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(New York Daily News)   Man spends over $32,000 to turn the bedroom of his apartment into a 1980s-style arcade. In a shocking turn of events he loses his fiancee during the process   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
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2014-06-07 11:58:17 AM  
It was worth it.
 
2014-06-07 11:59:34 AM  
Why is it that every time some guy wants to have his own personal environment done the way he wants it, the girlfriend has to get all pissy and leave? Is it a sign to her that "Well, I can see that THIS one will not be made obedient to MY will", and ditches the potential host organism?

/Beware of biatches who want to be interior decorators.
 
2014-06-07 12:07:52 PM  
I have no problem with this.  I loved Ready Player One too.
 
2014-06-07 01:26:55 PM  
Yawn.

Let me know when the publish a story making fun of a chick who can't get laid because she lives in a Lisa Frank & Hello Kitty explosion.
 
2014-06-07 02:24:35 PM  
He helped engineer the release of Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy"

Well hell, why isn't the entire article about that? Anyone can build arcade machines.  You can buy arcade-quality joysticks for about $100 and MAME is free, so I don't know why this dork felt compelled to spend another $25,900. Were the TMNT bedsheets that expensive?
 
2014-06-07 04:46:53 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Why is it that every time some guy wants to have his own personal environment done the way he wants it, the girlfriend has to get all pissy and leave? Is it a sign to her that "Well, I can see that THIS one will not be made obedient to MY will", and ditches the potential host organism?

/Beware of biatches who want to be interior decorators.


I think he lost his boyfriend.
/The flip flops give off a certain vibe
 
2014-06-07 04:47:35 PM  
He put a late 90's four person fighting cabinet in his "80s themed" arcade? She was right to leave this anachronistic douche.
 
2014-06-07 04:50:21 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Why is it that every time some guy wants to have his own personal environment done the way he wants it, the girlfriend has to get all pissy and leave?


Because he obviously chose his girlfriend based on something other than common interests.

Next time, pick a woman that shares your passions.
 
2014-06-07 04:50:35 PM  

Sgt Otter: Yawn.

Let me know when the publish a story making fun of a chick who can't get laid because she lives in a Lisa Frank & Hello Kitty explosion.


Does this hypothetical woman still have a vagina?
Then she can still get laid.
 
2014-06-07 04:51:30 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: TV's Vinnie: Why is it that every time some guy wants to have his own personal environment done the way he wants it, the girlfriend has to get all pissy and leave? Is it a sign to her that "Well, I can see that THIS one will not be made obedient to MY will", and ditches the potential host organism?

/Beware of biatches who want to be interior decorators.

I think he lost his boyfriend.
/The flip flops give off a certain vibe


That pose certainly doesn't help.
 
2014-06-07 04:56:20 PM  

syrynxx: He helped engineer the release of Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy"

Well hell, why isn't the entire article about that? Anyone can build arcade machines.  You can buy arcade-quality joysticks for about $100 and MAME is free, so I don't know why this dork felt compelled to spend another $25,900. Were the TMNT bedsheets that expensive?


He seems to be using MAME for his 4 joystick thing.

Hope noone sues him for advertising his copyright violations.
 
2014-06-07 05:00:55 PM  

spawn73: Hope noone sues him for advertising his copyright violations.


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2014-06-07 05:28:00 PM  
Probably for the best.  She clearly had different interests and they would be arguing.
 
2014-06-07 05:41:21 PM  
I'm pretty sure that's not what the theme of Ready Player One was about.  He was going to sell an apartment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and then decided to spend 30k renovating it into a personal arcade instead? That's like a huge mental health red flag right there. Yeah dude, I want a skee ball machine in my house but you don't see me putting the dining room table on the front lawn one day like a crazy person.
 
2014-06-07 05:53:52 PM  
As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.
 
2014-06-07 05:56:42 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: TV's Vinnie: Why is it that every time some guy wants to have his own personal environment done the way he wants it, the girlfriend has to get all pissy and leave?

Because he obviously chose his girlfriend based on something other than common interests.

Next time, pick a woman that shares your passions.


That chick from "Halt and Catch Fire" would be 50-something, right?

He just built a CougarTown Cave.
 
2014-06-07 06:06:05 PM  
Love the carpet. Little disappointed in the layout, something bout the atmosphere is off, but he's good to have weeded out his finacee's real personality before he married her. While there -are- situations where this kind of spending is problematic to quality of life, this does not seem to have been one of them, his fiancee sounds like she was one of those "I'm too good for fun if it's something kids like too" people. Good riddance lady.
 
2014-06-07 06:07:03 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.


