You decide: should I leave my boyfriend three game consoles? | Life and style

The charge: Briony

Nobody needs that many consoles. We don’t have enough room and he rarely uses one of them

When Max and I moved into our apartment two years ago, he brought two game consoles. I said, “That’s a little weird, why do you need an Xbox One and an Xbox 360? Will we have room?” He said he needed both, as some of his games could 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 case; I said ok we can put his two consoles in there. The third divider holds our wifi router. I didn’t want to stop his games – I actually quite like joining in sometimes.

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

Now Max wants a third console – PlayStation 5 or a new Xbox, I can’t even remember. But where will he live? Max suggested we keep it on the floor, but I don’t want the apartment to look messy or like one big game room. I also think it’s ridiculous to own three consoles; it’s so indulgent.

We’ve reached a dead end. I said, “You don’t play the old Xbox 360 enough to justify buying another one.” But then Max thought it was funny to throw it away. He’s a bit of a hoarder. Every time I offer to clear it, he stops me and says we can find a home for something and we might need it again.

I think the threat to throw away his Xbox 360 is related to 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 out an old one, especially since he’s only used one of them twice in two years. Finally, Max needs to make sure he justifies the cost of a new console by choosing games he will play regularly. Otherwise, I put my feet up.

Protection: Max

What if I want to play on the old console someday? 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 only small; they can fit anywhere and we have a tv stand with slots. Furthermore, some games are only available on certain consoles, so it makes sense to keep them all.

I have an Xbox 360 that is about 10 years old, then an Xbox One that is a bit newer. Now there are all these new generation consoles coming out and I would like 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 several others only work on this console. Why throw them all away?

Before I moved in with Bryony, I had an Xbox 360 in my bedroom and Xbox One on the lower floor – my roommates and I used to play this together. It was good to have two in a shared apartment. If someone wanted to watch TV downstairs, I would go to my room to play.

It’s just Briony and I now, keeping both consoles in the living room. She says there is no room for a third, but I disagree. Our place is always tidy but Bryony is obsessed with tidying up. I don’t think we have that much to begin with. I’ve always lived in big, shared houses, and every time I’ve moved, I’ve brought the same things with me. I’m not used to analyzing every item and throwing things away. Maybe I’m lazy. Briony would say, “Why bother keeping this?” about a book or an old jumper, but I like to keep things for sentimental reasons.

Briony and I play games together now and then, but she doesn’t think I can justify getting a third console because I don’t have the time. She’s probably right, but even if I haven’t touched the old Xbox 360 in years, it’s worth keeping. What if someday I 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 soon and I intend to find a place for that third console and maybe even a game room. Briony will have to do it.

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Guardian Readers’ Jury

Should Bryony let Max have as many consoles as he wants?

It’s not Max’s fault. When Brienne mentions Max’s supposed hoarding habits, I think she’s afraid of taking second place to his love of gaming. I suggest a compromise: store the old Xbox in a safe place to make room for the new console.
Joseph, 46

Max shouldn’t be banned from buying a new console. But I respect Bryony’s desire 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’re going to indulge your sentimental attachment to rapidly aging silicone, at least put it in long-term storage until you move. Considering you rarely play it, removing it from sight hardly seems like a trade off given the stress it causes Bryony.
Tom, 28

Three Xboxes is definitely too many, and Max is duped by the profit-seeking industry’s trickery into feeling driven to keep buying new versions. It’s a vicious cycle; what would prevent Max from buying more later if he got a third now? Briony is right to take a hard line.
Bea, 18

It’s not Max’s fault. It makes perfect sense to have different consoles for different games. I’m sure Bryony has different clothes for different weather conditions, the principle is the same.
Heather, 30

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