If there’s a real life quest that’s once in a lifetime, this may be it. What we have here is a couple who answered the call of Bethesda last February to finish the quest of naming their child Dovahkiin (Dragonborn to you who hasn’t played Skyrim yet) on the day of the games release 11.11.11.
The couple, Megan and Eric Kellermeyer had their son Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer, a healthy 8 1/2 pound kid at 6:09 P.M. on 11/11/11. As a reward for the “achievement” Bethesda will be giving the couple a steam key that unlocks all Bethesda games FOR LIFE.
Not a bad trade off eh? Here’s the picture of their cute son with Skyrim cases beside him.
The decision to name their child after a game “race” has earned both positive and negative comments, where most of the negative comments range from “he’ll be teased because of what you’ve done” to calling Bethesda (and the parents) pawns of capitalism. In response to those comments here’s what Megan has to say about it:
To all those who have voiced their opinions positively about our naming our son Dovahkiin, thank you for your kind words and support. To all who have voiced disapproval and scorn, I say only this: We were the bullied. We were teased in school, as many kids were, are, and shall be. But we never became what others wished to change us into. We didnâ€™t conform for the sake of conformity, nor squash our true selves into oblivion (no pun intended).
We saw something so special in this contest beyond the monetary and even beyond the fame. It was a statement: â€œI am me by choice, not by the design of others. I will not be shut down by they.â€ For those worried of the incessant teasing, donâ€™t be concerned. We all get teased eventually and for nothing at all. Just like his parents, he will survive and even thrive in his own individuality.
As a person who was bullied (emotionally) during my childhood, a name won’t really matter much and in the end it’s my own decision to either fall under the pressures of the bullying or stand up against it and live my life on my terms.
And to the people who are still cynical about their motives and who think they know better all I can say is butt.the.hell.out. You can even ask our resident writer Shin, who’s named very uniquely because of his parent’s fandom.
Anyway, congratulations to the couple and more power to you and your web comics!
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