Power Glove documentary on the way

New film "The Power of Glove" will chronicle the history and legacy of the ill-fated 1989 Nintendo controller.

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Three filmmakers have announced they are working on a documentary that will chronicle the history and legacy of the ill-fated 1989 Nintendo Power Glove controller.

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The film, titled The Power of Glove, will feature interviews with the controller's original designers, as well as enthusiasts who have "refused to let the Power Glove die."

The filmmakers--Adam Ward, Andrew Austin, and Paula Kosowski--have been working on the film for about a year now, though no release date for the movie has been announced.

The Power Glove was developed by Mattel and aimed to allow players to recreate hand movements on screen in real time, though it never gained mainstream adoption.

The controller was the focus of a scene from 1989's The Wizard and was also mentioned on Cartoon Network's Regular Show. Powerglove is also the name of Boston-based instrumental metal band that plays covers of video game themes.

For more on The Power of Glove, check out the film's debut trailer below.

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...ahem.. "Behold, the ultimate warpzone"..

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This movie should be directed by the Angry Video Game Nerd !

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See how far we have come in 25 years? NONE! We have gone backwards. Nowadays the only thing the Kinect can do is spy on you while you masturbate, whereas the Power Glove can actually help.


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Maybe that's how you use your kinect, but Be honest. Kinect spies on YOU while YOU masturbate using YOUR power glove.

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@spectreSE7EN Fool, everyone knows you can't use Nintendo peripherals with Microsoft consoles.

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Worst control ever, i demand these guys post the episode POWER GLOVE from regular show OOOOOOOHHHHH!!!

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I have no idea why, but this announcement makes me extremely happy.

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@WheelzFourReelz it's a pretty new phenomenon called nostalgiousexploitive. It's big business these days.

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It'll be a 13 minute documentary in-which they reference the movie 'The Wizard' 50 times then say it never really worked in any way with apologetic Japanese businessmen bowing and apologizing throughout the closing credits.

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I'm surprised that Nintendo didn't try to resurrect the Power Glove during the Nintendo Wii Era 2006-2012. The power glove was kinda Nintendo first chance at Motion controls? Or at least a new way to control videogames. The Power Glove seemed to have fit with the Wii design concept than the NES.

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@Megavideogamer Sega hada motion sensor too. http://www.giantbomb.com/sega-activator/3000-8/

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Heh, I remember the Wizard, one of my favorite movies at the time.

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i saw this thing on AVGN , before that i never know that this thing was exist

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If any could make a working consumers Power Glove, coupled with the Oculus Rift (what Virtual Boy should have been) it could start the future of gaming

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@auliaackckck actually there's a gesture controller product in making called the Myo, that, although it isn't a glove, is an armband that reads the muscle activity and uses motion sensors to recreate the movements of your arm and hand. and of course there's the leap motion controller than can sense your hands and all 10 fingers or other finger like tools to control your computer. google them...

the leap motion especially is quite affordable, and the myo isn't too bad either, though that one first ships in 2014

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@AzraRillian leap motion is a great option for in game "touch -panel" UI. gameplay wise possibilites can be explored though.


then theres the virtuix omni that could do with movement with VR, it seems to be good so far..

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with the new tech we got it would work great and cheap now

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I remember playing with a research version of a device like this once upon a time. Awesome stuff.

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still have mine! the sensor on the glove were\are terrible. i have thought about trying to rig it with newer sensors, from a wii or something. or having it interface with an old evo...

but yeah fond memories of trying to play mike tysons punch out...arm got tired just thinking bout it.

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AVGN has no part in it? It's so bad!


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@Ripper_TV He actually did a Power Glove ep. already. Check it out on GameTrailers.

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@brxricano @Ripper_TV I am pretty positive that is why he mentioned him in the first place. He has seen it.

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@ZOD777 @brxricano @Ripper_TV Zod's right, baby, Zod's right...

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I totally forgot about this controller. So this is where it started for Nintendo. I wonder if other console makers tried anything wacky. I remember the Dreamcast controller which was a really good idea. Too bad Sega went bankrupt.

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@Willie_Dynamite http://www.giantbomb.com/sega-activator/3000-8/

Sega had a octagonal motion sensor.

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Why this hasn't been rereleased as a Wiimote attachment, is beyond me.

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i think i saw a parody of this glove in one of cartoon networks shows that my annoying little brother used to watch while he comes to visit now i know where it came from lol.

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@gamingfrendly It's from The Regular Show.

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"I like the powerglove, it's so bad."

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this thing was so bad xD

but seriously.. a whole documentary on a single accesory? sounds kind of boring.

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@brainiac1988 Not at all.


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I TRIED to own one... Wow, it was soooo baaaaaad! I'll be watching! Curious to see what people have done to make this thing USEFUL other than a fashion statement!

>=)

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@KaSeRRoR You mean its so RAAAAAAAAAADDDD!!!! (lighting surrounds your arm) I feel the poweerrrrr, UNLIMITED POWERRRR!!!

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@GodGundamNT1 DUH! What was I thinking! That is is EXACTLY what I SHOULD HAVE said! The lighting around my arm!? What is it!? The poweeeer.... Yeeees, I can feel the poweeeer!

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Gahhh hahaha you were right it is BAAADDD, I seemed to remember for some reason an add from Nintendo Power that said it was Rad.. but yeah lightning


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It would have been awesome if it was WIRELESS. 8-\

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the ending is gonna be dark, look up the person who played Lucas in the Wizard.

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@Halloll I just looked that up, it says he's a sex offender; I wonder if he had the Power Glove on when he did it, after all "it's so bad'. He should have took Fred Savage's advice and kept his Power Glove off the kids.

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In all fairness, "Smell The Glove" is sort of already taken.

Also, Power Glove did the Blood Dragon soundtrack, which is *awesome*

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@anvilone Yes, Blood Dragon's soundtrack is pure gold.

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@anvilone Far Cry 3's Blood Dragon?

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@Shadowdanc3r @anvilone yes

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I liked James Rolfe's take on this thing. This documentary sounds interesting though.

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@scatterbrain007 Remember how using the power glove was the only way he could successfully land in the Top Gun game? That was so awesome.

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@starcrafthenry @scatterbrain007 Yeah his face after landing the jet was priceless, HA!

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Me and my friends, we circle jerk around nostalgic nintendo stuff all the time.

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@KitchMurder It's hard to read sarcasm online sometimes, but that seemed douchey.

If so, go put on your YOLO hat and annoy your 15 year old friends. It'll be fun.

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