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Gaming 2012/04/11 23:36:10
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Caine's Arcade might not have the glitz of your local Dave and Buster's, but it has something no chain arcade will ever have -- the heart of a 9-year-old boy. When Caine first built a cardboard arcade in the front room of his dad's East L.A. used auto parts shop, he was happy to get a single customer. Luckily, that first customer had a plan.

When filmmaker Nirvan Mullick stumbled upon the 9-year-old's creation, he was so intrigued he decided to promote it with a viral video. To do it, Mullick created a "flash mob" event on Facebook, and it quickly hit the front page of Reddit. Since then, Caine has raised more than $80,000 -- enough to set up a scholarship fund. But we couldn't do his story justice with words. You have to watch the video -- and then let us know: Would you play at Caine's Arcade?

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  • vinone 2012/04/12 03:36:17
    Sorry kid.
  • SoLongFairLady 2012/04/12 02:44:58
    Go Caine :)
  • Rubyking 2012/04/12 02:32:23
  • Nica24 2012/04/12 02:29:11
    He must be conservative!! C:
  • S123 Nica24 2012/04/12 04:07:48
    What do you mean?
  • Nica24 S123 2012/04/12 06:10:50
    While this child is building an Arcade....

    These children are being indoctrinated.
  • MiaBella 2012/04/12 02:26:45
    better than watching the youth eat mcdonalds while they play Halo
  • Sterling 2012/04/12 01:58:07
    Cute story, cute kid. I support local kids but I don't care that much about taking a trip out of my way to support some other kid.

    I mean 80,000 for one kid is cool but seriously there are kids in towns everywhere just like this kid. Seems like people kind of forget that.
  • animelover123 2012/04/12 01:35:49
    God I suck at them!
  • Kibbles 2012/04/12 01:33:44
    The boy has ambition, good, good.
  • Anthony... Kibbles 2012/04/12 02:27:18
    Anthony Souls
    To play devils advocate: this boy may have ambition, or boredom, to create a cardboard box game system at his dad's auto-shop, but he is hardly ingenious. And to dig deeper into the story, he would of never have been known and failed miserably if he wasn't a "cute" kid that someone discovered who know someone with a Facebook page that could broadcast it to 200,000+ people. If anything, I would say that this is a perfect example of what is wrong with the world today. Kids trying to create business = cute and ingenious, while kids being kids = foolish and ignorant.

    Take care,
  • Kibbles Anthony... 2012/04/12 02:33:13
    bravo sir.
  • Grrr 2012/04/12 01:06:14
    its good knowing that there are some kids out there with some imagination instead of doing this inside their homes
    kid playing video games
  • Nuke Grrr 2012/04/12 01:17:31
    I know right
  • Anthony... Grrr 2012/04/12 02:29:12
    Anthony Souls
    Actually, there are kids out there programming their own computer games, and computer programs through programming languages; they are far more ingenious and intelligent than a kid that decided to build a cardboard video game system, and use his time at the garage that he already stayed at; if he didn't get discovered, he would of gone on with life like everyone else.

    Take care,
  • JCLadybug Anthony... 2012/04/12 19:49:18
    That was my husband at age 12 (first language he taught himself was C++)....but he also was just like the kids above. Nothing wrong with being a kid so long as they still know the meaning of hard work. ;)
  • 3052457 Grrr 2012/04/12 04:32:14
  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2012/04/12 00:53:25
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    Future entrepreneur. YAY Caine!!!!! I love his 'Never give up' attitude.
  • Vieuphoria 2012/04/12 00:43:43
    Sure. But I do like to play with kids too.
  • fgjdsfweg Vieuphoria 2012/04/12 00:47:05
  • fgjdsfweg Vieuphoria 2012/04/12 00:49:03
  • 3052457 Vieuphoria 2012/04/12 04:32:52
  • Vieuphoria 3052457 2012/04/12 13:39:45
    Why? I do like playing with kids.
  • 3052457 Vieuphoria 2012/04/12 14:49:09
  • Vieuphoria 3052457 2012/04/12 15:57:52
    Well I guess I should keep quite of my love of touching kids to myself
  • 3052457 Vieuphoria 2012/04/12 16:28:01
  • Vieuphoria 3052457 2012/04/12 17:31:40
    Touching a kids heart that is.... You have a dirty mind.
  • 3052457 Vieuphoria 2012/04/13 02:56:41
  • chyna 2012/04/12 00:39:26
    aww this is so cute! Caine is a very clever boy and I think he's gonna go places if he keeps his business up. I wish him the best of luck. :D
  • Jay Calderone 2012/04/12 00:36:17
    Jay Calderone
    Why not?
    ..damn it, this kid's already richer than I am
  • Nuke 2012/04/12 00:32:58
    I would play a few games sure :)
    Smart kid, very inventive.
  • jas wats 2012/04/12 00:30:46
    jas wats
    In today's schools, this is described as ADD.
  • Cal 2012/04/12 00:21:30
    Not especially....

    I mean it's cool that he did it...but a lot of kids do things like this. It's not anything special really.
  • Nuke Cal 2012/04/12 00:34:17
    Most kids are playing games inside, this kid actually MADE games, a lot of kids have lost imagination these days so I would say this is actually really special in my opinion.
  • Anthony... Nuke 2012/04/12 02:32:19
    Anthony Souls
    That is a stereotypical view, many children are creating real games through computer programming which requires real intelligence to make: they are out solving problems and changing real lives. What happened to this kid was not of his own demising, he was discovered by someone with the social audience to support him. They came out for the novelty of it, not to actually play his "games". Therefore, what happened to him was life changing for the scholarship, but it's hardly ingenious or based on intelligence.

    Take care,
  • Nuke Anthony... 2012/04/12 03:48:48
    ok yeah whatever man, Maybe if I saw that more I'd be more apt to believe you but I don't see that so I don't believe it's something that happens a lot, I'd believe it better if I saw more kids I see doing that but I don't see kids doing that.
    Yes it's novel but that's part of the fun but also programming is far different than actually building what this kid did which was physical labor on his own so I give him more credit.
  • JCLadybug Nuke 2012/04/12 19:55:13
    Honestly, I would say learning to program at a young age is really difficult....much more difficult than what this kid did. I give the kid props, but lots of kids do little projects like this. Some take it farther than others. I remember many little projects like this when I was a kid with my friends....they were one day things b/c we were just having fun. We never built a full arcade...but that wasn't our intention.

    Programming is very different, but it requires a much higher skill set than physical labor IMO.
  • Meggies1104 2012/04/12 00:06:38
    Its only like $2! its so cute! this kid is going places.
    I would play it just to make sure the continues with this stuff! D:
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/04/12 00:05:16
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    It's a great story until the Government finds out and shuts him down for operating without a permit.
  • stl.sha... The Eli... 2012/04/12 01:06:35
    You forgot that he ends up as the Defendant of a class action lawsuit brought on by the video game industry. He'll lose and owe the video game companies more than he'll ever make in his lifetime. Unfortunately, he'll become depressed, take meds for years and finally decide "it's just not worth it" and commit suicide.

    There's more to the story, but I'm shaking my head and realizing all this is actually possible, so I'll stop here.

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