This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 2 March 2014 to 9 March 2014.
The Sega 32X: "In the world of video games, there's no stranger story". It's also a new featured article.
"Æthelstan, king of the English and ruler of the whole of Britain", to quote how he chose to describe himself, was a 10th century monarch and is now a featured article.
Five articles were promoted to featured status this week.
Ontario Highway 71 (nominated by Floydian) is a highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. Part of the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 71 "opened up a large section of Ontario to the rest of Canada for the first time", according to the nominator. It connects with the United States via the privately owned Fort Frances–International Falls International_Bridge.
Æthelstan (nominated by Dudley Miles) was an Anglo-Saxon king in the 900s. Thanks to his conquering of the Viking kingdom in York, historians consider him the first King of England, and he played a crucial role in mainland Europe: the article tells us that "no other West Saxon king played as important a role in European politics".
E. W. Hornung (nominated by SchroCat) was an English author of a series of stories about fictional gentleman's thief A. J. Raffles in London. Living in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he abruptly quit writing fiction after the loss of his son in the First World War. Hornung's Wikipedia article was the recent target of a contentious move request: should there be a space between the initials EW?
Streatham portrait (nominated by Crisco 1492) is a copy of a portrait of Lady Jane Grey. The original was most likely made during her lifetime, but the copy is of poor quality and is currently damaged. Despite this, it was bought by the British National Portrait Gallery for a large sum, rumored to be £100,000.
Sega 32X (nominated by Red Phoenix) was an add-on for the Sega Genesis video game console. The nominator tells us that "In the world of video games, there's no stranger story, I believe, than the Sega 32X":
It was one of the most unique concepts in video gaming—the idea that a video game console's life could be expanded by adding a piece of hardware to boost the system's power, more so than the Sega CD and its addition of a CD-ROM drive. What resulted was a commercial failure that caught few by surprise because of its incredibly poor timing and support, and it served as a lesson to the entire gaming industry. I think this article is so neat because it features so many aspects of the 32X's short lifetime and how it's seen today, even by Sega's former executives who were a part of its development.
Two lists were promoted to featured status this week.
Burning of the Euromaidan headquarters and accompanying close-up image (created by Amakuha and nominated by Adam Cuerden) – The Wikimedia movement is lucky to have many Ukrainian Wikipedians attempting to document the recent horrors their country had fallen into. Amakuha, a photojournalist, has produced quite a few images documenting the recent revolution. In the nomination, Amakuha noted the background behind the images: "this building witnessed all the recent major fights for [the] independence of Ukraine ... seeing this building burnt down marks new age in [Ukraine's] history".
Drill instructor (created by John Kennicutt, U.S. Marine Corps and nominated by Theparties) – Attending boot camp requires both physical and mental endurance as the service attempts to break you down and build you into an effective soldier. The person in charge of doing so is known as a drill instructor, and this is an example of one verbally correcting an officer candidate.