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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Caine's Arcade: A Nine-year-old boy's Cardboard Arcade

When a nine-year-old boy built an arcade made of cardboard boxes in his father’s auto parts store in east Los Angeles, he hoped for customers - but he had no idea that his dream would one day become a reality.

Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation collecting empty boxes used for shipping and creating an elaborate arcade, complete with prize displays, gifts bags, and a security system involving calculators.

The arcade grew to take up his father's whole store and included handmade soccer games, a claw machine he devised himself and built in hand-fed ticket dispensers.

‘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,’ his father George said.

‘He loves to see how things are built, he takes all his toys apart to see how they work, he can’t put them back together but he takes them apart.’

But the schoolboy’s chances of attracting customers to his intricate arcade were very slim, as his father’s store is in an industrial part of the city and has very little foot foot traffic.

That’s until filmmaker Nirwan Mullick walked in and wanted to have a go.

‘I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass,’ Mullick wrote on his website.

The animator began playing with Caine's handmade games and was shocked by the intricacies of each one and how similar they were to traditional arcade games.

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p/s: Faith in humanity, restored.

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