The prosecution: Bryony
Nobody needs that many consoles. We don’t have enough space and he rarely uses one of them
When Max and I moved into our shared apartment two years ago, he brought two game consoles with him. I said, “It’s a little weird, why do you need an Xbox One and an Xbox 360? Will we have space?” He said he needs both 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 put his two consoles in there. The third divider holds our wireless router. I didn’t want to interrupt his playing – I even like to join in sometimes.
Then I realized he just 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 had it played 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 – a PlayStation 5 or a new Xbox, I can’t even remember. But where will it live? Max suggested leaving it on the floor, but I don’t want the apartment to look messy or look like one big playroom. I also find owning three consoles ridiculous; it’s so forgiving.
We have reached a dead end. I said, “You don’t play the old Xbox 360 enough to warrant another one.” But then Max got funny about kicking it out. He’s a bit of a hoarder. Whenever I suggest a declutter, he interrupts me and says we can find a home for something and we might need it again.
I think the threat of throwing away his Xbox 360 taps into his anxiety. But I’m being 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 price of a new console by choosing games he plays regularly. Otherwise I give full throttle.
The defense: max
What if one day I 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 only small; They fit anywhere and we have a TV stand with slots. Next to, Certain 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 new generation consoles are coming out and I want to keep up with the latest trends. And of course I keep the ones I have. Xbox 360 games are great. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and some 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 the Xbox One below – my roommates and I played on it together. It was good to live in a shared flat for two. If anyone wanted to watch TV downstairs, I would go to my room to play.
Now it’s just Bryony and I, we both have consoles in the living room. She says there’s no room for a third, but I disagree. Our apartment is always tidy, but Bryony is obsessed with tidying up. I don’t think we have that much material to start with. I’ve always lived in large shared flats and whenever I moved I brought the same things with me. I’m not used to analyzing every item and throwing things out. Maybe I’m lazy. Bryony used to say, “Why would you bother keeping that?” over a book or an old sweater, but I like to capture things for sentimental reasons.
Bryony and I play games together occasionally, 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 though I haven’t touched the old Xbox 360 in years, it’s worth holding on to. What if one day I want to play on it on a whim? It brings me so much joy – who cares how many times I play it? Also, we plan on moving soon and I intend to find a place for that third console and maybe even a game room. Bryony has to take care of it.
The Guardian readers’ jury
Should Bryony Max leave as many consoles as he wants?
Max is not guilty. When Bryony brings up Max’s alleged hoarding habits, I think she fears she’s falling behind on his love of gaming. I suggest a compromise: keep the old Xbox in a safe place to make room for the new console.
Max shouldn’t be stopped from buying a new console. But I respect Bryony’s desire to keep things tidy by only allowing two consoles in the dividers while the Xbox 360 is in storage.
Max, if you must indulge your sentimental attachment to rapidly aging silicone, at least store it long-term until you move. Given that you rarely play it, removing it from view hardly seems like a compromise given the stress it causes Bryony.
Three Xboxes is definitely overkill, and Max feels seduced by the cunning of the for-profit industry and feels compelled to keep buying new versions. It is a doom-loop; What would stop Max from buying more later if he got a third one now? Bryony is right to take a firm stance.
Max is not guilty. It makes perfect sense to have different consoles for different games. I’m sure Bryony has different clothes for different weather, it’s the same principle.
So now you can be the judge. Tell us in our online poll below: Should Bryony Max leave as many consoles as he wants?
The poll is now closed
The result of the last week
We asked if Zubir should water the plants when his roommate is away.
61% of you said no – Zubir is innocent
39% of you said yes – Zubir is guilty