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'Caine's Arcade' short film raises $136k for college fund, inspires kids across the globe

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A DIY arcade paves Caine's way to college

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"Caine's Arcade," a documentary about 9-year-old Caine Monroy's gallery of homemade, cardboard games, has officially gone viral, pulling in over $135,000 in donations for Caine's college fund.

"Caine's Arcade," a documentary about 9-year-old Caine Monroy's gallery of homemade, cardboard games, has officially gone viral, pulling in over $136,000 in donations for Caine's college fund.

The video, which first made its rounds at various film festivals last October before being released on the web earlier this week, has been picked up by a number of mainstream news outlets, including ABC, NBC Nightly News and Good Morning America. It also made it onto Oprah's Facebook page, which might just be the largest information distribution channel on the planet.

A ChipIn widget on the film's official website has completely blown past its original goal of $25,000 — and then again past its revised goal of $100,000. It's wonderful that a summer project is helping pave the way for Caine's higher education, but that's just one part of what makes this story so heartwarming. Caine's Arcade's Facebook page is starting to fill up with pictures of cardboard games made by kids across the globe. That, friends, is worth getting misty-eyed over.