Guy Transforms Apartment Into an Arcade, Fiancée Promptly Dumps Him

Chris Kooluris spent $26,000 converting his apartment into an arcade, complete with candy dispensers and a physical high-score list.

Photos courtesy of the New York Daily News

Chris Kooluris realized a fantasy when he converted his apartment into an arcade. Unfortunately, that reality cost him a fiancée.

As reported by the New York Daily News, the 37-year-old Kooluris decided to sell his furniture--including his bed--in order to spend $26,000 transforming his apartment into an arcade that consists of games like Pac-Man, Punch-Out, and Street Fighter II. He did this after unsuccessfully trying to sell his Manhattan apartment when he moved into his fiancee's apartment in Brooklyn. He began to feel uncomfortable living with her and her things, and after reading the Ernest Cline sci-fi novel Ready Player One, he had an epiphany of sorts.

"The book just blew me away," he said. "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."

In the process of creating an apartment filled with not just arcade games, but Transformers action figures, a futon with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blankets, candy dispensers, and a high-score board, his fiancée decided to leave him.

Kooluris, who is a senior vice president of PR company Weber Shandwick, invites friends over regularly to enjoy his creation, but he finds himself enjoying it less because of his newfound single status. "Now that my fiancée and I are no longer together, it's hard to enjoy the room as much as I want to," he said. "I always end up thinking about her."

Should you be in the area and want to check out the arcade for yourself, Kooluris has an email address--bedroomarcadenyc@gmail.com--that you can email to express your interest.

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377 comments
Aletunda
Aletunda

Why when I click on the super smash bros capt. falcon announcement trailer do I get taken here? wtf Gamespot?

push88
push88

He's better off.  He needs to find someone who shares similar interests.

pound-u
pound-u

Good. Let the bitch take a hike. This is an awesome apartment. Plus, there are other fish in the sea, many of which actually like games and would enjoy this, too.

soulless4now
soulless4now

If that chick can't appreciate good old-school games, forget about her. TMNT can't be dissed...unless it's the upcoming film. lol 

meatz666
meatz666

If a girl can't understand what makes her man happy, it was a good thing that she took the road. 

Luunaa
Luunaa

Sounds like she had other ideas for that money once they got married. I'm glad the guy found happiness.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

Good thing he did not marry her or else he may have ended up like Kevin spacey of american beauty. Now look for a gamer girl who would have similar interests. Its not like he lost his job while doing it. he is still working and enjoying his life, doesn't sound so bad... 

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

$26K or not, he ultimately saved a fortune by not getting married.  The wedding alone would have hit him for at least that much, and let's face it, if this was enough for her to bolt, divorce was inevitable.

ryogapower
ryogapower

If life allowed me, i'd do the exact same thing, well done buddy.

Nathan_R_Rork
Nathan_R_Rork

Good for him. What's the point of all his years of striving and success if he can't enjoy the fruits of his labor?

Don't worry, buddy, you'll meet a woman someday who UNDERSTANDS this.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@Nathan_R_Rork  A nice sentiment but unlikely.  Visit the home of ten married couples and you'll see the same thing in almost if not every one of them: floral patterns, potpourri and various other things no man would decorate with, while the worst room in the place ends up his space.  If a woman exists who isn't like that I sure hope to find her first.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@youre_a_sheep Well, if she's anything like me, she'll tell you to get lost, she doesn't want to date someone with sexist attitudes like yours. She especially doesn't want to date someone who thinks it's fine to act irresponsibly and then blame her for not being understanding enough.


(I hate florals! I know literally one woman who likes them, and she's 60, ffs. It's 2014, we're moving on past daft and inflexible gender roles)

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@Pie_FOREVER Thanks. : ) I think they're a noisy minority, but maybe I'm optimistic.


Being a feminist means I think relationships should be equal. Means I wouldn't expect a guy to have to conform to some absurd standard of masculinity, either. I don't think that's exactly a bad thing, except for those men who are only interested in the kind of unequal (and in some cases downright controlling) relationship I see in older generations of my family. And it mean that, in future, interests won't end up so divided on gender lines - way more girls who DO understand and love geeky hobbies.

And more arcade rooms, I kinda want one now.

