17th Aug2013

Remember Nintendo’s Power Glove? You will after this documentary!

by Phil Wheat


Recently there’s been a huge upswell in documentaries that take a look at 1980s pop culture – be it VHS, toys, video games, anything! And now comes a new documentary based on the Nintendo NES’s most famous accessory…The Power Glove!

Released in 1989, the Power Glove was THE first gesture-based controller, way before the likes of the Wii, Kinect and PS Move. It even made an appearance in the Fred Savage flick The Wizard.

Filmmakers Adam Ward, Andrew Austin, and Paula Kosowski are set to bring us the history of the Power Glove, from both a fan and developer perspective, featuring interviews with the Power Glove’s developers in its hardware, firmware, game design, and marketing departments; as well as the legion of fans, including artists and hackers who have culturally re-purposed and reinvented the device, refusing to let the Power Glove die.

1989. In an era of Nintendo-mania, toymaker giant Mattel unleashes a bold technological experiment to an eager public. The POWER GLOVE: the first video game controller that allows players to operate Nintendo games with intuitive hand gestures.

Despite immense hype surrounding its release, the product is a critical failure, disappointing thousands of children with its subpar gameplay. More than two decades later, however, dedicated fans continue to repurpose the Power Glove for art pieces, hacking projects, electronic music, and more.

For the first time ever: the story behind the world’s most notorious video game controller.

For updates on the film, follow the official Twitter account @thepowerofglove and like the official Facebook page or visit ThePowerOfGlove.Com


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