The Top 7... fictional holidays

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.

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.