Magnets & Miracles Gaming has put together a historical overview video series going through some of Chris Roberts' older games and how they formed the genesis of what we see being planned for Star Citizen. It's similar to what the Cloud Imperium crew put together in their series of RSI Museum videos. Part 1 focuses on basic back story, Wing Commander and Wing Commander II.
Part 2 covers Strike Commander, Wing Commander Privateer, Wing Commander 3 and Wing Commander 4.
Star Citizen is older than 2012. In fact its roots lie deep in the 90s. Do you know Wing Commander? Starlancer? Freelancer? No? Yes? Doesn't matter. Enjoy the video!