As you may have heard, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is due for release on September 21, 2010 and Sid Meier’s home state of Maryland has declared an official celebration to mark the occasion. Firaxis will doubtless be delighted that Maryland has chosen to mark the launch of the latest version of their legendary strategy series, with State Governor Martin O’Malley officially recognizing the occasion as Sid Meier’s Civilization V Day.
“Sid Meier is known throughout Maryland and the world as a pioneer of electronic gaming, having co-founded his first studio in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1982, and today continuing a tradition of developing the talent and creativity of future generations,” the Governor announced in a statement on Wednesday, perhaps hoping that celebrating ‘We Love King Sid Day’ would increase his people’s culture and production output for two turns.
With no suggestion of a paid day off work, it isn’t clear how the good people of Maryland will choose to commemorate the special day, although rumor has it that most citizens are planning to decline an invitation to view three dancing bears and seven exotic dancers in their trophy room before getting on with whatever they were doing before the interruption. Firaxis isn’t the only famous game publisher to have risen out of Maryland’s fertile soil, of course, with Bethesda Softworks also calling the state home. Unfortunately, there appear to be no official plans for ‘Fallout Friday’ or ‘Oblivion October’, which may leave Maryland’s RPG fans feeling a little short-changed. On the bright side, however, Bethesda’s apparent status as black sheep of the Maryland family means that the implementation of a new horse armor tax in the state remains unlikely.
Joking aside, whilst this is an unusual – and some might say wacky – way in which to recognize the achievements of one of Maryland’s most famous residents, it’s refreshing to see Sid Meier and his team being given the recognition they so thoroughly deserve. Here’s hoping that the idea catches on in time for a worldwide public holiday to be declared on Grand Theft Auto V Day!
Source: The Escapist