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.

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100 thoughts on “Caine’s Arcade”

  1. Daniel Jin says:

    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. That-one -guy says:

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

  3. Gayosso Handyman says:

    I hope his Arcade falls apart

  4. memeless boi vlogs says:

    The fun version of Einstein builds an arcade in a rocket

  5. Buntyie PUBG says:

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

  6. The American Flag says:

    Who else watched this in school

  7. AR Bros says:

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

  8. Sketch How to says:

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

  9. Dumbin theHouse says:

    Best dad ever.

  10. Pineapple Avakado says:

    the moment you see his teeth…

  11. Official Shadow says:

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

  12. ttv says:

    Can i come

  13. Sabi Tron says:

    ah the memories (2013 btw)

  14. More Duck fights says:

    I’m inspired

  15. Brett Croan says:

    That was soo inspireing

  16. Braven Hodson says:

    Just realized this is 2012

  17. Matsie says:

    I like that kid

  18. chase TRAN says:

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


  19. C.A and legos says:


  20. Mini Beckham says:

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

  21. Just Xbox says:

    Cringy music ruins everything

  22. noah olsen says:

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

  23. Rajan Rao says:

    No one:
    Not a soul:
    Not happing:

    Hippies: "We want to play!!!"

  24. Dirt Block says:

    Caines now 16 years old damn

  25. Brady Chen says:

    A act of kindness can make the world change

  26. dylamations says:

    this was way too wholesome

  27. The Xshox says:

    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

  28. Joshua Puckett says:

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

  29. Lucas Fly2010 says:

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

  30. TGSGAMER360 says:

    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!!!!!!

  31. Pumpkin GachaCutie says:

    I remember watching this in School…

  32. Caitlin Mathie says:

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

  33. jiggy memes says:

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

  34. TheCrusaderofYeet says:

    I know a kid who built a drivable tank

  35. Fresh MEMES says:

    If u did not smile something is wrong with u

  36. Your Best Friend says:

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

  37. Daily dose of Sports says:

    He is really smart

  38. BriBri_Playz says:

    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😁

  39. Joszef Johnson says:

    I saw a cat It was a stray dow

  40. Space Speedy says:

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

  41. Sam Sam II says:

    This makes me happy

  42. Sam Sam II says:

    It made my day

  43. Krypt1cCh4z says:


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

  44. Chomper Stompers says:

    Anyone else in the school program SAGE cuz I am

  45. xxBlade says:

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

  46. Thunderbolt says:

    He inspired me to make my own arcade!

  47. Jonathan Liakopoulos says:

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

  48. F.B.I. says:

    This kid is 15 years old now

  49. PHANTXZ EG says:

    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”

  50. Hong Yu says:

    He 19 now

  51. Robin Scarrell says:

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

  52. CK1M says:

    love this vid


    WAN bee i did

  54. Kirbro Edits says:

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

  55. HYPER says:

    He sounds like forest gump

  56. Billybob Junior says:

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

  57. Dr. Wario says:

    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.

  58. Andrew THE NUB says:

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

  59. dave says:

    I’ve seen this when I was a Kindergartener

  60. Fabian Tortolero says:

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

  61. Bonus Johan says:

    No where near as good as Dave n busters

  62. Nathan Wang says:

    6:26 Read Cameltoad1 comment

  63. RAGING GAMER 3060 says:


  64. CrossyRohit says:

    Ok YouTube, You Win… I Watched This

  65. Craver 2.0 says:

    I wish I can be there I’m in KY

  66. Jillian Fawver says:

    I love you cardboard arcade

  67. Warbling Hail says:

    This is cool

  68. Beat says:

    The guy is litterally 16 NOW

  69. Kristian Adlianitski says:

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

  70. Guest says:

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

  71. Bige Stephens says:

    I wonder what he is doing 8 years later

  72. rip slyz says:

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

  73. rip slyz says:

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

  74. Richard Muhammed says:

    That is fake👎

  75. Patriots fan 11 says:

    Caiden is awsome

  76. A Thousand Open Doors says:

    😮, 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

  77. Jazzops says:

    Now it’s probably a real arcade

  78. Astro- Phoenix says:

    9 year old: builds arcade with tickets

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

  79. Callaghan Firth says:

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

  80. ANDREW GROSS says:

    That’s so COOL!

  81. Bot Bot says:

    1like = 3 customers

  82. BladezZ says:

    God dammit YouTube I watched it Ya happy now

  83. Alex The Gacha Demon says:

    I wish I could be there I live in Arizona

  84. Wolf_Spider 440 says:

    Made my day

  85. Cloudz says:

    Who remember when this video came out?

  86. Muffin Man says:

    Wish i could have gone

  87. Dylan Plays says:

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

  88. elPatrixF says:

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

  89. Miles Bowser says:

    get this man an award

  90. NotQndrew says:

    3:27 had me dying 😂 😂

  91. mlhieh says:

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

  92. Turtle Shell says:

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

  93. Weirdpants 726 says:

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

  94. Shane Toony says:

    I want to play

  95. Ginger poetry says:

    Do they have cocaine? WHY!

  96. Toxic doc Main says:


  97. Ayy lmao says:

    Ayy lmao

  98. Xxdelta16 says:

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

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