The auto rotation aiming in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was implemented to create a challenge in aiming, without requiring the player to aim with the directional pad. The ability to lock the targeting reticle in a particular direction was also included, so as to allow players to hold a line of attack without needing to wait for it to swing towards that direction.

How 739 People Died in a Chicago Heat Wave
In this oral history, key players recount how one of Chicago’s worst disasters unfolded.

For three horribly sweltering days in the summer of 1995, Chicago endured the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded in the United States. The death toll ultimately numbered an estimated 739. Most victims were elderly and infirm and lived in the city’s poorest neighborhoods: Englewood, Fuller Park, and Roseland, to name a few. For reasons ranging from illness and immobility to poverty and fear, none were prepared for a weather event of such magnitude. The same was true for City Hall, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and others whose belated attempts to mitigate this disaster proved largely ineffectual.


20 YEARS AGO TODAY: Jeff Buckley and band played at Roskilde Festival, Denmark (June 30, 1995).