Back in February, Bethesda Softworks issued a challenge to its fan community: if you're having a child and the birthday turns out to be 11/11/11 -- the same day as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's release -- name it "Dovahkiin" and you can look forward to free Bethesda games for life. Well 11/11/11 is behind us, we can all wish Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer a happy newborn birthday.
If you didn't expect someone to actually take Bethesda's challenge then you haven't been playing video games long enough. We fans are a committed bunch. Megan and Eric Kellermeyer just up and went for it, with Megan explaining their reasoning in a post on their personal blog (via MCV).
"We’ve toyed with Dovahkiin and the ramifications of naming a child that name, and that name being based on a video game character (however awesome), and what impact that would have on him," she wrote in a post prior to the birth.
"But the more I thought of it, the more I settled on Dovahkiin, contest or no. It helps that we told all our friends and family and very few are opposed to the idea. My mom thought it was neat! He will have a perfectly normal and common middle name if the first name becomes too much for him or us or we just want to call him a nickname."
Megan also directs a few comments toward those who might come down on the new parents for their decision. "I’ve read several posts on the site and most condemn anyone who would dare name their child such a thing, all for capitalism. Well, I really don’t play many video games (TB plays an ungodly amount though), and I would never name my child a name I found horrible or even terribly mediocre. I think we’re doing a great job with our daughter and will continue to be great parents for our son, too."
Bethesda is of course aware of the contest winners and has a statement of its own: "Be it the real world or the game worlds we create, we wish young Dovahkiin the best in all his adventures. And if Alduin ever reaches this realm, we’ll be in touch."
Source: 56 Shards