Featuring original music by Magic Sword and never-before-seen interviews with the original creators of the Power Glove & its modern-day repurposers, The Power of Glove is a gripping story over 30 years in the making. We are thrilled to welcome directors Andrew Austin & Adam Ward for a Q&A panel immediately following the film screening.
The Power of Glove is a documentary chronicling the history & legacy of the notoriously “bad” Nintendo Power Glove, the first mass-marketed gesture-based video game controller. Released by Mattel in 1989, the Power Glove was the brainchild of the optimistic pioneers of the 1980s virtual reality frontier, and it was hyped as a revolutionary device that would change the way humans interact with computers. Unfortunately, we humans were in for disappointment, since most kids & critics thought the Power Glove just plain sucked. The reality didn’t live up to its hype, and it was quickly relegated to bargain bins as a worthless gimmick. Nearly three decades after its release, however, a small but dedicated fanbase has brought new life to the Power Glove by hacking & repurposing it into musical instruments, art projects, virtual reality devices, and a slew of other creative ends.