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Power Glove Documentary Being Produced; Trailer Included

Power Glove Documentary

If you play games in the 80s, face it, at one point you wanted the Power Glove. I did, and I eventually got one during Christmas the year came out in 1989. A few days later, I made my mom return it.

If you’re little too young to know what the Power Glove was (or is), it was Nintendo’s first attempt at motion control. As the name sounds, the motion control was actually a glove that gamers put on their hand. I remember hearing rumors about this device, and the first time I actually saw it — and I think a lot of kids of my generation would agree — was in the movie The Wizard, starting 80′s child star Fred Savage.

After watching the movie, every child wanted one. The idea of controlling a video game with the swipe of a arm sounded like science fiction, and back then it was. To us, the future was here. And when the future was finally under my christmas tree. I realized at that very moment, the future sucked.

Since that time, the Power Glove has fused together as mockery and cool. Basically it’s the perfect hipster representative. A few inspiring filmmakers have decided to create a documentary about the rise and fall of the power glove, and even though it was an abysmal failure, it somehow has become an icon in popular culture.

Watch the trailer after the break. 

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(Scene from the film ‘The Wizard’)

According to the filmmakers, “The Power of Glove is a documentary that chronicles the history and legacy of the Power Glove, a 1989 Nintendo controller that promised to forever change the way humankind interacted with technology. Originally released by Mattel, the Power Glove was the first mass-marketed, gesture-based video game controller, and its hype was immense.”

Immediately after its release, however, gamers were disappointed by the Power Glove, and critics panned it as a worthless gimmick. Yet unlike many gimmicks and critical failures of the past, the Power Glove has not been simply swept under the rug. Over two decades after its release, the Power Glove continues to resonate with video gaming and technology fans, becoming the focus of art pieces, songs, videos, hacking projects, and other forms of cultural repurposing.”

Below is the first trailer about the documentary. No word yet when it would be released, or if they plan on disturbing it. But at the very least, it will probably be online or Netflix at some point. We’ll keep you updated.

The Power of Glove: Official Trailer from Adam Ward on Vimeo.

Check out the website for the film here: thepowerofglove.com

 

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