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

@Ampharos64 @Pie_FOREVER Don't worry, they are, you have to remember we're using a site inhabitated primarily by children or man-children who have never had a relationship with anything other than their video game console :)


A good relationship is all about balance. A real feminist is someone who simply just wants fair treatment, not the crazy extremes that have bastardized the meaning with their ridiculous views, so I agree with you completely. I don't care who you are, what this guy did was ridiculous, and it wouldn't matter if the genders were reversed, both people have a right to be upset based on their actions.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@Pie_FOREVER @Ampharos64 Yeah, it's just the casual use of slurs from some, and the stereotyping of women as some homogeneous, selfish, and not sufficiently understanding mass, that bother me. Kind of unnerving to see. I didn't think it was really gendered at all, because I think most guys would be upset if I did that, too, and, though of course we don't know all the details, even as a fellow gamer the impulsiveness of it would be concerning in a relationship.


Yeah, actually, the most extreme feminist I know doesn't want anything more extreme than for women to have the option to be able to go live by themselves in female only communities, and for men to leave them alone. Most of the stuff that gets claimed is a total misrepresentation of what feminists actually think, just the usual straw (wo)man.


I might be a hopeless idealist, but I'd like to think geek culture ought to be somewhere all geeky people can enjoy, with no discrimination and bullying, since a lot of us geeks know what that's like more than most. We could do better in that regard, I think (applies to other stuff, too) - supportive comments, pointing out that it's not cool and not all of us think like that, that we've got each others backs, really help, so thanks again.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@X-RS @Pie_FOREVER @Ampharos64 I think the people really strongly criticising it, strawmaning it, actually do know full well what they're doing, though - it's an intentional silencing tactic because they don't like what feminists are working towards, not some kinda misunderstanding about what it really is. Feminism has actually achieved stuff, so I'm not gonna give up on that when it's very much still needed. If it creates a divide, then those people were the ones who weren't going to listen anyway, and giving in to them by stopping using the word would be exactly what they want.


Though, I'm English, the attitude seems to be a bit different in the US.

pound-u
pound-u

@Ampharos64 @X-RS @Pie_FOREVER  Feminism is still needed? That's debatable. And no, feminism doesn't own the rights to equality. So it's very possible to not be a feminist and still believe in equality.

pound-u
pound-u

@Pie_FOREVER @Ampharos64  Excuse me? There is nothing wrong with what this guy did. He made the money to pay for this. He has a job. And if his ex doesn't like it, then he is better off.


Oh, and good job on the pathetic stereotype that gamer guys are kids who haven't been in relationships. Maybe you should quit with the dumbass posts.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@pound-u @Pie_FOREVER @Ampharos64 It's not the money, or what he did in and of itself. Someone going off and doing something like that on a whim, instead of focusing on building their life together, would worry most people in a relationship, I think.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@pound-u @Ampharos64 @X-RS @Pie_FOREVER It's not even slightly debatable, though, and the reason it focuses on women is the same reason a racial equality movement focuses on minorities and not white people. I mean I do have far more freedom than even my grandmother could ever have dreamed of, but that's the point - this stuff is really recent history. People's attitudes don't budge that fast. Literally when I was born she said 'never mind, maybe next time' to my mum, just because I was a girl and she'd been raised to see boys as more valuable. It hasn't ended with her generation either, I've been affected by sexism personally on many occasions. I've seen it affect many other women - I mean, you just had to look at some of the comments here to see a woman being called misogynistic slurs, being accused of being a gold digger, just for leaving a relationship that doesn't sound like it was working out anyway. When this stuff doesn't happen any more, then we won't need feminism. It's an international movement, anyway.

Yosh_24
Yosh_24

That book was great.

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

There's waaaay too little information here for anyone to jump to conclusions, so let's take an completely objective look, shall we?


We don't know the state of their now, "previous" relationship. Something could have been brewing beforehand, which led him to shell out $26k to do this, almost like a midlife crisis, and maybe that was the last straw for her. Maybe he's actually a jerk. Maybe she's actually crazy. Maybe, if you're engaged to someone, and living together, spending something like $26K on stuff without at least first running it by your mate (not asking permission necessarily and regardless of how big your income is) would have been a good idea. Like "Hey honey, I'm going to do so and so".


Sure, people say a real lover will support you in anything you do, but consider he converted the space where they'd be sleeping together into this arcade. Not...exactly conducive to a two person lifestyle. I mean hell, I think what he did was awesome, but I certainly wouldn't do this to my bedroom where I'd be with my lover/girlfriend/fiancee/wife. 


