This will be the first time I've featured a film on the Kickstarter Spotlight but I'm not straying too far from my usual as it relates to a video game system near and dear to our hearts: NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Well, not so much that but a strange peripheral that was the pre-cursor to the Wii-Mote, Kinect and Playstation Move. That's right! Fire up your copy of The Wizard cause it's Power Glove time.
Don't remember the Power Glove? (Check the link to the left for a bit more on the Glove from one of my favorites: Angry Video Game Nerd. Totally NSFW). It was a piece of tech that had high ambitions. The development team over at Nintendo, and it was made of many people, sought to create a new way for human beings to interact with computers. It, instead, became a huge joke that, at the time, was critically panned and, frankly, had very few games that made use of the Power Glove. It has, however, refused to die and has been repurposed by folks from all walks of life for things you'd never expect. Power of Glove examines the phenomenon of the peripheral, its impact on the video game industry and how the once reviled accessory is now used in so many different ways. Yes! Another video game documentary! They seem to be all the rage these days but, frankly, this weird chapter in the otherwise insanely successful original generation of Nintendo (R.O.B aside) needs to be examined.
The indie documentary has actually been in production for a while but, well, funding can be tough to find when you're dealing with such a niche segment of even the large video game landscape. So, the team of Adam Ward and Andrew Austin sought out the help of like-minded individuals via Kickstarter to give them that last push. The campaign started on August 5th and runs through September 5th. They need another 15K to "cover travel expenses, shooting costs, archival footage fees, publicity, as well as the timely process of editing the remainder of the film."
Backers of the project will get access to:
- T-shirts with the Power of Glove logo
- (LIMITED) Signed copy of the NES game Super Glove Ball (the only game 100% designed for use with the Power Glove) - Signed by Novak, the game's creator
- A full-frame VHS copy of The Power of Glove (you still get an HD version as well)
- DVD copy of the film (with an option to get it signed)
- A genuine Power Glove signed by Chris Gentile, one of the Power Glove's integral creators (Scrivener kind of wants that for a display piece like YESTERDAY)
The Power Glove was such a unique part of the entire experience of the early days of Nintendo that I find it hard to believe this wasn't already made prior to now. It is well on its way though with just a day since the campaign started and they're nearing $1500 already. Hop on over to the Power of Glove Kickstarter page and give it a look. Scrivener approved.
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