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5:00 PM on 08.17.2012

The Japanese will buy the crap out of this Pikachu 3DS XL

Japan and its five bazillion handheld models. What do Sony and Nintendo expect people to do with so many multi-colored devices? Build a rainbow fort? The 3DS XL (3DS LL to the Nihon-jin) was only released two weeks ago in Jap...

Tony Ponce

7:00 AM on 07.15.2012

SDCC: Hello Kitty also going plushie with Street Fighter

At the last San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom announced a partnership with Sanrio to dress Hello Kitty in all kinds of Street Fighter getups. It's a grand collaboration spanning multiple pieces of merch, but I'm surprised it took t...

Tony Ponce





8:30 PM on 07.12.2012

brentalfloss' adorable nephew is the perfect Little Nemo

It's about time that brentalfloss lyric-afied the amazing slumber jams of Little Nemo: The Dream Master. He goes the distance for this number by dressing up as a priest and recruiting a joyous gospel choir. His sacrilege is ...

Tony Ponce

3:30 PM on 07.12.2012

Hello Kitty Sonic plush is just too gosh-darn cute

Everybody with me now: D'AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! Sega has teamed up with the purveyor of all things cute, Sanrio, and the result is a Sonic X Hello Kitty plush to be released at the Joypolis amusement center in Tokyo later this m...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 07.09.2012

New Naruto SD game by the makers of Mega Man Zero

I've only been half paying attention to the licensed anime titles coming out of Japan lately. I mean, after hearing about the 1000th Dragon Ball Z iteration, it's quite easy to lose interest. But this new Naruto game for 3DS...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 06.24.2012

Minecraft wedding is totes adorbs

At last year's MineCon, Minecraft creator Notch helped this dude Matt propose to his girlfriend Asia. Fast forward to April, the couple tied the knot in a room decorated to look like Minecraft's digital realm. The ceremony w...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 06.18.2012

Awesome father paints Zelda mural on kid's walls

If you are a deadbeat dad, go f*ck yourself. Seriously, you've got this little, impressionable person who looks up to you like you are the center of the damn universe, and you're NOT going to do everything in your power to m...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 06.14.2012

Time Cowboy art will make you feel feelings and stuff

Those pesky "emotions." How dare videogames make me feel things! How dare artists like Zac Gorman and Matthew Taranto remind me that videogames make me feel things! You can add Aussie illustrator Jake Lawrence to that the lis...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 06.13.2012

I'm sad because I wasn't sent a plush Sega Genesis

Is it possible for cold, hard videogame technology to be loveable and sweet? What do you think, Beemo? I curse the powers that be every night that my Game Boy doesn't sprout legs, go to soccer practice, and make fart sounds w...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 06.13.2012

Adorable Dragon Quest X plushies bundled with item codes

Plushies are cute and soft and huggable, but when was the last time one was actually useful? When has a plushie graduated from mere decorative artifact? When has a plushie saved your life!? These new Dragon Quest X stuffed cr...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 06.01.2012

This Dragon Quest keyboard is daww'some

I'm not usually keen on posting novelty hardware, but I must admit, I have a deep weakness for Dragon Quest's slimes. As a result, I found this Dragon Quest X-flavored keyboard from Hori too awesome to resist! There's a lot o...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 05.28.2012

The perfect evening attire for your Baby Blue Bomber

Gamer parents who were born in the 70s and 80s are continuously discovering new ways to introduce their offspring to the hobby. Best to hook 'em while they're young, I always say! And what better way to instill an affinity fo...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 05.12.2012

Cute Mega Man and Link custom vinyl figs make me giggle

Who doesn't love a good vinyl figurine? Something nice and sturdy that can sit upon your desk or nightstand. Maybe strategically arrange a few of those Castle Crashers knights to defend your dresser from invading sugar ants. ...

Tony Ponce





12:00 PM on 04.29.2012

D'awwww! Someone made a Mr. Destructoid shoulder bag!

The best part about Destructoid (aside from the copious amounts of coke and groupies) is all you people. The second best part (again, excluding the sex and drugs) is that we have a green robot as our mascot. Does Joystiq have...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 04.23.2012

This five-year-old Mega Man fan ought to be Capcom's prez

News came out this weekend that Reika Morishita, the vocalist of the Rockman DASH (Mega Man Legends) opening and ending songs, will be repackaging her MML tunes, and should the album sell 20,000 copies, Capcom might be persu...

Tony Ponce



Caine's Arcade, the arcade built entirely by a 9-year-old photo
Caine's Arcade, the arcade built entirely by a 9-year-old
by Tony Ponce

Despite my rough attitude and general snarkiness, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for kids. For this reason, I nearly fell apart a few minutes into this short film about Caine's Arcade.

Caine Monroy is a nine-year-old boy living in Los Angeles who constructed his own makeshift arcade in his father's auto parts store during the summer. Using empty cardboard boxes and various bits of scrap, he was able to build working versions of a claw game, a free throw basketball machine, and more. When you score points, Caine crawls behind the boxes and feeds tickets through a little slit, then you can use these tickets to grab toys from the prize wall, all from his personal collection. The level of ingenuity exhibited by this kid is beyond unreal.

Unfortunately, Caine's Arcade never got much business, not until his very first customer, Nirvan Mullick, decided to plan a big surprise for Caine. Nirvan arranged a giant flash mob to visit the arcade one day in October and surprise the young entrepreneur, then the entire effort was turned into a mini documentary. The film has been screened in various locations over the past few months, but it's only been uploaded online a couple days ago. Believe me, this 11-minute video is worth your time.

Know what's also worth your time? Donating to Caine's college fund. Already, over $75,000 has been raised! This is a much better cause than yet another indie game on Kickstarter, wouldn't you say?

Caine's Arcade [via Flixist]

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