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Caine’s Arcade

Caine’s Arcade


My name is Caine and I’m 9 years old. My arcade is called “Caine’s Arcade.” It’s open on weekends only… and… it’s really cheap. Caine’s Dad: Caine does not pass by an arcade without stopping in. He loves tickets, playing games, he loves
prizes… so it was only natural for him to build his own arcade. He loves to see how things are built. He takes all his toys apart to see how they
work. He can’t put em back together, but he takes
them apart. Caine spent summer vacation coming to work
with me. We sell auto parts in East LA. My dad has lots of boxes back there. We ship parts out. So I cut them up and make my arcade games
out of it. This is my first game I made. The basketball hoop I got at Shakey’s Pizza,
and it’s really cool. He taped it onto a box and he was offering
people chances to play for like a nickle. He started from that little game, and little
by little they started getting fancier and fancier, and eventually he took over the whole
store. VOICE of NIRVAN: I met Caine randomly. I had to get a door handle for my ’96 Corolla,
so I pulled into this used auto parts store and I just came across this elaborate cardboard
arcade. I asked him how much it was to play and he’s
like, for one dollar you get four turns, but for 2 dollars you get a Fun Pass. Well, how many turns do you get for a Fun
Pass? You get 500 turns for a Fun Pass. I got a Fun Pass. I made this Fun Pass that expires in one month,
and you get 500 plays at any of these games – which is a great deal. Then I started making my office – it has like
a speaker on the other side so I can talk through. I got tokens, my business card, Fun
Passes, and prizes. The first prizes I used my own toys, like
the cars were my own toys. I used to like Hotwheels… when I was little. I work from the back office, and it kept him
out of my hair all summer. He would be working on the arcade and I’d
be working on Ebay. My next game I built was a soccer game. First of all it didn’t have no goalies. People said it was too easy, so I bought army goalies. Those are my blockers. I told em, is it easy now?! It’s pretty hard. So you get 2 tickets if you make it in here. I’ll give it a four star, hard game, challenging
game. Four star. One day, Caine tells me: “Dad, I want to buy
a claw machine.” And I say, “Why don’t you just build it?” So he got a S-hook, put a piece of yarn on
it, and then put a little track on top of the box, and I said “What the heck? He figured out how to make a claw machine
with a string and a hook!” And here’s some sunglasses – these are the
glasses I like the most, Star Sunglasses. He bought calculators to put on every arcade
game, and I go: “What’s that for?” The calculators right here are for security,
to see if it’s a real Fun Pass or not. On the back of the Fun Pass has a security number. So when you go here, you have to turn it on, and you put the pin number in it and you push the check mark button and the big number comes out. And that’s how you know it’s a real Fun Pass. My dad started the business in 1955. We have used auto parts. Most of our business has gone online, because we really don’t get the walk-up traffic like we used to, so Caine’s chance of getting one
customer is pretty hard. Caine’s always waiting in front, sitting on his little chair, and trying to convince people to play… but not too much luck. “Caine’s Arcade, grand opening!” But he never gets discouraged, he’s always
sweeping up and dusting off the games. Waiting for customers. He only wears his shirt on Saturdays and Sundays when he comes to open up his arcade, and he’s really proud of his shirt because he thought it up and he designed it. When Caine got back to school from vacation he started telling everybody that he had an arcade, and nobody believed him. So he won’t wear his shirt to school, because he’s afraid that kids might tease him about it. You know, he told them: Hey, I got my own
arcade! And they go, yeah, yeah, sure. Well one day, my secretary comes running into the office, George, your never gonna believe it – Somebody is playing Caine’s Arcade! And I’m going, no way! So I was looking through the security camera,
