1. This is Chris Kooluris, 37, who used to have a normal bedroom.
He had a successful PR career, a loving partner and a Manhattan apartment. He had moved in his with fiancée to her place in Brooklyn and put his own apartment on the market. But as the New York Daily News reported, “Three things happened that would change Kooluris’ life forever: The apartment didn’t sell, he began feeling claustrophobic living in his girlfriend’s apartment with all her stuff, and he happened upon a sci-fi novel called Ready Player One about 1980s video game culture.”
Chris told the paper: “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.”
4. And this is where things get weird.
His fiancée began to get fed up with his obsession. First, she refused to attend the room’s launch party – then she returned his engagement ring, and left him.
He would later tell Wired: “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. There probably should be therapists for hobbyists. It can take over.”