Also stools would've been nice, but I don't remember that.
 
2014-06-07 06:09:52 PM  
Perhaps she left him because she wanted to marry a grown-up? Just guessing.
 
2014-06-07 06:25:11 PM  
I don't know, but his picture set off my gaydar.  Maybe that's why he lost his girlfriend.
 
2014-06-07 06:32:47 PM  

mesmer242: I'm pretty sure that's not what the theme of Ready Player One was about.  He was going to sell an apartment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and then decided to spend 30k renovating it into a personal arcade instead? That's like a huge mental health red flag right there. Yeah dude, I want a skee ball machine in my house but you don't see me putting the dining room table on the front lawn one day like a crazy person.


Except that $32k is nothing to him. Pocket change, and he gets to live in a place he thinks is cool. Personally, I think he dodged a bullet. My wife wouldn't have left me if I built myself an arcade. I showed her this story and she thinks the guy's ex-fiancee is the crazy one.
 
2014-06-07 06:34:28 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: Herr Flick's Revenge: As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.

Also stools would've been nice, but I don't remember that.


It should also have a broken change machine so you have to go up to the angry guy at the counter every time you run out of quarters.

/Only been to bowling alley arcades
 
2014-06-07 06:49:21 PM  

missmez: I have no problem with this.  I loved Ready Player One too.




Doesn't that book take place 50 years in the future, and not the 1980's
 
2014-06-07 06:56:41 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Doesn't that book take place 50 years in the future, and not the 1980's


It's all about one rich man's obsessive nostalgia for 1980s-era gaming and media, and his leaving the largest fortune on the planet to someone who can relate to his interests.
 
2014-06-07 07:04:23 PM  

picturescrazy: Fark like a Barsoomian: Herr Flick's Revenge: As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.

Also stools would've been nice, but I don't remember that.

It should also have a broken change machine so you have to go up to the angry guy at the counter every time you run out of quarters.

/Only been to bowling alley arcades


Hopefully not one of the ones that rolled dollars in but the kind there was a little tray you put a dollar in and slammed it home.
 
2014-06-07 07:07:53 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.


you forgot about the random spots from gum but yeah too bright for sure
 
2014-06-07 07:14:09 PM  
Somebody needs to do some stalking research, and find a pic of his ex.
 
2014-06-07 07:33:10 PM  

Thinyser: Somebody needs to do some stalking research, and find a pic of his ex.


She lives in Canada, you wouldn't know her.
 
2014-06-07 07:44:43 PM  
This does raise a vaguely related question - Are those 4-player mame machines even remotely legal?
 
2014-06-07 07:58:46 PM  

mongbiohazard: mesmer242: I'm pretty sure that's not what the theme of Ready Player One was about.  He was going to sell an apartment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and then decided to spend 30k renovating it into a personal arcade instead? That's like a huge mental health red flag right there. Yeah dude, I want a skee ball machine in my house but you don't see me putting the dining room table on the front lawn one day like a crazy person.

Except that $32k is nothing to him. Pocket change, and he gets to live in a place he thinks is cool. Personally, I think he dodged a bullet. My wife wouldn't have left me if I built myself an arcade. I showed her this story and she thinks the guy's ex-fiancee is the crazy one.


I have no idea what his net worth is, but I do know that generally marriages hinge on talking with your spouse before spending tens of thousands of dollars. You probably would talk to your wife about where the arcade would be, what the budget would be, etc. before doing it. Lord knows I got in trouble for starting a renovation project before my husband was ready. Yes, I know they weren't married yet, but the point of being engaged is to figure out if you're going in the same direction. She wasn't the one who suddenly switched directions.

If an equally well off woman decided to drop 30k on collectible figurines from her childhood and her fiance decided that was a red flag and left, what do you think the peanut gallery would say about that situation?
 
2014-06-07 08:16:35 PM  

mesmer242: If an equally well off woman decided to drop 30k on collectible figurines from her childhood and her fiance decided that was a red flag and left, what do you think the peanut gallery would say about that situation?


I think if a woman in those circumstances did that in her apartment it would be her prerogative.  The only thing to be concerned about is if these figurines are disturbing like:

  www.emptykingdom.com
 
2014-06-07 08:23:29 PM  
32k is probably cheaper than the divorce would have been. Kind of dorky and all but I still think it's pretty cool. I'm sure he can find someone else to nail, but if he can't, then that's his problem and he should have thought of that earlier...
 
2014-06-07 08:36:09 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: missmez: I have no problem with this.  I loved Ready Player One too.

