Posted on November 17, 2011 AT 07:03am
THE BUZZ: Before the release of Skyrim, Bethesda stated that any parents who named their child after a Skyrim character would get a reward. They probably didn’t expect anyone to actually do it. They were wrong.
Megan and Eric Kellermeyer have named their son Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer, or if translated, ’Dragon born Tom Kellermeyer’. The Kellermeyers explained their reasoning on their blog:
“We are going to name him Dovahkiin. “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. 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
As promised Bethesda has awarded the child with free Bethesda games for the rest of his life and had the following to say:
“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.”
EGM’s TAKE: It’s going a little far just for some free games, but if they like the name then there’s no real issue.
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