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.