Doesn't that book take place 50 years in the future, and not the 1980's


Yes, but the whole thing is about a billionaire who dies and leaves his entire fortune to anyone who can solve a lengthy treasure hunt based on clues relating to his own personal obsession; pop culture from the 80's.
 
2014-06-07 08:46:22 PM  
Here's a more indepth article for anyone who's interested:  http://www.wired.com/2014/05/arcadia/
 
2014-06-07 09:10:25 PM  
He dodged a bullet there. Any woman who doesn't appreciate retro arcade games isn't worth keeping.

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2014-06-07 09:33:26 PM  

chitownmike: Herr Flick's Revenge: As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.

you forgot about the random spots from gum but yeah too bright for sure


That reminds me. I gotta head back to Funspot this year...
 
2014-06-07 09:38:51 PM  
I can't see 32K worth of stuff there (at least not arcade stuff).

I have about 25 arcade games now, and I've owned more than 50 in my life and I've never even spent 16k much less 32.  And yes, I've had a punch-out, Donkey Kong (both junior and DK2) and street fighter (crappy game - not worth more than a couple hundred bucks).

The mame stuff is silly and super-cheap.
 
2014-06-07 09:44:43 PM  
I had a commission a few years back to do the cabinet graphics for a MAME box. Magnum Monolith.
 
2014-06-07 09:44:55 PM  

kukukupo: I can't see 32K worth of stuff there (at least not arcade stuff).

I have about 25 arcade games now, and I've owned more than 50 in my life and I've never even spent 16k much less 32.  And yes, I've had a punch-out, Donkey Kong (both junior and DK2) and street fighter (crappy game - not worth more than a couple hundred bucks).

The mame stuff is silly and super-cheap.


Difficulty: Manhattan
It's really easy to blow 32K on a room redecoration with a few vintage arcade machines, in Manhattan. Especially if you're not the handy sort and have to pay people to bring every part of your vision to life.
 
2014-06-07 10:06:35 PM  

picturescrazy: Fark like a Barsoomian: Herr Flick's Revenge: As someone who was in those arcades:
Too much light, needs to be darker
Carpet is in to good of shape, needs some stains or bald spots.

Also stools would've been nice, but I don't remember that.

It should also have a broken change machine so you have to go up to the angry guy at the counter every time you run out of quarters.

/Only been to bowling alley arcades


Carpet also needs rips that are duct taped and cords that are duct taped in a different color.

Maybe a broken Coke machine too.
 
2014-06-07 10:16:22 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Carpet also needs rips that are duct taped and cords that are duct taped in a different color.

Maybe a broken Coke machine too.


Don't forget reagan-era popcorn. And, I mean age not style...
 
2014-06-07 10:37:39 PM  
She left him because instead of Tempest, Defender and Gravitar she got a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blanket on a creepy bed in the middle of the room.

Girl can do better.
 
2014-06-07 11:56:55 PM  

wildcardjack: He put a late 90's four person fighting cabinet in his "80s themed" arcade? She was right to leave this anachronistic douche.


This is why I love you guys. Pointing out the complete hypocrisy of the righteous.
 
2014-06-08 12:22:14 AM  
That cost $32K?
 
2014-06-08 02:37:18 AM  

mesmer242: mongbiohazard: mesmer242: I'm pretty sure that's not what the theme of Ready Player One was about.  He was going to sell an apartment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and then decided to spend 30k renovating it into a personal arcade instead? That's like a huge mental health red flag right there. Yeah dude, I want a skee ball machine in my house but you don't see me putting the dining room table on the front lawn one day like a crazy person.

Except that $32k is nothing to him. Pocket change, and he gets to live in a place he thinks is cool. Personally, I think he dodged a bullet. My wife wouldn't have left me if I built myself an arcade. I showed her this story and she thinks the guy's ex-fiancee is the crazy one.

I have no idea what his net worth is, but I do know that generally marriages hinge on talking with your spouse before spending tens of thousands of dollars. You probably would talk to your wife about where the arcade would be, what the budget would be, etc. before doing it. Lord knows I got in trouble for starting a renovation project before my husband was ready. Yes, I know they weren't married yet, but the point of being engaged is to figure out if you're going in the same direction. She wasn't the one who suddenly switched directions.

If an equally well off woman decided to drop 30k on collectible figurines from her childhood and her fiance decided that was a red flag and left, what do you think the peanut gallery would say about that situation?


He's the senior VP of a global PR firm with high profile mega-corporation clients. That's a 1%-er's job. I don't have to see his tax statements to know full well that $32k means nothing to his bank account.

