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2021-11-28 5:11:48 AM  
Ay yiyi.
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2021-11-28 6:31:35 AM  
I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.
 
2021-11-28 6:38:09 AM  

ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.


Now the Power Pad, on the other hand? That was some primo shiat.
 
2021-11-28 6:42:31 AM  
I saw Frank Bruno show off the Nintendo U-Force on Tomorrow's World. In retrospect, that's the most 1980s sentence I can possibly imagine.
 
2021-11-28 7:30:23 AM  
It was so bad.
 
2021-11-28 7:35:38 AM  
My cousins had a power glove. It was a piece of shiat. Super glove ball sucked.
 
2021-11-28 7:47:04 AM  
The power glove was way pre-Wii but you can see what they were thinking. They just didn't quite have the acumen nor the technology at the time. In the future you won't be hearing about Apple. Everything will be Nintendo. I swear that is their 100-year plan and yes Japanese companies have those. Nintendo has existed since 1889 and they know their business.
 
2021-11-28 8:05:05 AM  
Why? I cried for days after realizing what a piece of sh*t it was. It was the only thing I wanted for Christmas. Nintendo ruined Christmas. F*ck you Nintendo!
 
2021-11-28 8:15:33 AM  
Light gun aside, NES peripherals were utter trash.
 
2021-11-28 8:18:16 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I saw Frank Bruno show off the Nintendo U-Force on Tomorrow's World. In retrospect, that's the most 1980s sentence I can possibly imagine.


Judith Hann was my secret crush as a kid. (just don't tell anyone, right?)
 
2021-11-28 8:35:11 AM  

Flappyhead: Light gun aside, NES peripherals were utter trash.


Says someone who clearly never had an Advantage. Loved that thing.
 
2021-11-28 8:55:33 AM  

ryebread: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Now the Power Pad, on the other hand? That was some primo shiat.


Just think, if Nintendo didn't have the habit of inventing a peripheral and dumping it after 2 launch games we could have gotten DDR like 15 years early
 
2021-11-28 8:58:31 AM  

ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.


Gyromite was ten times easier and more fun without ROB.
 
2021-11-28 9:03:49 AM  

Fano: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Gyromite was ten times easier and more fun without ROB.


I vaguely remember that, it was like spinning plates or some shiat. I sucked at video games at it was, I didn't need something to make it even harder.
 
2021-11-28 9:09:49 AM  

Valter: The power glove was way pre-Wii but you can see what they were thinking. They just didn't quite have the acumen nor the technology at the time. In the future you won't be hearing about Apple. Everything will be Nintendo. I swear that is their 100-year plan and yes Japanese companies have those. Nintendo has existed since 1889 and they know their business.


It kills me that Zelda will be forever stuck on whatever piece of trash system Nintendo is schilling at the time.

Zelda (and Metroid) would be 100000000000x better made with with modern PC specs in mind.

Let Nintendo keep Pokemon and Mario.
 
2021-11-28 9:24:56 AM  

Mugato: Fano: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Gyromite was ten times easier and more fun without ROB.

I vaguely remember that, it was like spinning plates or some shiat. I sucked at video games at it was, I didn't need something to make it even harder.


I find it pretty damning when a peripheral makes a game harder and less fun.

See also, Wii Balance board for Wii Punch out, half the waggle controls, the stylus on the DS...
 
2021-11-28 9:30:58 AM  
This is one of those "what people say they want isn't actually good" situations. People like the idea that moving their hand means the character on the screen moves their hand as well. But until we get fully immersive VR that will always be less efficient than just pressing a button to get the character to do what you want.
 
2021-11-28 9:31:55 AM  
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2021-11-28 9:36:35 AM  
The tech was pretty impressive for the day - I remember guides for repurposing a glove to talk to a serial port so people with PCs could experiment with motion control/VR without breaking the bank, since it was exponentially cheaper than any similar tech you could get with roughly the same functionality.
 
2021-11-28 10:01:15 AM  
 
2021-11-28 11:26:47 AM  

Flappyhead: Light gun aside, NES peripherals were utter trash.


