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Man turns NYC apartment into '80s arcade ... and loses fiancee

Man Turns NYC Bedroom Into 80's Arcade and Loses Fiancee

Chris Kooluris says he wants to be surrounded by things he loves -- and he isn't talking family, friends, or a significant other.


Chris Kooluris, 37, grew up playing iconic video games in their original form: as arcade games. When it came to transforming his New York City apartment into a throwback to the good 'ol days, updated gaming formats just wouldn't do.

He spent more than $20,000 outfitting his bedroom with classics like Pac Man, Tron and Street Fighter. He even had custom pieces built. He also replaced his bed with a futon and dressed it up with Ninja Turtle sheets. (To see more pictures, check out his Imgur.)

He built himself the dream bedroom of any child from the '80s ... and he has no regrets. Well, maybe one. He probably should have put that effort into his relationship during this big build, because his fiancee actually ended their engagement over the remodel, according to the Daily News.

Still, he seems to be handling it pretty well. Now that Chris has the best room out of all his friends, he hosts weekly gaming sessions.

As the Daily News puts it, "It is far better to have loved and lost than never to have gotten to play your video games again."

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ktlb4 June 06 2014 at 11:23 AM

Wow, that woman just dodged a big bullet. Good for her.

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cherylhaass June 06 2014 at 11:04 AM

WHOA! A big ole UGLY done threw up in his crib! And I do mean CRIB. This guy is so immature, he makes Will Farrell look like Alistair Cook. Smart woman, to throw him over FAST, before it starts spreading...in a few years, this idiot would be fighting the baby over toys!

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barbiegirlglam June 06 2014 at 11:23 AM

This is something that would be appropriate for a bachelor, not someone who is getting married. If you want to have your special room, you have to go buy a house and do the bonus room that way. It sounds like arrested development. She was wise to bail.

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fullsrvlaw June 06 2014 at 11:49 AM

What an idiot. What woman wants to have an intimate relationship in what appears to be a teenager's room? It would feel pervy. Also, this guy has clearly not grown up. It is a good thing that she bailed now.

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wuwu fullsrvlaw June 06 2014 at 10:29 PM

And he is lucky he didn't marry a shallow woman that judges him solely on HIS HOME

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hethr11 wuwu June 06 2014 at 11:16 PM

I don't think she's judging him on a room. It's the immaturity of his decision that she was thinking about. And I don't blame her. You're 37, grow up and think about the future, not dwell in the past. I loved Barbies. Or buy a house and make a compromise to have a man cave and then do what you want with it.

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isisreptiles wuwu June 07 2014 at 3:45 AM

I think she judged him on his immaturity.

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evelyon7 June 06 2014 at 11:14 AM

SMART WOMAN STUPID MAN. LOOKS LIKE HE HAS A MENTAL PROBLEM AND SHOULD SEEK HELP. WELL THAT'S WHAT I THINK.

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cgssnavickas June 06 2014 at 11:41 AM

Obviously immature. His fiancee was smart in leaving him.

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mnasvik cgssnavickas June 06 2014 at 2:00 PM

My EX had a similar "attachment" to video games and never matured. He's now 48 and still a child in many ways.

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dejatun June 06 2014 at 11:21 AM

Arrested adolescence...

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Susan dejatun June 06 2014 at 12:27 PM

True arrested development. The 80's - that's what? 30 years ago? This guy has serious mental issues.

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psychedelictwinz Susan June 06 2014 at 5:20 PM

Awww....you gonna cry for not having a piece of his money?

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Mike June 06 2014 at 12:07 PM

He just dodged a bullet! Any gal that doesn't appreciate the classics (arcade games) isn't worth keeping. Marriage is a two way street, did we see an article about the initial woman-esque design of the bedroom? Exactly.

Feminine bedroom design = okay
Masculine bedroom design = OMG! Look at this crazy guy!

Got it.

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rwitchwoman63 June 06 2014 at 11:29 AM

Another Nut Job!

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darkcloudstonite rwitchwoman63 June 06 2014 at 2:36 PM

Yeah she sounded like a flake

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oujoou June 06 2014 at 11:07 AM

It looks amazing. :) If you were a normal kid . . . you loved and played coin op games in the 80's. Maybe she wouldn't have minded an Alienware Aurora and World of Warcraft or an Xbox One and the newest Halo game. It's a good story to tell other slackers. I think this girl is with a much better guy now though. Or WILL be. :(

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