How to Beat a Crane Game

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Science

Use science to get yourself a stuffed animal at the arcade.
There are 104 comments:
Female 132
The same thing also works for slot machiens*! TRUST me. I had a friend who tried it! Now you can`t say THAT`S useless info can ya?
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Female 46
That is so awesome! i will definatly use it!
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Male 946
``Turning the machine upside down works too.``
how dya work that out? if ya turned it upside down, they`d jus get stuck at the top pfffft
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Female 6
I wouldn`t really want to do this kind of "research" either just to win one of those things.

I thought this would be something about how you grab the toy.

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Male 220
JUST A MINOR DRAW BACK WE CANT DO THAT
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Male 220
NO SOUND
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Male 738
If you`ve got 4 hours of free time at the arcade, and a vendetta against claw machines, go for it.
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Male 51
Lol, not bad. I might use some of those techniques... I have noticed the claw coming loose though....Stupid money-takers lol
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Male 438
i have alergies
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Female 30
Bad acting ! I am going to use this, definately. No wonder I have never won anything in those dumb boxes of hell. :D
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Male 40,349
I never knew it was fixed like that.
It sux! Talk about messing with people`s minds.
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Female 141
yep i knew they were rigged, thats why i stick to 2p machines! But then i found out about how 2p machines rob you, tut tut.

OMG brainiac!

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Female 15
I once spent like ten dollars trying to win a rubber duck (They didn`t sell them in stores and it was modeled after a basbeall player I liked)

Never did get that damn duck..as the claws would close over the string thing. (It was in a box) and then pull loose.

I later found the duck online.

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Female 117
ive watched this before its on brainiac
my fave is doctor bunheads ices lol
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Male 109
zomg, i am so doing this!
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Male 1,386
yay beating the system!!!1 and lol at that guy, he was so happy at the end "yeeesssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Male 2,567
:/
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Male 870
What`s it even supposed to mean that the machine is programmed to decide when the winner is? They said there`s a separate control for claw strength, so what`s the first control about?
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Female 280
aha, that`s cool
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Male 2,519
Headlines: People spotted gathering around a crane machine for hours, waiting for one another to be the next victim.
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Female 24
hmm.
could be useful information.
or could be crap.
never know,
because i am not going to wait around a machine for 5 hours waiting. :/
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Female 1,492
that my friend`s is a waste of time
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Male 108
its not really the toy you want, its the satisfaction of beating that dang evil machine! lol
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Female 99
pssshhhh im not gonna wait around forever just to win a stuffed animal... I`ll just blow all my money until i win sumthing! =D
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Male 144
stand there for an hour just to pay to get a stuffed toy? I`d rather not.
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Female 2,084
who has that much time?
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Male 938
this is interesting but i think the little yellow box is changed about every once a month now so the buisnesses wont lose as much money, tho its just a short thought to tell...
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Female 81
yea cuz that crappy toy was well worth the time he had to sit there and count the wins...???
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Female 93
i used to always do this when i was younger and ive probably won about 10 things in all. almost everytime i won something in cici`s the workers came up to me and congratulated me....
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Male 146
i`m glad my girlfriend doens`t like stuff like that, moneywasting machine is what it is
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Male 632
Whatever. The money you pay out is not worth the prize anyways.
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Male 810
BRANIAC! A clip from Braniac! Hooray!!
although i haven`t watched the show in forever.. it used to be my fav.

BUT, i dunno, what if the people who use the machine that you`re watching are just... idiots? that would mess it all up

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Male 99
..And justKatrina, the strategy is NOT opening the box. It`s finding the win pattern, as well as finding a toy you can reach and hold without a great deal of grip.
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Male 302
Next time I go to the arcade, that machine is going to be the first thing I go to.
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Male 99
I shall never lose at the Crane Game ever again!

Unfortunately I never PLAY the crane game...

