Developed at a whirlwind pace, hyped to the gills, dumped on the market with no support, and abandoned within a year: the story of the Power Glove, 1989’s hottest video gaming accessory and the world’s first whiff of mass-market virtual reality, is hardly unique in the annals of retail, but its cultural impact runs deep. Power of Glove’s oral history revels in chunky 8-bit futurism: cyberpunk fashion statements, neon VHS eye-candy, and heavy machine-made sounds (via a banging synthwave score by Magic Sword). As an enduring tribe of Glove hackers and enthusiasts already knows, futurist promises have an inspirational power no matter how shoddily they’re fulfilled, and limitlessness sometimes comes wrapped in cheap plastic. -JK
Filmmaker scheduled to attend
Preceded by the short film “My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It” (15 min).
PRD: Andrew Austin, Paula Kosowski, Adam Ward; WRI: Andrew Austin, Paula Kosowski, Adam Ward; DP: Adam Ward, Andrew Austin; ED: Andrew Austin, Adam Ward