A Gaming Inspired Room For The Baby


As many of you know, the birth of “he who is loved more than all babies that came before him”, Hail Baby, (thank you Married With Children), made me want to make his room something special. I’d seen painted rooms with Disney characters and gaming sticker sets and such, but I wanted something unique.

The room that our son was going to be in was already painted with a bright green paint left over from his Aunt’s place. Looking at it, it hit me that by painting a blue background on the top half of the walls, I could create a blue sky with rolling hills and not have to repaint the entire room. My initial vision was of Patapons marching and LocoRocos frolicking across those hills.

The original walls as I prepared to paint the room

The original walls as I prepared to paint the room

The initial "blue sky" paint job

The initial “blue sky” paint job

I figured I’d be able to do a decent job of it but then Lu, my wife, suggested calling my cousin Alexa. She’d gone to art school and was doing a lot of illustrating work so of course, duh, she’d be perfect for the job. I gave her the basic overview of what I had in mind but when she came over and we started talking about the layout, it ballooned into many more characters and ideas (including our dog).

Before I continue, I really need to thank Alexa (and her friend who helped with the painting) for putting up with our many requests and my constant changes throughout the whole process, we’re all thrilled with how it turned out. You can check out her stuff at meowlexa.com and tell her what a great job she did.

So as we started to lay things out on the walls, we realized that it was a lot of space for just some Patapons and LocoRocos, so I started to ask for more variety and Alexa was willing and able to take on every crazy request I had. I wanted to work Futurama in somehow but keep with the gaming theme so we settled on the idea of Nibbler in his Kitten-Class Attack Ship carrying a Companion Cube from Portal. Alexa then took the large area by Mason’s crib to fill in a number of characters from LocoRoco.


Once we decided where the crib would go, I asked for Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet to watch over our son while my wife wanted our dog there as well. Again, Alexa was able to oblige as they both made it onto the wall along with Amaterasu from Ōkami.

Lu made the plush LocoRocos a few years ago and they had been in the basement around the main gaming area but I figured that they’d be better in Mason’s room. We had been discussing Journey a lot at the time as well so I asked if one of the cloth people could be added by the wall, Alexa surprised me with two. The clock was something we found in San Francisco back in 2005. We actually bought it with the idea that it would one day end up in our child’s room because what kid wouldn’t want a clock that looked that cool.


Since she had already been working on Amaterasu in the corner, she decided to add our dog Mikey again with the two of them running and playing. The cranes hung by the window were also made by Lu as a gift to me back in 2002. Mason has learned to blow on them to make them move and he loves it. The little dinosaur is a night light that we picked up last year but I’ve forgotten from where.

The wall above the dresser/tv cabinet is where it all started. I needed a flat area since it was so high on the wall and it seemed like the perfect place for the Patapons to be marching. It was Alexa’s idea to add the Prince from Katamari Damacy. Since I had accidentally ended up with a large hill on the right edge of the wall (painting from two different directions), she figured they could be running from the Prince and falling down the hill. The Amaterasu plush toy is courtesy of Martin. It was available in limited quantities in Japan a few years ago so I sent him a message at the time asking to grab one for me and he kindly obliged. Thanks Martin =)

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By the door and the light switch, the Patapons have all tumbled to the bottom of the hill while one is playing music by “the hot dog tree” from Patapon. She then added a Patapon, LocoRoco and another Companion Cube by the light switch. We had a big, open space behind the door so I asked Alexa if she could possibly add Ico and Yorda from the PS2 classic Ico. I knew it wouldn’t be easy given the complexity of the characters and the hard to find quality images of them from the game, but she was up to it and did a great job adding them and a few LocoRocos around the last spaces on the walls.


So I’m obviously thrilled with the way it all turned out. Even Lu, who was skeptical when I tried to communicate my vision for the room, thinks it’s wonderful. The most important opinion however, belongs to the boy who lives in the room and he absolutely loves it. Every time we walk in, his face lights up and he looks around the room at everything on the walls, reaching for different characters, wanting to grab them. He recognizes our dog, Mikey on the walls and we’ve been able to use it all as a distraction when he’s upset or crying since getting him in there and looking around tends to calm him right down. Thank you so much Alexa for all your hard work!

Mason's Atari Joystick

Mason and his first Atari joystick

Mommy, Mason and his buddy Mikey

Mommy, Mason and his buddy Mikey

To see more of Alexa’s work, check out her site at meowlexa.com or hit her up on Twitter @meowlexa.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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