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Male 1,003
Well, if you didn`t know how these machines were set up. You`re an idiot. They won`t put some kind of artificial brain on the machine to tell it who`s going to win. They have to have a pattern. I`ve played many times, never won a thing. It has to have a pattern because there is no other way to win? If it was about strategy, anyone with experience would get all the stuffed animals, sell them, and get rich, then there wouldn`t be any point of having them. They have to make a profit and that`s the only way to do that, even if you win, or not. They don`t care. They`re still making money.
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Female 159
"We don`t have those were I`m at... it`s just the playstick, the big red button, andslot for the money. No tighening grip button... I hate those machines badly"

That`s not what they mean... in the yellow box there`s one of those tightening grib knobs, on all claw grabby machines there`s only the playstick and button

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Female 159
I`m so using this the next time I go to Las Vegas, in New York New York`s arcade there`s this claw machine with GIANT toy`s, although it will cost me a toonie, I think that it`s worth it :D
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Female 1,007
I thought it was gonna be some technique anyone could use... I`d get f*cking kicked out for opening it.
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Male 114
I love the claw grabbers, I`m have good luck at it. It`s how I got my Greymon plush doll a couple years back.

It even reminds me of the futurama episode when they`re on the theme park on the moon. We`re whalers on the moon, we carry our harpoons...

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Male 268
my life is fulfilled!!
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Female 97
Brainiac actually rues! doesn`t it?
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Female 583
Haha!I love Braniac!
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Female 920
We don`t have those were I`m at... it`s just the playstick, the big red button, andslot for the money. No tighening grip button... I hate those machines badly
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Female 266
When they took out the box I`m like "oh no . . . this is gonna be someting nobody can do, hey`re just trying to prove, that it`s POSSIBLE to figure out a way . . "
and that wasnt too bad
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Male 4,393
very good but it take too long

and i like brainiacs on G4 :P!!

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Male 50
great! my girlfriend loves that crap!
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Male 280
Uggg... I wish I had a place to use that idea. My dumass town doesnt have an Arcade! I HATE YOU!!!!
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Male 1,866
Wait, if they`re rigged like that, shouldn`t they be illegal?
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Male 239
I probably wouldn`t record all of the grab wins and loses just to get a stuffed spongebob wearing a santa hat or something. But if theres a big line and people are going fast I might wanna try this.
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Female 2,552
Seems like a lot of work, but I`ll play the normal way anyway :]
Play, way, way..?
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Male 24
leave it to the Brainiacs to find out something cool.
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Male 99
i have gotten good at those machines, its all about position and size of the toy, dont always go for the best positioned one, look for the smallest :P
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Male 189
I once won this huge teddy bear in Liseberg, took my like 10 tries [at least very many].

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Female 17
or you could just be like that one kid and climb into the machine to get it,,, good luck getting out though!
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Female 169
Thats weird, I once won two things in four tries...maybe the machines yellow box was busted?
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Female 222
AHA! Many a trip to the arcade have I been p.o`d by those darn machines- and now I know how to WIN one of those little stuffed animals!
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Female 83
)-| Spiffy yellow shirts. :-D
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Male 1,364
thats cool but i dont think its worth standing there for an hour recording who won or who lost just for a stuffed animal
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Female 1,065
I gotta do this someday o_o I`ve always hated those freaking machines, I never win >>
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Female 172
wow he just loved that lil dog didnt he?
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Female 257
You don`t always have to grab it.
You know those little (golden) strings that many small stuffed animals have on their heads?
The only time I played this when I was little, it didn`t grab one but when the handle was automatically going back to its original position, the string on one got hooked on it and I got the teddy :)
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Female 83
)-| Spiffy yellow shirts. :-D
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Male 572
this was shown on tv like a year ago
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Male 139
I work at a place with an arcade and it`s not just the claw machines that are set up like this. Almost every machine that gives out tickets lets the owner decide when the machine pays out. It is possible to win before the set payout, but it`s very, very rare.
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Female 533
smart people....good idea.
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Male 213
I never knew that it sets so that it is only strong on intervals. I figured it just was always too weak.
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Male 2,605
jvcc has it right.
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Male 1,217
HOW CHEAP!!!
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Female 354
For everyone who thinks doing this is a waste of time, it`s not about the prize. It`s about finally triumphing over those stupid machines.

Very interesting.

