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The best video game trailers of 2012

Here are ten of the best game trailers to grace our screens during 2012. They represent a cross-section of the gaming world, and feature a variety of styles and budgets. The one thing they have in common? They’re done right.

Jedi, fedoras, and carpal tunnel: A history of LucasArts

What if LucasArts never existed? What if the irascible filmmaker, beloved (and despised) the world over for his invaluable contributions to the pop-culture lexicon, had stuck to making space operas and juvenile fantasies about archeologists in fedora hats? What if George Lucas never entered the arena of gaming 30 years ago?

Just what kind of game is Star Wars: 1313?

LucasArts has taken the wraps off a new game dubbed Star Wars: 1313. The cryptic title is a “third-person cinematic action adventure game” and is named after Level 1313, a “ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant.”

HeroEngine is the unsung platform behind Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of the most ambitious undertakings in video game history. When the game launched in December, it was the fruition of six years of work by as many as 800 developers and an investment of an estimated $200 million. One of the secrets behind the successful development of the game was the HeroEngine, a development platform for building online games that was created by Maryland-based Idea Fabrik.