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

"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




  • Kinnolo - November 14, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    I have to interject, 11/11/11 was 2000 years ago, it was 11/11/2011.....
  • lilpriss686 - September 27, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    i am due in november and my date keeps changing. if i have my son on 11-11-11 then my husband and i will name our son dovahkiin. i am starting to like the name more and more so even if he is not born on that date, we still might name him that. just wondering what the other "mystery" prized are.. there are worse names out there and dovahkiin is a kewl name. :)
  • blakebeauchamp - March 2, 2011 11:20 p.m.

  • hardcore_gamer1990 - March 1, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    What's the date now? march... *quick math* FUCK I HAVE TO IMPREGNATE SOMEONE NOW
  • Millikin - February 28, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    If the kid is a girl you could always write Dovahkiin on the birth certificate but tell everyone the name is 'Dove'.
  • Barroness - February 26, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    We named our son Gabriel Sephiroth and our daughter Seraphim Serenity
  • waffman11 - February 25, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    At first I was like "What sick bastard would do that to their child?" Then I was like "Actually, even for a guy with a weird name, that sounds like a pretty damn awesome name."
  • Fraught - February 24, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    I don't see the big problem. Birth that baby, name it Dovahkiin, and then re-name it later. I mean, it may be a lot of trouble to go through to change its name, but god damnit, free ZeniMax/Bethesda games for life.
  • XLGirthMan - February 24, 2011 5:48 a.m.

    Well it beats "Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffwe... rswessenschafewarenwohlgepflegeundsor... ihrraubgierigfeindewelchevoralternzwo... einenvanderersteerdemenschderraumschi... gestartseinlangefahrthinzwischenstern... gehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensi... chlichkeitkonntefortpflanzenundsicher... icheinfurchtvorangreifenvonandererint... Zeus igraum Senior"
  • jackthemenace - February 23, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    I don't even have a witty comment funny or sarcastic enough to express my love for Bethesda right now. Except that I TOTALLY WOULD.
  • gamedingo - February 23, 2011 5:24 a.m.

    imagine all the c-sections being planned for that day now...
  • Syncmaster - February 23, 2011 3:19 a.m.

    there goes poor guy Dovahkiin.. been deep searched by TSA every freaking time he steps in the airport.. thanks daddy
  • Gameguy94 - February 23, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    Is it just me or is Dovahkiin kind of a badass name?
  • Triscuitable - February 23, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    Also, does this include Arena and Daggerfall?
  • Triscuitable - February 23, 2011 3:02 a.m.

    Remind anyone else of when Acclaim offered 10,000 dollars for a college fund to anyone who would name their kid Turok?
  • Afrodisiac39 - February 23, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    @Radimir That's actually what I was thinking, so long as the official birth certificate says that I would assume that's all the proof bethesda would need. Anyway I would so do this had I the opportunity and then I'd teach my kid how to wear a full suit of armor with elegance and how to fight with various swords.
  • Drphunknigz0 - February 23, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    mos deff a better name then facebook, i wudnt say it was a bad name but i wudnt name my child that
  • FauxFurry - February 23, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    Compared to what my name actually is, Dovakiin sounds downright mundane. At least it sounds European, the 'sexy' kind of exotic for the average citizen of the land which is Bethesda Softworks' namesake as well as the rest of the country. Still,if I was the type to make babies willy-nilly then name them Dovakiin because some game company dared me to, I'd rather they hire me or said child on as an employee who they can't fire under any cirsumstance that doesn't involve foul play or corporate espionage or give us another share of stock for every year that the kid doesn't get a name change. That would provide for the tyke's future better than free games for life and make up for any teasing that he/she may experience as a result of it. Besides, the teasing will help build character like naming a boy Sue or a girl who power-levels very easily, due to all of the fights they will get into if they live in one of the dunce corners of America. Also,do pets that the owner dotes on like a child count?
  • Revel - February 23, 2011 midnight

    @razorwiretensho ...and don't let your daughter be friend with anyone that have a name of Sephiroth or something like that, cus I have a feeling that he might do harm to your daughter hhe.. :p
  • rabidpotatochip - February 22, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    @grim08 So you only posted to say you had sex at least once, in 2007? ;) It's pretty silly to assume most of the posters here are under the age of minority. I can't remember exactly what they say about assuming, something about it making you look like an ass....

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