Monday, March 12, 2012 at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX
by RJ Owen (Lead Experience Planner – EffectiveUI)
The Power Glove was a video game controller made by Mattel in 1989. It was the first wearable video game controller. The glove had lots of buttons and options in addition
Nintendo released two games with the Power Glove, including Super Glove Ball.
Marketing for the PowerGlove focused on immersion in the game. PowerGlove has captured the mind of the American public. It was even on Stephen Colbert recently. Even though it was really cool. It was a commercial failure.
The PowerGlove was
- rated the 7th worst video game controller of all time
- sold $88M US (failure)
- japanese producer declared bankruptcy
It was so bad that people are still complaining about it today.
Bill Buxton – data design