watching him. And I’m playing like miniature soccer, miniature basketball, and then when you’d score a point, he would crawl into the box, and he pulls out these little tickets out of the side of the cardboard. Like real arcade games, tickets come from
the bottom. And I was like, this kid is a genius. Nirvan came back one day when Caine wasn’t
here, and he told me, you mind if I make a short film about Caine’s Arcade? And I said, well, actually, it’s kind of like
a little joke around here, cuz you’re his only customer. I was blown away. Caine’s only sold one Fun Pass? Like, the Fun Pass is an awesome deal. So Nirvan said, well, what if I can get him a couple customers? And I said, that would make his day. If you can get him one customer, he’ll be happy. And at that point we hatched a plan to invite everybody in L.A. to come play Caine’s Arcade. The idea was to do a surprise flashmob at
Caine’s Arcade on Sunday afternoon. And I’m thinking: whose gonna come down to
a junkyard – Sunday afternoon – East L.A. Whose really gonna show up? Then I made a little facebook event, which
a friend posted on Hidden L.A. which has over 230,000 fans, and all of a sudden it just
started going viral. Nirvan put it over the internet, and all of
a sudden within an hour we had NBC News here. Then it hit the front page of Reddit, which
is like being on the front page of the internet. I started reading the comments: I wish I could
be there, I, I live in New York. I wish I could be there, I live in Europe
– and I’m going, wow… it was getting big. The plan is, I’m gonna take Caine to Shakey’s
Pizza, we’re gonna play some arcade games, we’re gonna eat lunch – while Nirvan sets
up a big surprise party. Caine has no idea what we are doing and when we get back he’s gonna have the biggest surprise of his life. And the idea is just to get as many people
as we can to come out to Caine’s Arcade, and just make his day. Caine is dying to have one customer show up
to his arcade, so Caine is gonna be the most surprised little boy in the whole wide world. Hey, we’re ready. In about a minute he is gonna arrive here. Hey Caine, can we go home early today? We had no customers today. No. No? Come on, your dad’s tired. No can do. No can do? We’re back Caine… Wow! What’s going on over here? [Giggles] Huh? (Cheers) We finally got some customers here! [laughter] [Crowd Cheers] Hi Caine. [Crowd Cheers: “We Came to Play!” “We Came to Play!” “We Came to Play!” “We Came to Play!” Alright everybody, this is Caine. Hi Caine! Caine, this is everybody. All these people came here to play your arcade,
did you know that they were coming? No. Are you ready to run your arcade? Yeah! Alright, what did you guys come here to do? We came to play!! Go ahead, welcome them to Caine’s Arcade, man. [Singing] “Well, the ‘C’ could be for Cardboard,” and the ‘A’ could be for Arcade, But the ‘A’ could also be for Auto Parts,
cuz his pop’s shops where it’s made. And the ‘I’s gotta be for Imagination,
which kids got a lot. And the ‘N’ oughta be for Noggin where the
idea first got thought. But then the ‘E’
Oh yes the ‘E’! Oh yes the ‘E’
Oh yes the E! Well, the ‘E’s gotta be for Everybody. That’s you and me! Cuz everybody is whose invited to come on
down to play. If you got the pluck to try your luck,
come on down to Caine’s Arcade. Oh, Caine’s Arcade. Caine’s Arcade! Oh, Caine’s Arcade. Caine’s Arcade! It’s the best cardboard arcade ever been made! Ever made! Grab yourself a Fun Pass and ya’ll come on
down to play, if you got the pluck to try your luck get
on down to Caine’s Arcade. Caine’s Arcade! Caine’s Arcade!! Caine’s Arcade!!! [cheers] Good job!! High five! First of all, I want to know how you got all
those people? Are those your friends? So, when I came back here, I was like, like, is is this real life? Or was I – I was just dreaming? So I came out, and it was real people, like, it was real life. Like, they were really playing the games! And then, I was coming by, and I heard – and I saw a lot of people, and I was like, huh, I don’t know? Probably like a little parade around here
somewhere. But all of a sudden, so they all went like that when I was right here. I was like, I was like… so I thought they were cheering for me, and they were! And I was proud.

