My name is Caine. I'm nine years old. My arcade is called Caine's Arcade. It's open on weekends only. And it's really cheap!
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 them 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 a lot of boxes back there. We ship parts out. So I cut them up and make my arcade games out of it. The first game I made, the basketball hoop I got at Shakey's Pizza...and it's really cool.
He taped it on to a box, and he was offering people chances to play for like a nickel. He started from that little game, and little by little they started getting fancier and fancier. And eventually it took over the whole store.
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. He was like, "For one dollar you get four turns, but for two dollars you get a Fun Pass." "Well, how many turns you get with a Fun Pass?" "You get five hundred turns with your Fun Pass." I got a Fun Pass.
I made this Fun Pass expire in one month, and you get five hundred plays on any of these games, a great deal. I started making my office. It has like a speaker. On the other side I can talk through. I got tokens, my business card, Fun Passes and prizes. First prizes: I used my own toys, like the cars. Those are my own toys. I used to like Hot Wheels when I was little.
我把歡樂暢遊券的有效期限定為一個月，而你有五百次機會玩任何這些遊戲－－非常划算。我開始設立我的辦公室。有個像是對講機的東西。我在另一邊時可以通話。 我有代幣、我的名片、歡樂暢遊券和獎品。頭獎：我用的是自己的玩具，像是玩具車。那些都是我自己的玩具。我小時候喜歡Hot Wheels的車子。
I worked from the back office, and it kept him out of my hair all summer. He would work on the arcade. I'd work on eBay.
The next game I built was a soccer game. First of all, it did have no goalies. People said it was too easy. So I bought army goalies. They were like blockers. I tell them, "Is it easy now?" It's pretty hard. So you get two 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 wanna buy a claw machine." I said, "Why don't you just build it?" So he's got an 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."
有一天，Caine 跟我說：「爸，我想買一個夾娃娃機。」我說：「你何不自己做呢？」所以他拿了一個S形鉤子，綁了一條紗線在上面，接著在紙箱上弄了條小軌道。然後我說：「怎麼會這樣？ 他竟然想出了如何用一條線和鉤子做出夾娃娃機的辦法。」
Here're some sunglasses. These are the glasses I like the most: star sunglasses.
He bought calculators to put on every arcade game. And I was like, "What's that for?"
The calculators are here for security to see if it's a real Fun Pass or not. On the back, the Fun Pass has a security number. So when you go here, you have to turn it on and 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 from 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 the 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 out, 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've got my own arcade!" And they're like, "Yeah, yeah. Sure."
When one day, my secretary comes running into the office, "George, you'll never believe it. Somebody's playing Caine's arcade." And I was going, "No way!" So I was looking through the security camera, watching them.
I'm playing like miniature soccer, miniature basketball. And then when you score a point, he would crawl into the box, and he pulls out these little tickets out on the side of the cardboard. Like real arcade games, tickets come from the bottom. And I was like, "This kid's 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, because 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 of customers?" And I said, "That will make his day. If you can get him one customer, he'll be happy."
And at that point, we hashed a plan to invite everybody in LA to come play at Caine's Arcade. The idea was to do a surprise flashmob of Caine's Arcade on Sunday afternoon. I was like, "Who's gonna come down to a junk yard, Sunday afternoon in Easy LA?" "Who's really gonna show up?" So then I made a little facebook event which a friend posted on HiddenLA, which has over two hundred and thirty thousand fans. And all of a sudden, it just started going viral.
Nirvan put it on 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 live in New York." "I wish I can be there. I live in Europe." And then I was going, "Wow, it was getting big."
The plan is I'm gonna take Caine to Shakey's Pizza. We'll play some arcade games. We're gonna eat lunch while Nirvan sets up a big surprise party. Caine has no idea what we're doing, and when we get back, he's got 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's dying to have one customer show up to his arcade. So Caine's gonna be the most surprised little boy in the whole wide world.
Hey, we're ready. In about a minute, he's gonna arrive here. Hey Caine, can we go home early today? We have no customers today. No! No? Come on! Dad's tired. No can do! No can do?
We're back, Caine. Wow! What's going on over here? Haha... Huh? We've finally got some customers here. We came to play! We came to play! We came to play! We came to play!
Hi everybody, this is Caine. Hi, Caine! Caine, this is everybody. All these people came here to play your arcade. Did you know they are coming? No! Are you ready to run your arcade? Yeah! Alright, what you guys come here to do? We came to play! Good. Welcome to Caine's Arcade then.
Well, "C" could be for Cardboard, and the "A" could be for Arcade.
But the "A" could also be for Auto Parts, because it's his Pop's shop's where it's made.
And the "I" is gotta be for Imagination of which this kid's got a lot.
And the "N" ought to be for Noggin where the ideas first got thought.
But then the "E", (Oh yes the "E"!) Oh yes the "E", (Oh yes the "E"!)
Well, the "E" is gotta be for Everybody! (That's you and me!)
Because Everybody is who's invited to come on down to play.
If you've 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 y'all come on down to play.
If you've got the pluck to try your luck, come on down to Caine's Arcade.
First of all, I wanna know how you got all these people. Are those your friends? So I came back and I was like, "Is this real life, or was I just dreaming?" So I came out and there were real people like...in real life...like they were really playing the games. And then when I was coming back, I saw a lot of people, and I was like, "I don't know." It's probably like a little parade around here somewhere. They're all saying they were all like that, when I was right here. I was... So I thought they were cheering for me. And they were. And I was proud.