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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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8:00 PM on 03.30.2012

How's your baby-throwing arm? Offspring Fling is out

To all would-be parents, how prepared are you for the big day? You could probably stand to brush up on some important child-raising skills. For instance, how far can you toss a baby? You'll never know when you'll need to chuc...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 03.22.2012

Coming soon: A Companion Cube / mutant duck thing

The other week, threeA Toys announced a partnership for a series of goodies based on Valve properties. As a refresher, threeA has made some pretty sick stuff in the past, like that $400+ Metal Gear Rex figurine. The company w...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 02.15.2012

Cute bobbles of Street Fighter stars and SFxT producers

This year marks the Street Fighter franchise's 25th anniversary. Capcom has several plans for this grand celebration, not the least which is the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken. Another plan is a team-up with toy maker Multi...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 02.10.2012

Zero Suit Samus enjoys her downtime in upcoming art book

Last summer, artist Chris Furniss posted a piece of Samus art a day for a whole month, depicting ol' Sammy out of her armor and enjoying her day-to-day activities when she's not out patrolling the galaxy. It's a candid glimps...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 02.09.2012

Low-poly Mass Effect CG models are massively adorable

Do you guys remember how, in Final Fantasy VII, the character models during battles were tall, lean, and fairly well-proportioned, whereas the character models on the overworld map were short, plump, and super-deformed? It wa...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 02.02.2012

100-year-old lady rocks the Nintendo DS

You go, granny! Kit Connell is 100 years old -- at that age, it's fairly likely that your mind will start to fade. Kit isn't having any of that, so she stays sharp by playing on a Nintendo DS that her daughter bought for her...

Tony Ponce

4:30 PM on 02.02.2012

Offspring Fling is all about throwing babies

Do you guys remember playing Depict1 on Newgrounds? It was a puzzle platformer that fed you inaccurate instructions, so you had to ignore those directions in order to clear the game. It was made by indie developer Kyle Pulve...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 01.11.2012

Cave Story maker releases iOS game about saving(?) seals

Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, the creator of everyone's favorite freeware-turned-paid-game Cave Story, has just released his first title on the App Store. Azarashi, an updated version of a quickie time-waster he made over a decade a...

Tony Ponce





10:00 PM on 01.06.2012

Cute Mega Man copycat Rokko Chan gets OST and art book

Last week, I shared Rokko Chan, a most adorable Mega Man clone that swapped the Blue Bomber for the Blue Bombette. It's a great game in its own right, sporting the same high polish, incredible pixel art, and catchy jams as it...

Tony Ponce