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Date: 01/03/07 02:14 AM

104 Responses to How to Beat a Crane Game

  1. Profile photo of buddy
    buddy Male 30-39
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    January 2, 2007 at 11:20 pm
    Link: How to Beat a Crane Game - Use science to get yourself a stuffed animal at the arcade.
  2. Profile photo of slaine
    slaine Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:21 am
    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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    r-chill Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:30 am
    great idea im going to do this at funfactory
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    PlatinumKate Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:38 am
    Turning the machine upside down works too.
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    -NeonCarrot- Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:45 am
    Wow does any one want one of those dollar store quality plush toys that badly?
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    DMDekoth Male 70 & Over
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:07 am
    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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    GWall1 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:27 am
    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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    shizzaster Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:53 am
    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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    ColdChaos Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:58 am
    Another way to do it is to not play the crap game and just go buy a damned stuffed animal...
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    missaquafina Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:27 am
    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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    dwimmerlaik Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:42 am
    Thank you, nerds!
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    T3h-Wraith Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 5:42 am
    I like the ones at wal-mart that have the psp`s and mp3 players in them. ;-/
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    timmiesgirl Female 30-39
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    January 3, 2007 at 5:59 am
    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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    ch1ky Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:02 am
    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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    TruJuggalo Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:08 am
    i never new they rigged it like that, what bastards
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    Rammstein221 Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:12 am
    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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    canaryellow Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:16 am
    kinda seems obvious.
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    newgurl50112 Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:44 am
    I always knew they were rigged!
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    engelbert Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:03 am
    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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    MagicPaul Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:29 am
    it`s not about the stuffed toy, it`s about the tenner stuck on the back of it!
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    Galileo53 Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 8:17 am
    i knew it!
  22. Profile photo of gillbates
    gillbates Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 8:42 am
    Very Interesting! }-)
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    KikiPeepers Female 30-39
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    January 3, 2007 at 9:18 am
    That`s a lot of work for a 10 cent stuffed animal made in Taiwan!
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    Nuke555 Male 30-39
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    January 3, 2007 at 9:22 am
    Yehaw I`ve seen that episode on G4. I pwnt one of those machines due to it.
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    JAXLEY Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 10:12 am
    lol cool bulldog!

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

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    turkey2000 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 10:31 am
    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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    Bekka-Babe Female 13-17
    177 posts
    January 3, 2007 at 11:12 am
    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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    Bennyd Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 11:24 am
    Meh, i`ve known that for ages
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    Moop_stick Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 11:27 am
    Reminds me of the kid who got stuck in the machine.
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    CynicOnCall Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 12:04 pm
    I really need to get myself one of those hot yellow shirts.
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    thrash56 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 12:06 pm
    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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    misscutieroo Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm
    thats pretty cool but most of those toys are crap
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    IHeartJesus Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm
    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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    STARTSOMETIN Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 12:59 pm
    Brainiac is a f-ing awesome show
  35. Profile photo of jvcc
    jvcc Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 1:08 pm
    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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    maples Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 1:18 pm
    HOW CHEAP!!!
  37. Profile photo of Overmann
    Overmann Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 1:46 pm
    jvcc has it right.
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    LPAkira Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 1:46 pm
    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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    TokenBabe Female 30-39
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:03 pm
    smart people....good idea.
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    cdubb4201 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm
    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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    wales4eva Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 2:40 pm
    this was shown on tv like a year ago
  42. Profile photo of Kfizzle08
    Kfizzle08 Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:00 pm
    )-| Spiffy yellow shirts. :-D
  43. Profile photo of lunani
    lunani Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:15 pm
    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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    IrishRose12 Female 18-29
    172 posts
    January 3, 2007 at 3:15 pm
    wow he just loved that lil dog didnt he?
  45. Profile photo of HaruHaru
    HaruHaru Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:15 pm
    I gotta do this someday o_o I`ve always hated those freaking machines, I never win >>
  46. Profile photo of JAK-STEEL
    JAK-STEEL Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:20 pm
    thats cool but i dont think its worth standing there for an hour recording who won or who lost just for a stuffed animal
  47. Profile photo of Kfizzle08
    Kfizzle08 Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:22 pm
    )-| Spiffy yellow shirts. :-D
  48. Profile photo of Perseus
    Perseus Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm
    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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    saenzoflife Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:27 pm
    Thats weird, I once won two things in four tries...maybe the machines yellow box was busted?
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    crownevadies Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:28 pm
    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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    BirkirHe Male 13-17
    189 posts
    January 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm
    I once won this huge teddy bear in Liseberg, took my like 10 tries .

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    allen98601 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm
    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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    koondawg Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:02 pm
    leave it to the Brainiacs to find out something cool.
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    nicole_xo Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm
    Seems like a lot of work, but I`ll play the normal way anyway :]
    Play, way, way..?
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    Unanswered Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:35 pm
    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.
  56. Profile photo of shizzaster
    shizzaster Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:37 pm
    Wait, if they`re rigged like that, shouldn`t they be illegal?
  57. Profile photo of kirby_rules
    kirby_rules Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:37 pm
    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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    a_sloth_is Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 4:42 pm
    great! my girlfriend loves that crap!
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    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 5:15 pm
    very good but it take too long

    and i like brainiacs on G4 :P!!

