New Delhi: Kids clamouring to be taken to the local game parlour one comes across often- a little too often, if you may. But a 9-year-old who builds an elaborate, fully-functional arcade in the backyard of his father's spare auto parts store- and out of discarded cardboards at that- is a rare sight.
Meet Cain Monroy, a child from East Los Angeles, who built from scratch 'Cain's Arcade', a delightful world of gaming, which comes complete with handmade tokens, business cards, prizes and fun passes that, at two dollars each, get a player as many as 500 turns.
As impressive as the arcade is, what adds to the charm of the place is that it does not appear to have been built with any ambitious commercial interest in mind. As his father puts it, the idea was to keep his son busy doing what he enjoys to, allowing him to work in peace himself.
It was basically, as his father says, something that "kept him out of my hair".
Operating out of a quiet corner of suburban LA, the "open on weekends only" arcade first hit limelight when his first customer, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick, visited it almost by accident, and then decided to capture him in his element on camera and share the video on Vimeo and YouTube.
The 11-minute-long clipping has now gone viral. At the time of writing, the video had clocked 1,172,105 views on Youtube, and over a million clicks on Vimeo.
Take a tour through the beautiful, ingenious and heartwarming world of Cain Monroy. Warning? You might want to keep a box of tissues handy.