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'Caine's Arcade 2' is back to tug at your heartstrings

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$100k would buy a ton of cardboard

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Caine's Arcade, the cardboard-and-tape creation of then nine-year-old Caine Monroy, inspired a global competition for do-it-yourself game creators after becoming the subject of a web documentary from filmmaker Nirvan Mullick.

Caine's Arcade, the cardboard-and-tape creation of then nine-year-old Caine Monroy, inspired a global competition for do-it-yourself game creators after becoming the subject of a web documentary from filmmaker Nirvan Mullick.

The heartwarming aftermath of the film's release and resulting mainstream attention is captured in Caine's Arcade 2, which was uploaded to YouTube this past weekend. After making it onto national MSNBC and ABC News broadcasts — not to mention the front page of Reddit — the original film raised over $100,000 to pay for Caine's college education. It also inspired the creation of the Imagination Foundation, an organization designed to "find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids."

The Foundation's first effort was a school pilot program, which got over 100 schools in nine countries to host an arcade-building workshop, teaching its pupils the principles of physics, math, and science. Its second event is already underway: The Global Cardboard Challenge, which tasks people of all ages to stretch their creativity and create whatever they want out of cardboard. Those creations will be showcased at events across the globe on October 6th; interested parties can find the nearest event (or host one) on the Imagination Foundation's official site.

Check out the full, eight-minute video of Caine's Arcade 2 below.