I recall noticing the white square around the ducks when you shoot, so I turned up the brightness on the TV or pointed the gun at a light and it always registered a hit. I don't know if that memory is true, but I have it.

I got a power glove for Christmas. It didn't work. I tried to make it work, but it was trash.

I had the ROB thing. The best part was the spinner for the gyros. Spin them up and let em rip on their side and they were like bullets. I think I used the spinners to play the gyromite game as intended exactly two times. It was incredibly hard. Once it was obvious I could just use the second controller by myself never use a robot again, except when I vivisected him and harvested the motors.

That spinner though, I got plenty of use out of that.
 
2021-11-28 12:05:21 PM  
I hacked a Power Glove to use with VRML. It was decidedly underwhelming.
 
2021-11-28 12:21:28 PM  
so here's an article about stuff from the past, and i'd be pretty sure this author was not there and does not know what they are writing about.

"Nintendo's Power Glove, though beloved by young gamers in the late '80s, was functionally useless. "


uhhh no, no we didn't.
It was expensive, and experimental, like really early access levels of functionality on display, long before we ever labeled stuff 'early access.'

For its cost you were passing up one of these
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though admittedly i stole mine. We couldn't afford that kinda stuff when i was a kid.

Seriously these were not in wide spread use at all, mostly due to cost up front.
But then any of us that did get one, wound up not using it in real short order. Cause it basically sucked.

Cool ideas there, like the control scheme for flight games, say 1942, was that you would hold your hand out like it was the plane and fly your hand.
But it was really unreliable in general, and not particularly responsive when it was working as intended.

It was not loved by the kids of the 80's as this article would suggest, it was one of our first experiences learning to, not believe the hype.

Technically the control system was sound based, with a 3 mic set draped over the TV(two on the top one hangs down the side) and two little speakers pointing out from the front of the glove.
It's constantly pinging, and the fook i can hear that shiat. It was anonymizing to me, though no one else i knew could hear it.
 
2021-11-28 12:25:57 PM  
It was weird going from the right thumb move, left thumb fire of the 2600 joystick, to the left thumb move, right thumb fire of the NES controller.
 
2021-11-28 12:33:19 PM  

Fano: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Gyromite was ten times easier and more fun without ROB.


ROB was never intended to be useful or fun. It was there to help disguise the fact that the NES was a games console to retailers.

Nintendo faced a huge problem when they went to launch the Famicom in North America. The video game industry had recently crashed. Convincing shops to invest in stocking a new console right after being forced to take huge losses on video games was a serious challenge. Nintendo's approach was to make it look like something else. The case was redesigned with a front-loader to resemble a video recorder. The machine was called the Nintendo Entertainment System and the cartridges Game Paks to imply this wasn't like those failed machines from Atari, Mattel and Coleco. ROB was put in the box to promote it as a toy, again separating it from video games.

Of course, by the time the NES had established itself as a huge success in North America there was no longer a need to conceal its true nature. Surprise, it is a games console. Now buy this game Zelda, it comes on a gold cartridge.
 
2021-11-28 12:40:26 PM  

Gordon Bennett: ROB was never intended to be useful or fun. It was there to help disguise the fact that the NES was a games console to retailers.


I swear I've read somewhere that ROB allowed the NES to be sold as an educational computer, which attracted tax incentives. Same reason as the original PS3 being able to run Linux.

I could, however, be talking completely out of my arse.
 
2021-11-28 12:46:57 PM  
Since we're discussing (more or less) horrid NES peripherals, I begged for a U-Force (by Broderbund - remember them?) for Christmas or my birthday, can't remember which. It was this multi-part case that opened up into 2 infrared panels. You could either wave your hands over it or attach this weird yoke-like control stick to it.

Spoiler: IT SUCKED. Completely. It worked as advertised maybe 20% of the time. The rest, it either misinterpreted the motions you made, thereby causing all sorts of unintended things to happen, or failed to recognize any gestures at all. (To be fair, sometimes it would recognize the motions fine.... 2 seconds later, leading to "hilarity" with the game controls.)  Even the games it was "designed" to worked with, it didn't.

That was pretty much the last time I wasted any energy on a 3rd-party peripheral.
 
