People say non-digital games are dead. They clearly haven’t met Caine Monroy, the 9-year-old boy who singlehandedly created his own elaborate DIY Arcade out of cardboard, tape, and a can-do attitude. He ran the arcade out of his father’s used auto parts shop in east Los Angeles, charging a dollar for four plays. But for two dollars, customers could get their hands on the FUN PASS, worth a jaw-dropping 500 plays! (What a steal!)
But because walk-in customers are rare in the era of online shopping, Caine’s arcade didn’t get much business. That is, until filmmaker Nirvan Mullick entered the picture. With the help of online communities like Hidden LA and Reddit, Mullick set out to make Caine the happiest arcade-owner in the universe.
See what happens next:
Mullick has since set up a website to track the journey of Caine’s Arcade and a scholarship fund to help Caine attend college.
This is the kind of DIY creativity that we’d love to see every kid express!