Bethesda is releasing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on 11/11/11 and with such a unique release date it stands to reason that they would want to play things up.
I’m not sure if they are entirely serious, but the staff at Bethesda has released a challenge to the more adventurous couples in the world. (Before you go and get all excited: Yes, it is about making a baby. No, it’s not that. Yeesh.)
They are “promising” a pretty cool reward to anyone who has a child on 11/11/11 and names it “Dovahkiin” which means Dragonborn in the in game language of the game. (Something tells me that this wouldn’t have been as entertaining if all you had to do was name your kid “Steve.”) The prize is a Steam key that will give the parents and little Dovahkiin every ZeniMax/Bethesda game for life. That includes past, present AND future titles. The rest is a surprise. (That’s sick… but my wife looked at me all funny when I suggested it.)
Here is their announcement as proof:
“Our man Pete Hines sends word that today, February 18, is the ideal time to conceive if you’re looking to roll a new character/child on Skyrim Day — 11/11/11. Just how exactly he learned this is worth pondering, but we’ll take him at his word for the sake of amusing science.
So, think you have the stat points in you to produce the perfect eight pound dragon-slayer? Like the wizened wizard he is, Pete is throwing down with a casual quest, offering up an unknown reward to any couple adventurous enough to name their 11/11/11-born child “Dovahkiin.” While it may be difficult to play Skyrim from the hospital, just think of how many late nights you’ll have to lull your little Dragonborn with Jeremy Soule’s soothing music
And with that, we have possibly doomed a child. I’d say this calls for a hefty disclaimer.
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.
What do you think Connecticut? Are you in? Is anyone planning on going for it? Sound off in the comments!
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