As far as your suggested role reversal scenario, yes I would be of the exact same opinion. In your scenario it would be the woman who dodged the bullet. If my wife wanted a room to turn in to some hobby shrine - and she was the senior VP at a high-profile global PR firm so was spending a negligible sum on it for her salary - I'd ask her if she needed any help picking out furniture. The only justification I'd possibly have to be pissed is if she refused when I asked her if I could reciprocate with one of our other rooms.

If my fiancée told me she wanted to do that to the bedroom of her own condo.... I'd thank my lucky stars I found a keeper and ask her if she needed any help picking out the furniture. Loaded and has a perfectly harmless hobby which won't impact me in the slightest if I don't want it to AND she couldn't complain about me setting up my ultimate PC gaming battlestation? Sign me right the fark up. She'd have to scrape me off like a barnacle to get rid of me.

It's ideal if you share hobbies with your spouse, but very common to have different hobbies. She/he doesn't have to share them with you, but they damn well ought to support you enjoying yours so long as you're not bankrupting yourself with it or something else actually harmful. If your fiancée, GF/BF or spouse ever tells you that they're going to dump you if you don't quit a harmless hobby that makes you happy then your next words need to be, "Are you serious?" If the answer is yes then the only response you should have is, "Then farking do it, right now."

Someone wanting to do that to you over a harmless hobby is going to make your life miserable if you stay with them.
 
2014-06-08 09:19:41 AM  

mongbiohazard: mesmer242: mongbiohazard: mesmer242: I'm pretty sure that's not what the theme of Ready Player One was about.  He was going to sell an apartment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and then decided to spend 30k renovating it into a personal arcade instead? That's like a huge mental health red flag right there. Yeah dude, I want a skee ball machine in my house but you don't see me putting the dining room table on the front lawn one day like a crazy person.

Except that $32k is nothing to him. Pocket change, and he gets to live in a place he thinks is cool. Personally, I think he dodged a bullet. My wife wouldn't have left me if I built myself an arcade. I showed her this story and she thinks the guy's ex-fiancee is the crazy one.

I have no idea what his net worth is, but I do know that generally marriages hinge on talking with your spouse before spending tens of thousands of dollars. You probably would talk to your wife about where the arcade would be, what the budget would be, etc. before doing it. Lord knows I got in trouble for starting a renovation project before my husband was ready. Yes, I know they weren't married yet, but the point of being engaged is to figure out if you're going in the same direction. She wasn't the one who suddenly switched directions.

If an equally well off woman decided to drop 30k on collectible figurines from her childhood and her fiance decided that was a red flag and left, what do you think the peanut gallery would say about that situation?

He's the senior VP of a global PR firm with high profile mega-corporation clients. That's a 1%-er's job. I don't have to see his tax statements to know full well that $32k means nothing to his bank account.

As far as your suggested role reversal scenario, yes I would be of the exact same opinion. In your scenario it would be the woman who dodged the bullet. If my wife wanted a room to turn in to some hobby shrine - and she was the senior VP at a high-profile global PR firm so was spending a ...


Read the wired article I linked to. This particular hobby wasn't harmless to him. He basically got obsessed and stopped talking to her even though she was initially supportive.

If my husband suddenly became obsessed with a childhood hobby having not shown a prior interest in returning to that hobby, and wanted to spend all his time in a separate space devoted to it, and suddenly dropped a bunch of money on the endeavor - I would be concerned, even if I was totally into whatever hobby it was. Ramping up so quickly on a new hobby isn't normal for most people. It's a big ol' warning sign that something else is amiss.
 
2014-06-08 01:54:33 PM  
mesmer242

If my husband suddenly became obsessed with a childhood hobby having not shown a prior interest in returning to that hobby, and wanted to spend all his time in a separate space devoted to it, and suddenly dropped a bunch of money on the endeavor - I would be concerned, even if I was totally into whatever hobby it was. Ramping up so quickly on a new hobby isn't normal for most people. It's a big ol' warning sign that something else is amiss. aliens want to meet up with him.
 
2014-06-08 05:04:49 PM  

studebaker hoch: mesmer242

If my husband suddenly became obsessed with a childhood hobby having not shown a prior interest in returning to that hobby, and wanted to spend all his time in a separate space devoted to it, and suddenly dropped a bunch of money on the endeavor - I would be concerned, even if I was totally into whatever hobby it was. Ramping up so quickly on a new hobby isn't normal for most people. It's a big ol' warning sign that something else is amiss. aliens want to meet up with him.


potato
 
2014-06-08 09:20:26 PM  
If you mean mashed potatoes, then yeah.

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