He read a book and had an epiphany to do this...like...really? I don't know about you, but if I'm engaged to someone, it's probably because we see ourselves together forever and doing something so sudden and brash like this I would imagine would upset any right minded person, myself included. Like, if my wife to be did the same thing without first running it by me, you bet your ass I'd be upset, I'd probably also leave. 


The whole point of living together and getting married is having a lifestyle you're going to share together comfortably and that works, for BOTH of you. Priorities change when you're an adult. Maybe some of you will learn that when you actually have a long term relationship with someone, let alone a relationship at all.


Then again, it's like I said before, we don't have enough information. Maybe she was crazy or overbearing, maybe he's an inconsiderate jerk and she was the nicest person in the world and this was the last straw. We'll never know.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@Pie_FOREVER "The whole point of living together and getting married is having a lifestyle you're going to share together comfortably and that works, for BOTH of you."

ROFL  Yeah right, as in the woman makes all the decisions about what will or won't be in the home, and the man agrees he will give up any say in exchange for not being divorced and losing everything anyway.

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

@youre_a_sheep @Pie_FOREVER You know, not everyone has had a bad marriage or experience with women like you. If a woman is making all your decisions, that's not a relationship, you're a doormat who's bitter he didn't assert himself and is blaming all women as the problem.


When your lover is actually your best friend, what you're describing doesn't happen.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@jake198624 I'd say fair, next, if she'd gone and converted another apartment into a $26,000 shoe closet on a whim while neglecting to consider the relationship. It's not just the money, it's how he acted - it didn't seem like he was committed to the relationship. And women get judged pretty harshly on their looks, so they can end up feeling insecure and like they need to spend a lot on their appearance, especially depending on where they're working, so I wouldn't say clothes are totally equivalent, anyway - I mean, only us geeks are going to judge someone by what games they have, there's not really the same pressure.


Not all women do that, though, I barely spend any money on clothes (I mean, I really don't, certainly no more than an average guy would), how would I buy games if I did? And I certainly wouldn't expect most guys, even gamers, to be fine with it if I just built an arcade on a whim. Relationships do involve compromise and including your partner in decisions.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@youre_a_sheep @Ampharos64 @jake198624 Like I said, it's not just the money, the impulsiveness and lack of focus on the relationship would bother a lot of people - it's not fair to expect someone to just be fine with that. After that, I'd be worried what he'd do next, and how he'd handle anything more stressful than moving in together.


His behaviour signalled he wasn't actually sure about the relationship, he likely wanted to break it up subconsciously.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@jake198624 @Ampharos64 Good grief. What kind of women do you know? o_0 Is that what it's like in US cities, women with 26K handbags everywhere???

Does look pretty cool, I wanna play Pac Man now.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@youre_a_sheep your damn right, send them here, i'll give them a lesson on how to grow some balls lol

and if this was her reaction to up and leave the minute she found out about his gaming room, i doubt she would be celebrating over the idea if he asked her before hand, so he probably said screw it, i'm getting it regardless, and i think he made the right choice lol

kazedafinest
kazedafinest

just find a gamer girl... he'll be fine in no time!!

oneligas
oneligas

the moral of the story is: when you nerd out hardcore you go back to playing with your joystick by yourself

mikajoakkinen
mikajoakkinen

 What's the 4 players 6 button panel for???? I don't know of any 4 player fighting game requiring 6 buttons per player

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@mikajoakkinen Seeing as its hooked into an HDTV....I'm guessing its built into an emulator, but just uses the SFII cabinet art as his custom design.

Geogyf
Geogyf

He must convince the fiancee to covert 1 room for his passion (arcade room) so he is happy.

And not the whole house (so it has utility too)


Solution : everyone happy!


Chaz456
Chaz456

Seeing a grown ass man sleeping in a Ninja Turtles bed suddenly makes me wonder what my mid-life crisis will consist of...

bruta
bruta

back to manual labour

Frosty192
Frosty192

Sounds like a stuck up jealous bitch to me. Probably better off without her.

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

@Frosty192 

Very true.  He was obviously passionate about his hobby to spend so much on it.  If that was all it took to have her dump him, then they don't have similar interests and one of them would have been unhappy.

DWalker131
DWalker131

instead of dumping him over this hobby of his, she should have offered him a better hobby lol

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Good on him for doing what he wants and what makes him happy. It's his apartment, his money so why not.

Leonagard
Leonagard

I have 6 pinball machines by now on my appartment but... not in my bedroom... i gess this place have to be a neutral ground... nice gamebedroom btw...

hotwog21
hotwog21

i dont see a problem here