Want every Bethesda game free for life? Just give birth on 11/11/11 and name your kid 'Dovahkiin'

Bethesda's most challenging quest ever will likely be most arduous for some poor kid named 'Dovahkiin'

Last Friday, according to Bethesda VP Pete Hines, was the ideal day to conceive if you want your child to be born on 11/11/11, a.k.a. 'Skyrim Day.' We hope you and your significant other got it on regardless, but if you are lucky (or unlucky, depending on your perspective) enough to bring a slimy, screaming sack of miracle into the world on November 11th, and you're negligent enough to name the kid "Dovahkiin," then the two of you are in for a very special quest reward.

You and your "possibly doomed a child" will tentatively receive a Steam key which will grant you free access to every ZeniMax/Bethesda game - past, present, and future - for life. The rest of the "loot" remains a surprise.

In its post, Bethesda makes it clear that, while it's apparently serious about the reward, completing this quest is almost definitely a huge mistake:

Last Friday, according to Bethesda VP Pete Hines, was the ideal day to conceive if you want your child to be born on 11/11/11, a.k.a. 'Skyrim Day.' We hope you and your significant other got it on regardless, but if you are lucky (or unlucky, depending on your perspective) enough to bring a slimy, screaming sack of miracle into the world on November 11th, and you're negligent enough to name the kid "Dovahkiin," then the two of you are in for a very special quest reward. You and your "possibly doomed a child" will tentatively receive a Steam key which will grant you free access to every ZeniMax/Bethesda game - past, present, and future - for life. The rest of the "loot" remains a surprise. In its post, Bethesda makes it clear that, while it's apparently serious about the reward, completing this quest is almost definitely a huge mistake: "Disclaimer: Any reward for completing this quest will not ultimately justify the potential teasing your child could %26mdash; and probably will %26mdash; endure over its lifespan. Bethesda Softworks is not responsible for your parenting. You may gain experience points for completing this quest, but you will not care at 3am on a work night. Completion of this quest may also result in decreased desire to play video games and/or function as a human being. Consult with your friends before embarking on this quest; while it may not start in prison, it probably ends there." Those of you with children, or planning to form babby in the future - would you ever consider giving your child a game-related name? Or have you already? We imagine that "Dovahkiin" is going a bit far, but what easier-to-spell, tasteful game characters might you consider suitable namesakes for your child? Let us know in the comments! Feb 22, 2011

"Disclaimer: Any reward for completing this quest will not ultimately justify the potential teasing your child could — and probably will — endure over its lifespan. Bethesda Softworks is not responsible for your parenting. You may gain experience points for completing this quest, but you will not care at 3am on a work night. Completion of this quest may also result in decreased desire to play video games and/or function as a human being. Consult with your friends before embarking on this quest; while it may not start in prison, it probably ends there."

Those of you with children, or planning to form babby in the future - would you ever consider giving your child a game-related name? Or have you already? We imagine that "Dovahkiin" is going a bit far, but what easier-to-spell, tasteful game characters might you consider suitable namesakes for your child? Let us know in the comments!

Feb 22, 2011

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