2021-11-28 12:49:03 PM  

PvtStash: so here's an article about stuff from the past, and i'd be pretty sure this author was not there and does not know what they are writing about.

"Nintendo's Power Glove, though beloved by young gamers in the late '80s, was functionally useless. "


uhhh no, no we didn't.
It was expensive, and experimental, like really early access levels of functionality on display, long before we ever labeled stuff 'early access.'

For its cost you were passing up one of these
[i5.walmartimages.com image 287x287]
though admittedly i stole mine. We couldn't afford that kinda stuff when i was a kid.

Seriously these were not in wide spread use at all, mostly due to cost up front.
But then any of us that did get one, wound up not using it in real short order. Cause it basically sucked.

Cool ideas there, like the control scheme for flight games, say 1942, was that you would hold your hand out like it was the plane and fly your hand.
But it was really unreliable in general, and not particularly responsive when it was working as intended.

It was not loved by the kids of the 80's as this article would suggest, it was one of our first experiences learning to, not believe the hype.

Technically the control system was sound based, with a 3 mic set draped over the TV(two on the top one hangs down the side) and two little speakers pointing out from the front of the glove.
It's constantly pinging, and the fook i can hear that shiat. It was anonymizing to me, though no one else i knew could hear it.


It's interesting to finally be old enough to see people talking reverently about things they weren't there for in the first place. Just last week we had a "movies that didn't hold up" list written by some youngster that included shiat like Mac and Me and other crap that was a wet fart when it came out and probably became more famous from Geocities pages making fun of it. I'm sure a lot of Boomers must feel this way talking about how people took crap like "My Mother the Car" seriously. Then again, people are always trying to resurrect crappy fads.

Bottom line, there was some minor interest in the Power Glove when it came out. No, the Wizard didn't make millions of kids run out and buy one. Mostly one kid in a classroom would get one and everyone would realize they were totally wretched, even by the generous standards of elementary school kids. I can't imagine that it reached the level of a "craze" and even if it did it peaked within a couple of weeks.
 
2021-11-28 1:03:43 PM  

Fano: ryebread: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Now the Power Pad, on the other hand? That was some primo shiat.

Just think, if Nintendo didn't have the habit of inventing a peripheral and dumping it after 2 launch games we could have gotten DDR like 15 years early


The only abandoned concept that really hurts is asymmetrical gameplay from the Wii U tablet. Nintendoland surprises everyone we show it to and it's fun as hell
 
2021-11-28 1:05:35 PM  

KingBiefWhistle: Fano: ryebread: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Now the Power Pad, on the other hand? That was some primo shiat.

Just think, if Nintendo didn't have the habit of inventing a peripheral and dumping it after 2 launch games we could have gotten DDR like 15 years early

The only abandoned concept that really hurts is asymmetrical gameplay from the Wii U tablet. Nintendoland surprises everyone we show it to and it's fun as hell


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Nintendo feels like the king of underused concepts
 
2021-11-28 1:11:57 PM  
Not Nintendo but anyone remember the  brief Virtual Reality craze in the early 90s? Pierce Brosnan even had a movie about it, The Lawnmower Man. They had them at the mall. It was like wearing a cathode ray tube TV on your head. You got to kill a pterodactyl and permanent neck damage for $6.

Then the whole VR thing sort of disappeared.  Now it's marginally better.
 
2021-11-28 1:26:24 PM  
This was all you really needed.
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2021-11-28 1:30:17 PM  

Fano: KingBiefWhistle: Fano: ryebread: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Now the Power Pad, on the other hand? That was some primo shiat.

Just think, if Nintendo didn't have the habit of inventing a peripheral and dumping it after 2 launch games we could have gotten DDR like 15 years early

The only abandoned concept that really hurts is asymmetrical gameplay from the Wii U tablet. Nintendoland surprises everyone we show it to and it's fun as hell

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Nintendo feels like the king of underused concepts


You can go even further back than that.

Anyone remember Pac-Man Vs?

