A cautionary tale of love, obsession and video games.
Chris Kooluris used to be like any other 30-something New Yorker. He had a successful career in PR, a great apartment in Manhattan and a loving girlfriend.
That was until he turned his tasteful, grown-up bedroom into a 1980s-style arcade.
It all started when Chris moved in with his girlfriend. They were engaged and he was planning to sell his apartment; everything was going in the right direction.
But then three things happened: Chris started to feel claustrophobic, his apartment didn’t sell and he started reading Ready Player One, a book about 1980s gaming culture.
Chris told the New York Daily News: ‘The book just blew me away. It awakened something in me and I started thinking that I can’t believe I’m not surrounded by all these things that I grew up loving.’
So he did the only logical thing and spent $32,000 (£20,000) transforming the bedroom of his old place into the 1980s arcade of his dreams.
At first his fiancé was supportive, and even helped him design the multi-coloured tiled floor in place of the dark dungeon-like motif he had planned (such a good move).
But Chris admitted to Wired that it wasn’t long before the project started to take over his life: ‘There’s a fine line between a hobby and an obsession, and I think what happened is I just got so consumed by it all.’
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before his fiancé started to get a bit fed up – first, refusing to attend the launch party, before returning her engagement ring shortly after.
Chris moved back to his apartment, which obviously wasn’t ideal, as he’d sold his bed.
He now sleeps on the futon in his games room (using Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sheets. Of course).
Chris may no longer have a fiancé, but that doesn’t mean he spends his days alone.
He has friends over for weekly games nights, regularly throws parties and even has a dedicated email address that people can contact him on if they fancy swinging by.
So is he now living the dream? Apparently not.
He told Wired: ‘This is not where I wanted to end up, just living in an arcade.’
In fact, he had this advice for anyone thinking of doing the same: ‘If you are going through relationship issues, you need to invest time in the relationship and work on it. Do not work on your arcade more than your relationship.’
We live and learn.
7 June 2014 | 5:38 pm – Source: metro.co.uk