Paradigm Entertainment

Magic Karts [PS2 – Cancelled]

Magic Karts is  a cancelled racing game that was in development in 2000/2001 by Paradigm Entertainment for Playstation 2, planned to be a spiritual sequel to Beetle Adventure Racing, one of the most interesting Nintendo 64 racing games. Even if this would have not used Volkswagen New Beetles brand of cars as the first game, Magic Karts would have probably have huge levels to explore while racing again other CPU cars (or friends in multiplayer mode), with colorful tracks full of secrets and hidden shortcuts. Unfortunately the game was never released, probably because Paradigm never found a publisher interested in this game.

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EggHead Shred [N64 – Proto / Tech Demo]

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EggHead Shred was rumored to be a prototype for a N64 skiing game by Paradigm Entertainment, where the player could have took control of Paradigm’s mascott, Egghead, a weird egg with “punk” hair. There are not many more informations about this, but EggHead was shown with an interactive video at SIGGRAPH 1994 / 1996 (?) where the audience controlled the game with a motion sensing technology.

The people in the room were able to move their hands left / right, up / down and get a corresponding movement with the image on the screen. You can read more about this show at the Cinematrix website. The game was never released and probably it was just created as a tech demo for the SIGGRAPH show and it was not really meant to be a Nintendo 64 game.

As we can read from BW Online, Paradigm Simulations created the game as an offshoot of defense work. Also, as noticed by Hibana, EggHead Shred was featured on the Nickelodeon variety show “U to U” in the mid-1990’s:

“Egghead Shred” by Paradigm – This game had the audience playing a punk-rock “Humpty Dumpty-like” character as he skied his way down a obstacle-laden slope of frying pans and vicious forks (no kidding!). The stunning graphics were produced by a host of Silicon Graphics Reality Engine-based workstations while the audience utilized the Cinematrix IAP as the control interface.

It would be nice to find a video from this U2U episode to see Eddhead in motion.

Thanks a lot to Gilgamesh and Hibana for the contributions!

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