First released on the Gamecube, three players played ghosts with regular Gamecube controllers while the 4th player played Pac-Man with a tethered Gameboy Advance. The ghost players can only see their immediate surroundings in the maze while Pac-Man can see the whole maze. It was hella fun, played with my friends in college, and.. Nintendo quickly did nothing else with the concept.
 
2021-11-28 1:44:42 PM  

Fano: Nintendo feels like the king of underused concepts


Or too quickly abandoning concepts.

When the Wii first came out, Call of Duty made a version specifically for the Wii. Instead of using a direction pad or stick to aim, you were aiming by pointing the controller at the screen. It was such a more natural way to play a first person shooter on a console.  They also integrated fun things like aiming mortars by moving your hands like you were turning the small wheels on a mortar.

But the sales were so weak that game developers stopped trying to get creative when porting their games to the Wii.
 
2021-11-28 1:45:39 PM  

Mugato: Then the whole VR thing sort of disappeared.  Now it's marginally better.


That's selling it a bit short. Current VR is insanely better than where it was at in the 90's.

It still has a bunch of room for improvement and I don't think we'll see widespread adoption anytime soon, but it can be a pretty cool experience these days.
 
2021-11-28 2:16:35 PM  

Mugato: Not Nintendo but anyone remember the  brief Virtual Reality craze in the early 90s? Pierce Brosnan even had a movie about it, The Lawnmower Man. They had them at the mall. It was like wearing a cathode ray tube TV on your head. You got to kill a pterodactyl and permanent neck damage for $6.

Then the whole VR thing sort of disappeared.  Now it's marginally better.


They have one of these in my town. My son loves it.

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2021-11-28 2:22:16 PM  

Fano: KingBiefWhistle: Fano: ryebread: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Now the Power Pad, on the other hand? That was some primo shiat.

Just think, if Nintendo didn't have the habit of inventing a peripheral and dumping it after 2 launch games we could have gotten DDR like 15 years early

The only abandoned concept that really hurts is asymmetrical gameplay from the Wii U tablet. Nintendoland surprises everyone we show it to and it's fun as hell

[external-preview.redd.it image 800x401]
Nintendo feels like the king of underused concepts


Microsoft pretty much tried that with a Fable f2p game called Fable Legends. One player controlled the monsters and traps in the quests, the other players tried to beat them.

They cancelled it during its beta phase.
 
2021-11-28 2:24:15 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Fano: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Gyromite was ten times easier and more fun without ROB.

ROB was never intended to be useful or fun. It was there to help disguise the fact that the NES was a games console to retailers.

Nintendo faced a huge problem when they went to launch the Famicom in North America. The video game industry had recently crashed. Convincing shops to invest in stocking a new console right after being forced to take huge losses on video games was a serious challenge. Nintendo's approach was to make it look like something else. The case was redesigned with a front-loader to resemble a video recorder. The machine was called the Nintendo Entertainment System and the cartridges Game Paks to imply this wasn't like those failed machines from Atari, Mattel and Coleco. ROB was put in the box to promote it as a toy, again separating it from video games.

Of course, by the time the NES had established itself as a huge success in North America there was no longer a need to conceal its true nature. Surprise, it is a games console. Now buy this game Zelda, it comes on a gold cartridge.


The thing is, the version with R.O.B. wasn't there most common version in stores. The one with the light gun was:

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2021-11-28 2:37:30 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Mugato: Then the whole VR thing sort of disappeared.  Now it's marginally better.

That's selling it a bit short. Current VR is insanely better than where it was at in the 90's.

It still has a bunch of room for improvement and I don't think we'll see widespread adoption anytime soon, but it can be a pretty cool experience these days.


Well yeah, everything graphic related is of course a ton better than it was in the 90s. And the thing you have to wear on your head is somewhat smaller.
 
2021-11-28 2:38:57 PM  
Now go look up the version that Facebook is working on to go with the Occulus!

/warning, may cause nightmares
 
2021-11-28 4:09:31 PM  
My brothers best friend had one.

He was an extra on 'Little Monsters' and they gave all the kids pimped out NES packages.
 
