One couple has named their new son Dovahkiin in order to claim a lifetime of games from Bethesda.
That's right: the son of Megan and Eric Kellermeyer was born on the same day Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skrim finally hit store shelves for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Because of this, they decided to name him Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer, Dovahkiin meaning "Dragonborn" in the Elder Scrolls universe.
"I am due on 11/11/11. What’s so special about that day?" mother Megan wrote prior to the birth via this blog. "First off, it has the awesome triple like digits. Second, for all the gamers, it is the release date for the long-awaited Skyrim. Third, if our son does make it out on 11/11/11, we are going to name him Dovahkiin."
Ok, so why name your son Dragonborn? Isn't that just a tad bit creepy like Damien Thorne? "The reason being it is an awesome name… and, yes, it comes with a fantastic prize in Bethesda’s baby-naming contest to coincide with the release of Skyrim," she explained. "Now, my husband didn’t know of the contest to start with. We conceived long before hearing of it. But it’s been a tough year and I wanted to do something special for my son."
That "something special" means free games for life from Bethesda despite the boy having to live with a devilish name forever. She admits that the two pondered over the name for quite a while, weighing the implications a video game-based name would have on their son's life. "But the more I thought of it, the more I settled on Dovahkiin, contest or no," she said.
Bethesda launched the Skyrim contest back in February, challenging fans to name their child Dovahkiin if he/she is born on 11/11/11. "While it may be difficult to play Skyrim from the hospital, just think of how many late nights you’ll have to lull your little Dragonborn with Jeremy Soule’s soothing music," Bethesda said in a blog. "And with that, we have possibly doomed a child. I’d say this calls for a hefty disclaimer."
Now thanks to Bethesda, Megan and Eric Kellermeyer own a Steam key that will grant them (and presumably Dovahkiin himself) every ZeniMax/Bethesda game -- past, present and future -- for life. But despite the rewards, Megan said they've received a lot of criticism about using the name.
"I’ve read several posts on the site and most condemn anyone who would dare name their child such a thing, all for capitalism," she said. "I really don’t play many video games, and I would never name my child a name I found horrible or even terribly mediocre."