A documentary chronicling the history & legacy of the notorious Nintendo Power Glove, the world's first mass-marketed gesture-based video game controller.
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Sep 18, 2019

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“...a feel-good movie about a flop”
Polygon

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About This Video

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.

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.

Buy now to receive access to extra bonus footage!

Including...
  • David: Computerwelt
    An extended interview with Power Glove firmware author David Warhol.
  • Todd: Extra Wizardry
    An extended interview with The Wizard director Todd Holland.
  • TriForce: Every Quarter Added Up
    TriForce talks about earning money for trips to the arcade.
  • Triforce: Floorboards
    TriForce talks about what it is to live a gamer’s life.
  • TriForce: Glove Mountain
    TriForce shows off his extensive Power Glove collection.

Extra Content

6 videos, 30 minutes
Buy The Power of Glove and receive the following extra content:
Todd: Extra Wizardry
Bonus Content
12 minutes
An extended interview with The Wizard director Todd Holland.
David: Computerwelt
Bonus Content
7 minutes
An extended interview with Power Glove firmware author David Warhol.
Triforce: Every Quarter Added Up
Bonus Content
2 minutes
TriForce talks about earning money for trips to the arcade.
Triforce: Floorboards
Bonus Content
3 minutes
TriForce talks about what it is to live a gamer’s life.
TriForce: Glove Mountain
Bonus Content
4 minutes
TriForce shows off his extensive Power Glove collection.
Trailer
Bonus Content
2 minutes
The film's trailer.
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.10+
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.

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