Amazing 9yearold creates working cardboard arcade

first_imgLike most other 9-year old boys his age, Caine Monroy lives for the days when he and his family can make a trip to Shakey’s Pizza to scarf down a slice and play some exciting games. Where Caine differs from his peers is in the fact that he decided that he should have the ability to not only play games of skill and chance whenever he wants, but that everyone else should as well. While hanging out at his dad’s used auto parts store in East L.A., Caine decided he was going to build his very own working arcade out of that empty cardboard boxes that were lying around the shop. Before you dismiss this as a child’s pretend dreamworld, you need to watch the video — every one of Monroy’s cardboard creations actually work.This inventive young man spent months creating cardboard replicas of his favorite games at Shakey’s, such as a soccer shootout, basketball point scramble, and even a working claw game (creating using an S hook and string). He had asked his dad if he could buy a real claw game, but was encouraged to build one instead.After a lot of hard work and design, as well as creating his own t-shirt labeling him as the arcade’s lone staff member, Caine was set to open up to the public. Unfortunately, because of the industrial location of the auto parts store no one came to the grand opening. Caine didn’t lose hope though, he continued to sit at his creation on Saturdays and Sundays, hoping for a customer. Several weeks went by, and Caine’s Arcade became something of a joke to his family who were humoring his excitement. Then one day everything changed when filmmaker and animator Nirvan Mullick walked into the store looking for a door handle for his ’96 Corolla.Mullick was immediately enchanted by what he saw in front of him at Caine’s Arcade. He was amazed at the level of detail and thought that the boy had put into everything, including the elaborate “Fun Pass” system that he had created. To get four turns at the different games, Monroy was charging $1.00, but for just $2.00 a person could get a Fun Pass giving them 500 plays. Mullick bought the $2.00 pass and began to play the various games. To validate his fun pass, Monroy had bought and installed a series of calculators on each “machine.” On the back of each Fun Pass Monroy placed a unique number, which when punched into each calculator in addition to the check mark (square-root button) would give a much longer number that was also written on the back of the pass. While this isn’t exactly a secure validation system, the fact that Monroy even thought to include one is pretty impressive.After having a chat with Monroy’s father, Mullick was surprised to learn that he was the first customer Caine’s arcade had ever had. He simply couldn’t figure out why no one could see the genius behind the cardboard inventions. Deciding that something should be done about the situation, Mullick asked permission to make a short film about Caine and his arcade and to surprise him by bringing a ton of people in to try out the games by leveraging social media. Monroy’s father agreed, and the effort was on.Mullick went home and began posting on different social media networks about his find in East L.A., and made plans for a surprise flash-mob to come and patronize Caine’s Arcade. The effort quickly went viral with local news stations covering the effort, all without Caine knowing. The result, as you saw in the video above, was a few hundred eager people waiting to support the genius and vision of a very special little boy. You can’t help but to get emotional watching the outpouring of admiration and support as people played Caine’s games and won prizes.Mullick realized pretty quickly that his short-film about Caine’s Arcade was going to be something of an internet phenomenon, so he decided to setup a college fund for Monroy so that the boy could pursue his dreams of becoming an engineer and someday work with real arcade games. Right now almost $83,000 has been raised, which is an indicator to how awesome this story is.Read more at the Caine’s Arcade blog, via Nirvan Mullick’s Vimeo page.last_img

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