This Man's $26,000 Video Game 'Man Cave' Cost Him His Fiancée

The idea that a guy needs a "man cave" has become something of a joke. It's not that it's such a bad thing to yearn for a place where you can escape the pressures of life -- or just hide away from the wife and kids -- but can't this be done in the bedroom or office? Must a man's private lair contain a pool table and beer mini fridge or, in Chris Kooluris' case, a $26,000 old-school arcade?

Kooluris, who is 37, got so fed up with not feeling like the New York City apartment he shared with his fiancée reflected his style sensibility that he threw away shelled out big bucks to transform his old bedroom into the '80s arcade of his childhood dreams, complete with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong machines and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bedspread. Considering how no grown woman in the history of ever has dreamt of sharing a Ninja Turtle bed with her husband, it's no wonder this guy's renovation made his fiancée say "see ya" and break up with him.

This whole mess started when Kooluris decided to sell his apartment and move into his fiancée's place. Blame the crappy housing market: his apartment didn't sell quickly and he began feeling "claustrophobic" at his girlfriend's abode. At the same time, he was apparently reading a sci-fi novel called Ready Player One that made him pine for the video games he played as a child.

Rather than buy an Xbox and a bunch of old games he could play in his spare time, he figured it would make more sense to redo his old bedroom, move back to his old apartment, and chalk it up to being the "extreme reaction of someone who isn't surrounded by his own stuff."

I'll say! Now, I bet I know what you're thinking. This guy must be a real winner. But whatever you're picturing in your mind is wrong. Kooluris is cute. He has a job -- a damn good job, actually, as the vice president at a major public relations firm. So I'm guessing he had the money to spare to make his bedroom look like a geek's paradise, and it's not like he mooched off his girlfriend or anything.

With all that said, I can't blame her for kicking him to the curb, and my bet is that video games were the last straw -- not the first. Why the heck couldn't he just talk to her like a normal person and ask to be able to make some part of their apartment his own? If that couldn't work, how about selling both apartments and moving into a brand new (neutral) one together?

And even though the $26K might have been money Kooluris earned, when you agree to spend the rest of your life together, you also agree to make financial decisions as a team. Not sure if he ran this expense by his fiancée, but, oh boy, if he didn't, I wouldn't have wanted to be around when he dropped that bombshell.

If I didn't know better, I'd say Kooluris was trying to make his girlfriend leave him. Nah, can't be, right?!

Would you be okay with your partner spending $26,000 to create an arcade bedroom?


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nonmember avatar Gina

If he has the money, then what is the problem? I'm sure my husband doesn't "get" some of my passions, but he would never try to hold me back. I don't understand why you are being so judgmental. Personally, I think his "man cave" sounds awesome.

Einyn Einyn

I would've left his ass too

D.j. Lord

sounds like the women is bitching cause he didnt spend it on her....take a walk,sunshine

Nik713 Nik713

I think his man cave sounds great and I would have NO issues with TMNT sheets. And while I feel it's a LOT of money to spend, it's his choice not hers.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Hell effing no. Been dealing with gaming for 10 years and if my husband did this we would be divorced tomorrow. That would be the last straw. He can have his own space cave whatever u wanna call it. But not at 26000 bucks.

TAG_u... TAG_ur_it

if it was money we had to spare, sure, but that's more that half what he makes yearly right now lol. as awesome as it sounds,  it would break us. 

babyb... babybluejess12

I say he was lucky. Imagine if he married her. The selfish twat would have taken HALF when she divorced him.

luvmy... luvmybubs

I think the problem is that he moved out of the shared apartment and back to his own. There's more to this than a man cave, which I would have no problem with if we could afford it and it was a room in our shared house.

kjjakjja kjjakjja

They weren't married yet - so no need to get her approval for using his own money. I would've been upset only if he went into debt for that room and was bringing that debt into the marriage. Still, it sounds like they had other issues if he felt the need to get his own place after moving in. I wouldn't mind the arcade room if we could afford it. It would probably be my idea.

nonmember avatar Amanda G

Okay ladies, here's the problem as I see it, yes it's his money to spend but I would be extremely upset if my husband had a place of his own he was trying to sell, then went and did a huge decorating project like that which is likely to make it even more difficult to sell. That would be a huge hint to me that maybe our priorities were too different and the relationship may not be well suited long term.

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