGine Game Engine.
Timeline of releases:
|FreeStrike||1.6.0||27 April 2004|
|FreeStrike||1.5.0||15 December 2003|
|FreeStrike||1.4.0||4 July 2002|
|FreeStrike||1.3||9 December 2001|
|FreeStrike||1.2||1 November 2001|
|FreeStrike||1.10a||10 October 2001|
|FreeStrike||1.00||5 October 2001|
|FreeStrike||Alpha 2a||12 September 2001*|
|FreeStrike||Alpha 2||9 September 2001*|
|FreeStrike||Alpha 1a||28 July 2001*|
|Astro3D||1.00||14 October 1997|
* Released only to beta testers.
Jarrod Davis Software
PO Box 1285
Old Town, FL 32680
Fax : 352.542.3447
Starting in 2001
716 NE 8th Street #5
Hallandale, FL 33009
Web Site: http://www.perseity.com
Starting in 2002
Web Site: http://www.jdsgames.com
Starting in 2004
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