Friday, April 27

Special Events ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston 2018

The Power of Glove

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New England Premiere

Expected to be in attendance: Directors Adam Ward & Andrew Austin

THE POWER OF GLOVE chronicles the history and 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 optimistic pioneers in the 1980s virtual-reality frontier, and it was touted as a revolutionary device that would change the way humans interacted with computers.

Humans were in for disappointment, though, because most kids and critics thought the Power Glove just plain sucked. Its performance didn’t live up to the hype, and it was quickly relegated to bargain bins as a worthless gimmick.

Nearly three decades after its release, however, a small but dedicated fan base has brought new life to the Power Glove by hacking and repurposing it into musical instruments, art projects, virtual-reality devices, and a slew of other creative ends. Bridging the gap between the 1980s and the current V.R. revival, THE POWER OF GLOVE tells the story of how and why the Power Glove lives on.

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Adam Ward’s favorite games include Tetris and Mass Effect 2.

Andrew Austin’s faves are Ms. Pac-Man and Mario Kart 64.