The Inspirational Story Of Caine's Cardboard Arcade

April 10, 2012


This is the heartwarming story of a 9-year old boy who made a whole series of arcade games out of cardboard and set them up in his dad's east L.A. used auto parts shop. The games even dispense tickets (read: he crawls in the back of the box and pushes them through a slot), which can be redeemed for prizes. It's a real feel-good story. One of hope. One of people BELIEVING in you. One that will undoubtedly be ruined by trolls.

Hit the jump for ten minutes of maybe this world isn't such a giant shithole after all. *steps in gum* I'M NUKING THIS F***ING PLANET.

Caine's Arcade Official Site
A Kid's Cardboard Arcade is the Most Beautiful Thing You'll See Today [kotaku]

Thanks to bb, who loves a good feel good story. Me? I love any story with dragons.

  • Darksaga

    Where were people when I did this kinda stuff. I just got beat and was told to stop being stupid..... Ok kidding but this is pretty cool. Good for him.

  • Cool an arcade how swee-WHAT NO MISSILE COMMAND??? 

  • Guest

    That is a sweet story. Imagination is quite a powerful tool. :D

  • I cried.

  • damn I only have $1.99

  • 9 year old entrepreneur ! Genius

  • Armando Camero

    ooh man, I see myself.. I used to do this same thing, only in my room and using old stuff around the house :')

  • Shaun9lives


  • This kid is one of my heroes right now.

  • Josh Allen Allen

    i hope he opens up a arcade when he grows up i will go travel down there to play

  • This kid is beyond epic.

  • T_Eye

    What can I get with $5

  • Boyofbattle

    Fucking magical 

  • Kate

    ....I wanna play!

  • mike


  • No,actually I clicked on your facebook page and you seem lame. So don´t hate

  • Spencer Rogers-Greason

    Seriously? God damn, you people are so jaded and dead inside now a days, it's incredible.

    I bet someone could actually transmutate lead into gold, and there'd be people calling that lame. Just....god damn.

    This was an awesome story. I would've gone myself if I didn't live in Canada.

  • Mr. Roboto

    I DO want to live on this planet any more!

  • GirlFromSpace

    HEck yes to all of this!

  • Emmitt Morgans

    What? The fact that some kid was so bored he made arcade games out of cardboard boxes and packing tape has made you not want to kill yourself?

    I don't quite know what to say to that...

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