The title pretty much says it all. Apparently, back in February, Bethesda issued a challenge to its fans, saying that if anyone who had a baby on Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s release date (11.11.11) and named the child “Dovahkiin,” the family would receive a Steam key granting every ZeniMax/Bethesda game ever made for life.
Well, one couple—Megan and Eric Kellermeyer—took Bethesda up on the challenge and named their newborn son Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer on Friday.
“Be it the real world or the game worlds we create, we wish young Dovahkiin the best in all his adventures,” it says on the Bethesda Blog. “And if Alduin ever reaches this realm, we’ll be in touch.”
The mother—artist of the couple’s webcomic site, Shards—offered her reasons for going with the name, explaining that it went far beyond the desire for video games (as she herself doesn’t actually play, though her husband is an avid gamer). Having a baby born on 11.11.11 is already pretty special, and Megan wanted to really lock in all of the magic:
“[…] it’s been a tough year and I wanted to do something special for my son. My daughter has a unique name. I wanted him to have a unique name as well. I am so picky about boy names that I was having a lot of trouble finding just the right one. 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. 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!”
Now, before you haters come out and hate, Megan preemptively defends her decision:
“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. Naming him something so unique may only have as much effect as any person’s opinion on another. That’s all they are. Opinions. We all have them; most of us voice them. But the ones that matter most are the opinions of your family and, more importantly, the opinion you hold of yourself. I think we can enable a high opinion of himself in our son because we’ve done so and will continue to do so with our daughter. The name won’t change my parenting.”
True enough! Usually I get pretty annoyed by parents naming their kids weird things—but, actually, I like this instance a lot. I think that it has a great story, a unique birthday, and the parents are going into it fully aware that the name they’ve chosen isn’t some hippy-dippy moon chakra bullshit. It’s just a unique sounding name that celebrates a fantasy world that a lot of people seem to love. Plus, you know, free games. In these tough economic times, you can’t pass up a deal like that.
And just in case that’s not enough for you, let’s put things in perspective. Really, it could be so much worse, you guys: at least they didn’t name the baby Adolf Hitler, and then wonder why everyone hates them.
Seriously, you can’t deny that Dovahkiin is a pretty badass name. Though, I foresee things getting rough when they take attendance at school.