Be the judge: should I let my boyfriend have three game consoles?  |  Life and style

Be the judge: should I let my boyfriend have three game consoles? | Life and style

The accusation: Bryony

Nobody needs that many consoles. We don’t have enough space and rarely use one

When Max and I moved into our apartment together two years ago, he brought two video game consoles. I said, “This is a little weird, why do you need an Xbox One and an Xbox 360? Will we have space?” He said he needed both of them, as some of his games can only be played on one of the consoles.

We don’t have much space in our small apartment. We have a TV stand with three rectangular dividers the size of a DVD box; I said well, we could mount your two consoles there. The third divider contains our wifi router. I didn’t want to interrupt his game – I actually really enjoy participating sometimes.

Then I realized the only reason he was holding his Xbox 360 he had to play a game, Guitar Hero. I love Guitar Hero, it’s a classic, but I said to Max, “If you only keep this console for one game, you’d better play it.” And in the two years we lived together he only played there twice. It’s even more annoying because the game comes with guitar-like controllers that we have to stash away in our closet.

Now Max wants a third console: a PlayStation 5 or a new Xbox, I don’t even remember. But where will he live? Max suggested keeping it on the floor, but I don’t want the apartment to look cluttered or like a large game room. I also think it’s ridiculous to have three consoles; it’s so forgiving.

We have reached stalemate. I said, “You don’t play the old Xbox 360 enough to justify buying another one.” But then Max enjoyed throwing him out. It’s a bit of an accumulator. Whenever I suggest doing an evacuation, he stops me and says we can find a home for something and that we may need it again.

I think threatening to throw his Xbox 360 away is exploiting his anxiety. But I’m already lenient by allowing two consoles. In my opinion, the only way to make room for a new one is to throw away an old one, especially since it has only used one twice in two years. Finally, Max needs to make sure he justifies the price of a new console by choosing the games he will play regularly. Otherwise, I’m putting my feet on the ground.

The defense: Max

What if one day you want to play the old console on a whim? It brings me so much joy

Bryony says we don’t need three consoles, but how much space does one console really take up? They are just small; they can fit anywhere and we have a TV stand with slots. Moreover, some games are only available on certain consoles, so it makes sense to keep them all.

I have the Xbox 360, which is about 10 years old, then the Xbox One, which is a bit newer. Now all these next generation consoles are coming out and I would love to keep up with the latest trends. And of course I’ll keep the ones I have. Xbox 360 games are great. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and a few others only work on this console. Why should I throw them all away?

Before I moved in with Bryony, I had the Xbox 360 in my bedroom and Xbox One Downstairs – my roommates and I played it together. It was nice to have two in a shared flat. If anyone wanted to watch TV downstairs, I’d go to my room to play.

Now it’s just Bryony and I, we keep both consoles in the living room. She says there is no room for a third party, but I disagree. Our place is always in order, but Bryony is obsessed with decluttering. I don’t think we have that many things to start with. I’ve always lived in large shared houses and every time I’ve moved I’ve brought the same things with me. I’m not used to analyzing every object and throwing things away. Maybe I’m lazy. Bryony said, “Why should you bother keeping it?” of a book or an old sweater, but I like to hang on to things for sentimental reasons.

Bryony and I play together from time to time, but he doesn’t think I can justify buying a third console because I don’t have time. He’s probably right, but even if I haven’t touched the old Xbox 360 in years, it’s worth keeping. What if one day you want to play it on a whim? It brings me so much joy – who cares how often I play it? Also, we plan to move in soon, and I plan to find a space for that third console and maybe even an arcade. Bryony will have to get busy.

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The Guardian Readers Jury

Should Bryony let Max have all the consoles he wants?

Max is not guilty. When Bryony talks about Max’s alleged hoarding habits, I think she fears being second to his love of games. I suggest a compromise: store the old Xbox in a safe place to make room for the new console.
Giuseppe, 46 years old

Max shouldn’t be barred from buying a new console. But I respect Bryony’s wishes to keep things tidy by only allowing two consoles to sit in the dividers, with the Xbox 360 going into storage.
Kay, 25

Max, if you have to indulge in your sentimental attachment to rapidly aging silicone, at least put it on long-term storage until you move. Since you rarely play it, removing it from sight barely seems like a compromise given the stress it’s causing Bryony.
Tom, 28

Three Xboxes are far too much, and Max is seduced by the cunning of the profit-seeking industries as he feels compelled to keep buying new versions. It is a vicious circle; what would stop Max from buying more later if he gets a third now? Bryony is right to take a firm stand.
Bea, 18

Max is not guilty. It is perfectly reasonable to have different consoles for different games. I’m sure Bryony has different clothes for different weather conditions, it’s the same principle.
Erica, 30

Be the judge

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The result of last week

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