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    xDDitsmee Female 18-29
    266 posts
    January 3, 2007 at 5:28 pm
    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
  61. Profile photo of Mbirdgurl
    Mbirdgurl Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 5:37 pm
    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
  62. Profile photo of mise
    mise Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:26 pm
    Haha!I love Braniac!
  63. Profile photo of franny
    franny Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:44 pm
    Brainiac actually rues! doesn`t it?
  64. Profile photo of gibsonsga73
    gibsonsga73 Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 6:54 pm
    my life is fulfilled!!
  65. Profile photo of Eva_unit01
    Eva_unit01 Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:03 pm
    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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    justKatrina Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:07 pm
    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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    Meglet Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:11 pm
    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
  68. Profile photo of Meglet
    Meglet Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:15 pm
    "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

  69. Profile photo of Wey_Pooh
    Wey_Pooh Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:21 pm
    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.
  70. Profile photo of RedNine
    RedNine Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:50 pm
    I shall never lose at the Crane Game ever again!

    Unfortunately I never PLAY the crane game...

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    linkcma Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:50 pm
    Next time I go to the arcade, that machine is going to be the first thing I go to.
  72. Profile photo of RedNine
    RedNine Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 7:51 pm
    ..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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    derangedingo Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 8:25 pm
    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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    dragonrice Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 8:25 pm
    Whatever. The money you pay out is not worth the prize anyways.
  75. Profile photo of Danceaholic
    Danceaholic Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 8:35 pm
    i`m glad my girlfriend doens`t like stuff like that, moneywasting machine is what it is
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    rockthearts Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 8:38 pm
    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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    Beebeegirl Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 9:14 pm
    yea cuz that crappy toy was well worth the time he had to sit there and count the wins...???
  78. Profile photo of SweepOfDeath
    SweepOfDeath Male 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 9:15 pm
    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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    spongamabob Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 9:37 pm
    who has that much time?
  80. Profile photo of brightred
    brightred Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 9:47 pm
    stand there for an hour just to pay to get a stuffed toy? I`d rather not.
  81. Profile photo of cherushii
    cherushii Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 10:52 pm
    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
  82. Profile photo of gilly_60
    gilly_60 Male 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 11:14 pm
    its not really the toy you want, its the satisfaction of beating that dang evil machine! lol
  83. Profile photo of Pikachu42
    Pikachu42 Female 18-29
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    January 3, 2007 at 11:39 pm
    that my friend`s is a waste of time
  84. Profile photo of MissRainboot
    MissRainboot Female 13-17
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    January 3, 2007 at 11:55 pm
    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. :/
  85. Profile photo of YouG
    YouG Male 18-29
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    January 4, 2007 at 12:05 am
    Headlines: People spotted gathering around a crane machine for hours, waiting for one another to be the next victim.
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    mangarooboo Female 13-17
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    January 4, 2007 at 12:37 am
    aha, that`s cool
  87. Profile photo of Cy
    Cy Male 18-29
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    January 4, 2007 at 12:44 am
    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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    notapervert Male 13-17
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    January 4, 2007 at 4:41 am
    :/
  89. Profile photo of shinu
    shinu Male 18-29
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    January 4, 2007 at 5:46 am
    yay beating the system!!!1 and lol at that guy, he was so happy at the end "yeeesssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    Omagablade Male 18-29
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    January 4, 2007 at 6:12 am
    zomg, i am so doing this!
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    yokoyee Female 13-17
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    January 4, 2007 at 2:58 pm
    ive watched this before its on brainiac
    my fave is doctor bunheads ices lol
  92. Profile photo of Gintkins
    Gintkins Female 18-29
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    January 4, 2007 at 6:27 pm
    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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    3R1N Female 13-17
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    January 5, 2007 at 3:23 pm
    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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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 5, 2007 at 11:36 pm
    I never knew it was fixed like that.
    It sux! Talk about messing with people`s minds.
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    BrittyxPoo Female 13-17
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    January 6, 2007 at 1:38 am
    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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    quack_stud Male 13-17
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    January 6, 2007 at 3:40 am
    i have alergies
  97. Profile photo of gofigure
    gofigure Male 13-17
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    January 7, 2007 at 12:28 pm
    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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    Lazorfish Male 13-17
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    January 7, 2007 at 11:34 pm
    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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    kid-avenger Male 13-17
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    January 8, 2007 at 2:30 pm
    NO SOUND
  100. Profile photo of kid-avenger
    kid-avenger Male 13-17
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    January 8, 2007 at 2:30 pm
    JUST A MINOR DRAW BACK WE CANT DO THAT
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    Engrish Female 18-29
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    January 10, 2007 at 8:14 pm
    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.

  102. Profile photo of antdow3
    antdow3 Male 18-29
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    January 16, 2007 at 6:59 am
    ``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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    emilybff Female 13-17
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    January 22, 2007 at 2:25 pm
    That is so awesome! i will definatly use it!
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    gracegirl127 Female 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 11:48 am
    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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