2021-11-28 5:11:39 PM  

Valter: The power glove was way pre-Wii but you can see what they were thinking. They just didn't quite have the acumen nor the technology at the time. In the future you won't be hearing about Apple. Everything will be Nintendo. I swear that is their 100-year plan and yes Japanese companies have those. Nintendo has existed since 1889 and they know their business.


Before computers, Nintendo was making light gun arcade games. That's why the NES had such a brilliant blaster gun.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2021-11-28 7:13:32 PM  
That article... it was like skimming Wikipedia.  TFA didn't say much of anything at all about the history or deficiencies of the power glove, nor did it even mention super power ball or whatever.  Much better articles are out there, this guy phoned it in and went out for drinks.
 
2021-11-28 7:38:01 PM  
NES Accessories - Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN)
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Obligatory. Watch all of the complaints in this thread in real time!
 
2021-11-28 8:22:19 PM  

Mugato: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Mugato: Then the whole VR thing sort of disappeared.  Now it's marginally better.

That's selling it a bit short. Current VR is insanely better than where it was at in the 90's.

It still has a bunch of room for improvement and I don't think we'll see widespread adoption anytime soon, but it can be a pretty cool experience these days.

Well yeah, everything graphic related is of course a ton better than it was in the 90s. And the thing you have to wear on your head is somewhat smaller.


Play beat saber, astrobots, or rush of blood and call it marginally better than crap from the '90s.

Jfc, you vr haters are ridiculous with your hyperbole.
 
2021-11-28 8:22:30 PM  
The Story of the Power Glove | Gaming Historian
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It was a cool idea...
 
2021-11-28 9:07:45 PM  

433: That article... it was like skimming Wikipedia.  TFA didn't say much of anything at all about the history or deficiencies of the power glove, nor did it even mention super power ball or whatever.  Much better articles are out there, this guy phoned it in and went out for drinks.


I'm pretty sure it's just an ad for 8-biatchristmas.
 
2021-11-29 12:52:04 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Gordon Bennett: Fano: ryebread: I had a Power Glove.

Hell, I had a R.O.B , I called him Robbie.

Neither was all that exciting, if we're being honest. Your nostalgia is overrated.

Gyromite was ten times easier and more fun without ROB.

ROB was never intended to be useful or fun. It was there to help disguise the fact that the NES was a games console to retailers.

Nintendo faced a huge problem when they went to launch the Famicom in North America. The video game industry had recently crashed. Convincing shops to invest in stocking a new console right after being forced to take huge losses on video games was a serious challenge. Nintendo's approach was to make it look like something else. The case was redesigned with a front-loader to resemble a video recorder. The machine was called the Nintendo Entertainment System and the cartridges Game Paks to imply this wasn't like those failed machines from Atari, Mattel and Coleco. ROB was put in the box to promote it as a toy, again separating it from video games.

Of course, by the time the NES had established itself as a huge success in North America there was no longer a need to conceal its true nature. Surprise, it is a games console. Now buy this game Zelda, it comes on a gold cartridge.

The thing is, the version with R.O.B. wasn't there most common version in stores. The one with the light gun was:

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Yeah that's the version I got when my parents got me the NES.  Except mine had the original gray light gun, before they made them orange because of complaints the original looked too much like a real gun.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2021-11-29 1:02:23 AM  

Neondistraction: Except mine had the original gray light gun, before they made them orange because of complaints the original looked too much like a real gun


I had the grey/grey one, too.  Came with the power pad and the NES.  What a great Christmas!  You mentioned that they changed the color for a reason - I haven't heard that one but it's believable.  I had friends at the time if you can believe it, and those of us with the Zapper all had varying colors.  Perhaps it was a mix of old stock being sold off.  I'd like to know.

There was a cartoon that I remember just a little, Captain N and the something.  They had little missions through different games and had a cast of Icarus, Mega Man, Link?, yeah.  I think he used the red/grey zapper.

If you have some links, or if anyone else does, I'd like to read them.  It's an interesting, if not minor, piece of NES history, along with ROB, the power pad, and perhaps even the power glove.

And if any of you here claim to have beaten Ninja Gaiden, I don't believe you.
 
2021-11-29 1:09:13 AM  
Yeah, well, uh, just keep your Power Gloves off her, pal, huh?
 
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