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Imagine the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark as piece of stop motion animation. Okay, now watch this clip of the opening sequence of Raider of the Lost Ark as stop motion animation by Jeff Gurwood. Yeah, I don’t know why I had you imagine it first, but this stop motion recreation is brilliant is it not? (io9)


Over the course of the last 48 hours, thousands of gamers were given access to an exclusive beta weekend event for Star Wars: The Old Republic. This MMO game has been in development by Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based BioWare since 2008 and next month it finally hits shelves. With the final bugs getting picked over with a fine tooth comb players have heavily tested this game, sending their own feedback for final edits to the game play…and Nerd Bastards was part of it all.

The game is set 300 years after the events set during the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series and more than 3,500 years before the events in the Star Wars films, plenty of space to form new story lines and expand on past history. You start the game by choosing to be either a Jedi, Sith Lord, alien, bounty hunter, 0r smuggler.  As either the Chiss, Humans, Cyborgs, Miralukas, Mirialans, Rattatakis, Sith Purebloods, Twi’leks or Zabrak species (based on alignment) you’re placed right at the beginning of a new conflict between the Sith and the Jedi Knights.

Click the jump for everything from intergalactic races to game play.