The Top 7... fictional holidays

It’s a barely noticeable event now, but back in the days of the first three Civilization games, We Love the King/Emperor/Despot/Comrade/President Day (the title would change depending on what system of government you’d installed) was nothing less than a celebration of your grandeur as exalted leader of a nation. When citizens in a given city were happy enough, they’d turn out to honor your inhumanly long reign with new, era-appropriate additions to your palace or throne room.

Above: It never hurts to stick with a consistent theme

You’d also get to watch a mildly snazzy fireworks display over the celebrating city, secure in the knowledge that your satisfied subjects were less likely to defect en masse to a rival power.

In the streamlined Civilization: Revolution, however, the luster has definitely worn off the holiday. It’s not tailored to your current title, and there’s nothing to convey that it’s even happening except for a small fireworks display and, well, this:

Above: Well, isn’t this… exciting…

Above: That’s better – show some goddamn enthusiasm, lady!

Civilization’s denizens obviously aren’t quite as into celebrating the holiday as they used to be. They might actually be a little sick of it, considering that it happens erratically and tends to cut into their busy granary-building schedules more than they’d like. But when we look at our weathered old screenshots of half-stone age/half-classical Greek palaces, it’ll always be special to us.

Hey, remember this? This probably happened on a holiday, right?

Yeah – an awesome holiday. Like the… the Feast of St. Awesome. Sure.


Top 7


  • Black_X_1111 - January 1, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    What about the Picori Festival in the Minish Cap?
  • Auron - December 28, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    My best achievement :)
  • floptickle - December 24, 2008 12:56 a.m.

    Damn... I was afraid that you forgot the all important Life Day! But you didn't let me down :) Happy Life Day to all :)
  • Sebastian16 - December 24, 2008 12:07 a.m.

    All I can say is "WTF" to the Star Wars video...
  • Shininmonk_e - December 23, 2008 8:37 p.m.

    Festivus trumps all ;)
  • dirtyp - December 23, 2008 10:20 a.m.

    Great Stuff! Will Bookmark, digg and share. http://SEOTRICKSGUIDE.INFO http://RETROGRESSING.COM
  • Tetsuo - December 23, 2008 8:35 a.m.

    How could you forget Emperor Tachyon appreciation day.... it's been extended to infinity +1
  • SligStorm - December 23, 2008 5:06 a.m.

    Damn that wizard and his disrespect for Saint Awesome.
  • foodlist97 - December 23, 2008 12:58 a.m.

    lol when i just clicked on this i though wookie day would be one of them
  • TheBlackTiger2234 - December 23, 2008 12:30 a.m.

    How bout the holiday in sonic????:-I
  • FierceDeity - December 23, 2008 12:12 a.m.

    Carnival of time - MM. i always have to mention majoras mask in my comments its like the law lol. also sing the chrono trigger gato song to the chorus of "thats not my name"" by the ting tings
  • Stabby_Joe - December 22, 2008 11:27 p.m.

    "We love our king day?" Nope, when I play Civilization its "We love our dictator day!" And if you don't... muhahahahaaaaa!
  • Defguru7777 - December 22, 2008 10 p.m.

    How was the Castle Crashers' holiday not #1!!?? LOL
  • Romination - December 22, 2008 9:21 p.m.

    life day? REALLY? The universally reviled holiday from the universally reviled holiday classic!?'s like you made this list for me.
  • Ban - December 22, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    Feast of St. Awesome FTW!!Mikel
  • adertysohck - December 22, 2008 8:59 p.m.

  • TheSuburbiaRuins - December 22, 2008 8:15 p.m.

    Castle Crashers, haha I love you mikel
  • Falstad007 - December 22, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    First. Pirate day > all imo.
  • hammockguy - March 23, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    instead of pirates day, why not brewfest? unlimited beer!
  • MoonPig - February 27, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    LOL! We love teh king day.

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