We conclude our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with November and December. Following a social media campaign with support from the likes of Mark Hamill, Disney arranged a private advance showing for a man with terminal lung cancer. Daniel Fleetwood, who had already outlived doctor predictions by several weeks, feared he would not survive until the movie’s release and, in any case, was too ill to visit a movie theater. Sadly Fleetwood died just a matter of days after seeing the movie.
Microsoft announced more than 100 back catalog games would be available with backwards compatibility for the Xbox One. It’s since added another 16 games including DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, Fable III and Halo: Reach and is reportedly working on a way to support games which shipped on two discs.
14-year-old Lucas Etter became the first person to solve a standard, randomized Rubik’s cube in under five seconds. The World Cube Association has since ratified the time of 4.904 seconds, which was in turn recognized by Guinness World Records.
An IndieGogo project aimed to raise funding for a series of three-dimensional recreations of famous artworks so that blind and visually impaired people could get some sense of their appearance. The campaign “failed” by only reaching 14 percent of its funding total, though the flexible funding setup means the makers will still receive the money and deliver the goods.