Recently on Twitter, a gaming journalist announced that he was about to interview James Arnold Taylor and asked for some questions. I LOVE James Arnold Taylor. In the videogame world, he has voiced Tidus of Final Fantasy X, Ratchet, and Gabriel Logan of Syphon Filter. When I submitted my question over Twitter, I mentioned that we named our son Gabriel Logan, after the videogame character of the same name. A few people asked if I really named my son after the character because I’m such a die hard fan, and the answer is no.
So here is the story behind Gabriel Logan.
When Shawn and I first started to date, he roomed with a couple of guys that had a PlayStation (one) and the first Syphon Filter game. Shawn was seriously addicted to that game, and actually forgot about a couple of our dates due to excessive playing. To say the least, I hated that game.
When the PlayStation 2 came into existence, I decided to buy it for Shawn for Christmas, which is another tale. I asked my mom to buy him a game for it, and since the PS2 library was a little short, I suggested Syphon Filter. Well she couldn’t find Syphon Filter, but she did find him Syphon Filter 2 and 3. He ate up those games and I had a blast watching him play (this was before my modern gaming days).
So fast forward six years when I’m pregnant and we’re arguing about boys’ names. We could not agree on anything. I really wanted the name Brendan, and he would not budge at all. As a result, I did not budge on any of his suggestions. Then one day, we heard a commercial advertising a new Syphon Filter game for the PSP (I don’t remember if it was Dark Mirror or Logan’s Run). When they said the name “Gabe Logan,” my husband and I turned to each other and I said, “What about Gabriel Logan?” He laughed over our history with the game, and then we decided we liked how it sounded.
So technically, little Gabe is named after a videogame character. And even though this is now on the Internet for all to see, I will deny it to my parents until the day I die. That is one conversation I never want to have with them.