Comments (100)

  1. holy shit i just realized i live very close to that place i might go there i live on cesar e chaves ave and alantic blvd

  2. You know all this imagination is going to be ruined by school.

  3. I hope his Arcade falls apart

  4. The fun version of Einstein builds an arcade in a rocket

  5. Ohhh saw at the end it say a film so is this a film

  6. Who else watched this in school

  7. I Watched this at school with my class and all the girls were 😢.

  8. This wouldn’t stop coming on my recommend so I just had to watch it…

  9. the moment you see his teeth…

  10. When you could never visit such a beautiful kid’s arcade 🙁

  11. ah the memories (2013 btw)

  12. That was soo inspireing

  13. Just realized this is 2012

  14. This is how many people want to go to Caine’s arcade

    👇🏻

  15. How does he not know if there’s a microphone on him and a camera staring at his face

  16. Cringy music ruins everything

  17. that looks fun i want to play. but i live in Wisconsin

  18. No one:
    Not a soul:
    Not happing:

    Hippies: "We want to play!!!"

  19. Caines now 16 years old damn

  20. A act of kindness can make the world change

  21. this was way too wholesome

  22. People : i dont like this arcade!

    Caines : if u win u got Lamboghini Abd Ferari

    People : *START PLAYING IN 90,000 YEARS*

    so yea guys dont judge people things.maybe it the best thing ever!!!
    Like caines ArcadeA

  23. No one:
    :this boy:ima make home made video games

  24. In second grade my class made a cardboard arcade and it was inspired by this video!! It's true

  25. this is just one of those feel good stories that you see across the news. I dislike this because its just another of these talentless kids making something and then adults acting like it's cool and making him feel good. Don't Assault me in the replies just because i have an opinion. Yes i do think it was cool he did all that with card board but i dislike how they act like its a big thing. This is MY OPINION DONT HARASS ME IN THE REPLIES JUST BECAUSE I HAVE AN OPINION, EVERYBODY HAS AN OPINION AND YOU ARE ENTILTED TO IT!!!!!!

  26. I remember watching this in School…

  27. I live in Australia and I wish I could go see it

  28. This makes me happy a great kid hope the best for the him

  29. I know a kid who built a drivable tank

  30. If u did not smile something is wrong with u

  31. We need a Where Are They Now for Caine contact h3h3 or something I wanna see where he is now

  32. He is really smart

  33. My school was expirer by you and we did arcade 😉 it was great I did a hockey table but I forgot to but a wall so it didn’t really work but it was really fun😁

  34. I saw a cat It was a stray dow

  35. He is 16 now I hope he is the ceo of David busters or chucks cheese

  36. This makes me happy

  37. OMG FINE ILL WATCH IT

    Edit: I don’t regret watching this thanks ya, thanks

  38. Anyone else in the school program SAGE cuz I am

  39. what the heck is this kid doing now? he just vanished from the internet

  40. He inspired me to make my own arcade!

  41. i cant believe this kid made this btw i think he is like 17 now.

  42. This kid is 15 years old now

  43. I thought this video was going to be sad but later when I started to watch more I’m like “this kid is really smart”

  44. Nirvan is a guy you want on YOUR team. LOVE this! Caine is going to need more tickets.

  45. Just realized this 7 years later, this man's teeth are fucked

  46. He sounds like forest gump

  47. The smile on his face when he saw all the people at his arcade made me cry

  48. This is what kids should be doing these days not sitting on the couch with their phones 24/7. Yes I know 2012 was kind of a different time but kid’s childhoods revolve around Fortnite and not going outside. It’s sad to see kids this way.

  49. How do you keep count of how much times you used the fun card

  50. I’ve seen this when I was a Kindergartener

  51. so happy for caine,becuase he made his childhood dream
    like if u agree😃

  52. No where near as good as Dave n busters

  53. 6:26 Read Cameltoad1 comment

  54. Ok YouTube, You Win… I Watched This

  55. I wish I can be there I’m in KY

  56. I love you cardboard arcade

  57. The guy is litterally 16 NOW

  58. This has been in my recommended for soooo looong, i finally decided to watch..

  59. I wish I played @ Caine’s Arcade, but I live in Tampa, Florida!

  60. I wonder what he is doing 8 years later

  61. Lets raid there next year he can’t entertain us all

  62. Man he’s probably all grown up now thinking he was dumb but he is a genius

  63. 😮, this kid really quite sweet! 1 like =1 customer! Cain, if you ever read this, you know you are an awesome kid, wish I could come down to #cainsarcad

  64. Now it’s probably a real arcade

  65. 9 year old: builds arcade with tickets

    Me: looking for my phone when it’s in in my hand

  66. How is the camera man in the car wearing AirPods in 2012?!?!

  67. 1like = 3 customers

  68. God dammit YouTube I watched it Ya happy now

  69. I wish I could be there I live in Arizona

  70. Who remember when this video came out?

  71. Wish i could have gone

  72. He made games out of card board and he made a card board claw machine

  73. THE CHECK MARK this kid made a security device out of a calculator protect him at all costs he's a genius

  74. get this man an award

  75. 3:27 had me dying 😂 😂

  76. I remember when I watched this in first grade, now I’m in ninth grade

  77. The kid called the square root button a check-mark button

  78. That’s so awesome I wish I could be there.

  79. Do they have cocaine? WHY!

  80. this is so wonderful, im so happy to see such amazing people in the world

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