For the past year, my fiancée and I have been living in a one-bedroom apartment, with my videogame stuff spread out between the living room, bedroom, and a storage unit. We both want a bigger place, but given that we are just starting our careers and facing a mountain of student loan debt, a house is out of the question. That being said, when we first started talking about our minimum living requirements for our new place in Seattle, we both agreed on one basic thing: a separate room for all the videogame stuff.
We are now just days away from moving into our new two-bedroom condo, and I must say that I am really looking forward to having a room for all my videogame and entertainment stuff (HDTV, game consoles, gaming chairs, Sega Saturn Kiosk, etc.). Finally, we can have a tasteful and aesthetically pleasing living room area. We can arrange our furniture without having to work around a television. And we can entertain guests without having to be self conscious about the clutter of videogames, consoles, and controllers.
It's not that there's anything wrong with having videogames in one's main living area. But in my ideal world, a living room shouldn't have to be built around an entertainment center. I don't necessarily want a living space that sends the message that TV is the focal point of my life. I'd rather have a separate room for those trappings of videogame- and TV-oriented entertainment, where I can relax and not worry about whether the decor looks stylish or tasteful, and where I can close the door and forget about it after I'm done.
I think that part of growing older is knowing that there's a time and place for escapism (e.g., games, movies, TV, etc.) and that there's a time for human connection without the interference and distraction of technology. I love playing games, but I don't want them to permeate my life, mentally or physically. I'm very glad to be moving to a new place that will allow me to maintain a healthy boundary between these two areas of my life. But most of all, I think it'll be pretty kick ass to be able to say I have a "game room."