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This article was published on December 20, 2012

Forget Hollywood, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was YouTube’s top trailer of 2012

Forget Hollywood, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was YouTube’s top trailer of 2012
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YouTube has published another year-end recap of videos on its network. This time, it’s all about the top game and movie trailers that people have watched in 2012. One of the most popular video games of the year has taken not only the top honors, but the number two spot as well: ‘Call of Duty Black Ops 2’. The top five is rounded off with three films: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Ted’ round out the top five spots.

Looking at the list of top trailers, it’s not surprising that they were ranked so high — each one has a high social media appeal to it, which helped to raise its popularity. YouTube says although it’s an “increasingly powerful force in shaping what matters in content and culture”, and its definitely both a popular site for viewing and sharing content with friends.

Here are the top ten trailers for the year:

    1. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision “Surprise – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Live-Action Trailer
    2. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision “Reveal Trailer – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
    3. The Dark Knight Rises – Warner Brothers Pictures “The Dark Knight Rises – Official Trailer #3
    4. Skyfall – Sony Pictures “SKYFALL – Official Trailer
    5. Ted – Universal Pictures “Ted – Trailer
    6. Hunger Games – Lionsgate “The Hunger Games Theatrical Trailer #2
    7. Revolution – NBC “Revolution – Trailer
    8. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision “Multiplayer Reveal Trailer – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Video
    9. Skyfall – Sony Pictures “SKYFALL – Official Teaser Trailer
    10. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision “Launch Trailer – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Video

Pretty fascinating to see that the top trailers of the year belonged to a video game, huh? Not only that, but it accounted for four of the ten spots on the list.

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