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Male 561
Brainiac is a f-ing awesome show
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Female 215
I thought it would be cooler than that. I only know of one of those in my town and I`ve seen someone use it once. He dropped like fifty dollars, for a doll. But yeah I`d have to sit there for a month befor I could win one.
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Female 1,944
thats pretty cool but most of those toys are crap
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Male 69
I had seen this before, and tried it: it actually allows you to win the game. Those jerks and their "probability" engines, I just want a stuffed animal.
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Female 20
I really need to get myself one of those hot yellow shirts.
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Male 64
Reminds me of the kid who got stuck in the machine.
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Male 1,092
Meh, i`ve known that for ages
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Female 177
Omg hehe its braniac! The best show going! I guess I watch it more than for how funni it is (The presenter Richard Hammond is sooo fine! Lol i have the BIGGEST crush on him!) More braniciac!
(N boo for the fact that hamster aint th present any more. Dam accident :( )
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Male 6
I was expecting something cool rather than lurking :(, I think a better way than doing this is to have a few goes with staff about, and later on banter with them. Express your disappointment at not getting they toy and they will be more than happy to open it and get one or two for you.
Sadly in my experience I`ve noticed it only really works for women.
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Male 988
lol cool bulldog!

those other people were other Brainiacs btw, i noticed some.

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Male 170
Yehaw I`ve seen that episode on G4. I pwnt one of those machines due to it.
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Female 2,244
That`s a lot of work for a 10 cent stuffed animal made in Taiwan!
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Male 52
Very Interesting! }-)
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Male 731
i knew it!
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Male 651
it`s not about the stuffed toy, it`s about the tenner stuck on the back of it!
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Female 236
Oh I love this program. :D It`s Brainiac. They spend most of their time blowing up microwaves and caravans. This particular clip was actually on TV the other day as well.

Also,
"Kinda seems obvious"
No amount of witty phrases will make you sound intelligent. That video proves how complicated it is.

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Female 81
I always knew they were rigged!
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Female 422
kinda seems obvious.
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Male 407
Bah, it`s easier to just grab a set of keys from the manufacturer (they`re usually all the same) and just open the damn thing up. Sure it`s illegal, but you`ve got a 100% chance of getting something, a stuffed animal, a psp, jailtime.
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Male 405
i never new they rigged it like that, what bastards
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Female 91
i never knew they actually controlled who basically won or not. i feel for violated. but i will still play them for the time i actually get something. woo.
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Female 5
Gwall, I agree, I don`t think it`s all about the yellow box. I won 57 stuffed animals in one day before I was banned from the store and that was after they changed the settings. I`ve also won several times a row on other machines. It may have something to do with it, but it`s definately strategy too.
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Male 645
I like the ones at wal-mart that have the psp`s and mp3 players in them. ;-/
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Female 7
Thank you, nerds!
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Female 208
Slaine, jewelry is VERY hard to get from a claw machine, good luck.
And yes, of course you can buy a stuff toy, but it is so much better to win one. I personally like to go for the ones like the Looney tunes, care bears, Simpsons, etc.I have a whole bunch of them, too. And those machines are not set up to where you win one at a time, I have won more then once on a lot of those claw machines

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Male 61
Another way to do it is to not play the crap game and just go buy a damned stuffed animal...
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Male 1,866
Bah, i won`t wait around for 3 hours for a stupid stuffed animal worth $3....what the hell is the point, it`s such a waste. there HAS to be a better way to win!

hm, i never actually knew it was rigged like that though... damn capitalist pigs!

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Male 30
I own those machines... I have a giant 42" TV box full of useless stuffed animals I have won over the years... I don`t think it is all about that yellow box
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Male 888
I hadn`t known about the scammer`s box, I thought I could just do as Spongebob does and close my eyes to win.
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Male 1,496
Wow does any one want one of those dollar store quality plush toys that badly?
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Female 301
Turning the machine upside down works too.
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Female 560
great idea im going to do this at funfactory
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Male 391
Very helpful! I`m definately gonna use this at my Wal-mart. there`s this pocket watch that I`ve been eyeing for quite some time!
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Male 10,115
Link: How to Beat a Crane Game [Rate Link] - Use science to get yourself a stuffed animal at the arcade.
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