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#1 Posted by PinkFloydPLA (32 posts) -

...that never visit the website? (fuck these short thread titles)

I heard the guys mentioning multiple times that there are people that only download the podcast and never follow any other content. Do we know any numbers? This got me curios.

#2 Posted by 49th (2821 posts) -

Not me, I do both.

#3 Posted by CaLe (4042 posts) -

I think it's a lot...

#4 Posted by BeachThunder (12307 posts) -

Well, those people aren't going to respond to this thread, are they...

#5 Edited by katimanic (133 posts) -

I listened to the Bombcast for about a year or two before visiting the site.

#6 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19377 posts) -

I've never gone to Giantbomb.com.

When I first started listening to the Bombcast after the 1UP X Giant Bomb podcast, it took me about 3-5 months before I decided to actually check the site out.

#7 Edited by Xeiphyer (5608 posts) -

Apparently its an extremely substantial amount although I don't know the specific numbers.

#8 Posted by wjb (1689 posts) -
#9 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5903 posts) -

I listened to the podcast for a good year before actually visiting the site.

Look at me now.

#10 Posted by FirebirdINF (275 posts) -

The Bombcast is the 47th podcast in iTunes. That's gotta be at least 47 people that listen to it. 9 responded to this thread, so the answer is 38.

#11 Edited by CornBREDX (5845 posts) -

I think I have heard them say they have around 300,000 or so listeners to the podcast. I think maybe a third of that actually uses the site. Even less use the site regularly.

They talked about it somewhere.

#12 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

Ive listened to the podcast since the very beginning, arrow pointing down shit, but I didn't start using the site until they moved to the second office.

#13 Edited by jkz (4051 posts) -

The Bombcast is the 47th podcast in iTunes. That's gotta be at least 47 people that listen to it. 9 responded to this thread, so the answer is 38.

*Pokes furiously at a calculator*

That checks out

#14 Edited by Droop (1916 posts) -

I wonder how many people only watch the videos on Youtube and never visit the site.

#15 Edited by CaLe (4042 posts) -

I used the site for years without really visiting the forums. Now I'm a level 1 Nerd who uses them.

  • Level 1 Nerd - uses forums (and may watch all videos/listen to all podcasts)
  • Level 2 Nerd - watches video content/listens to podcast and doesn't use forums
  • Level 3 Nerd - only listens to podcast

I wish I was as cool as the Level 3 Nerds.

#16 Posted by CatsAkimbo (642 posts) -

I visit Giant Bomb and listen regularly, but looking at my podcast rss feed... there are 12 other podcasts I regularly listen to, yet never visit their websites.

#17 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

It's a lot. We're talking 4-6 million people world wide every week.

#18 Posted by ShaggE (6637 posts) -

Well, there's Tim. (at least one of them has got to be named Tim, I assume)

So, that's one down. We're well on our way to cracking this case!

#19 Posted by Y2Ken (1244 posts) -

I've personally never visited the website. I'm too fearful of the lizard people in government seeing "GIANT BOMB" in my browser history and detaining me as a potential terrorist threat.

#20 Posted by Shortbreadtom (848 posts) -

Well I listened to the podcast for about 4 months before even realising they had a website. I think a lot of people find GB because it's one of the top 5 gaming podcasts on the iTunes store

#21 Posted by Cheesebob (1246 posts) -

I did for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggeeeeeeeeessssssssss. Then I finally wised up and visited the website...well now I am a premium member so the rest is history.

Needless to say, none of the dudes looked how I imagined them

#22 Posted by TobbRobb (4823 posts) -

I listen to Idle Thumbs and other stuff without ever visiting those sites. So I don't really think it's out of the ordinary. The only real reason I'm here at all is because I found the site before the podcast, instead of the other way around.

#23 Posted by Party (113 posts) -

The Bombcast is the 47th podcast in iTunes. That's gotta be at least 47 people that listen to it. 9 responded to this thread, so the answer is 38.


*Computes the vector sum before integrating the partial derivative of percent radical average deviation*

That checks out.

#24 Posted by Nasar7 (2769 posts) -

No idea. I've been listening to the Bombcast and visiting the site since the Arrow Pointing Down days, although I didn't actually register until about a year after that. I spent nearly a year as a filthy lurker, although I still don't post on the forums too much.

#25 Edited by Animasta (14718 posts) -

Needless to say, none of the dudes looked how I imagined them

I know right?

I cannot remember how I assumed they looked though.

#26 Edited by ripelivejam (4631 posts) -
#27 Posted by ch3burashka (5183 posts) -

Well, those people aren't going to respond to this thread, are they...

Yeah, I was gonna say...

#28 Posted by BisonHero (6835 posts) -

Remember the Whiskey Media Radio Show? With Dave? I know they did one of those after the move to CBSi, because I asked if they'd ever bring back the big red phone at the new office (probably not).

Anyway, this thread is a good question for that now nonexistent show. But I feel like they maybe can't be quite as transparent about stats now with CBSi?

Anyway, I miss Dave.

#29 Posted by subyman (655 posts) -

I started with Arrow Pointing Down and naturally moved straight into the site when they launched it.

#30 Posted by Brother_PipPop (259 posts) -
#31 Posted by expensiveham (294 posts) -

I discovered Giant Bomb on iTunes, then followed their video stuff but only recently made an account on the site.

#32 Edited by automatontribe (198 posts) -

Just the idea that some people listen to the podcast without ever visiting the site is kind of crazy to me.

#33 Posted by MattyFTM (14424 posts) -

It's impossible to know for sure, but there is definitely a significant portion of the podcast audience that don't frequent the site. That is probably the case for a lot of popular podcasts. I know when I was really into podcasts I used to listen to a bunch and didn't visit most of their websites.

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#34 Posted by BisonHero (6835 posts) -

@automatontribe: Yeah, I feel like I have way better context of what the GB guys like to play, and which of their opinions are relevant to my interests, from the wealth of video content. Coming to the podcast without that would be strange. Or maybe you do get that stuff (Vinny's fixation on story and getting 100% completion, etc.) from the podcast eventually, but it takes longer.

#35 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2972 posts) -

I come to the site, but only for the text based reviews and for the video that does not show up on YouTube. I get the podcast from a RSS feed that links to the podcast download program I use on my smartphone. I hardly ever use the link on the site for the podcast, nor do I listen to it very often using their onsite player.

The RSS feeds are just some much more convenient for the podcasts. The the funny part about podcast in general is most people making podcast say, "Like Us on iTunes" but I don't use iTunes for podcasts. I don't know anyone who listens to podcasts who does use Apple/iTunes. Yet, I guess the amount of downloads from iTunes is significant or they have a nice tool to show how often it happens...whatever.

#36 Posted by RazielCuts (2984 posts) -

@beachthunder said:

Well, those people aren't going to respond to this thread, are they...

Yeah, I was gonna say...

Ha.

If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

#37 Posted by Flappy (2332 posts) -

@droop: Those are the weirdest bunch in my eyes. They make comments like:

"This 'Quick Look' isn't very quick!"

"Patrick is a (insert insult here)!"

"Omg Sara is so hooooooooot!"

#38 Posted by Itwongo (1236 posts) -

I did this for the first few months after learning of GB's existence.

#39 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1087 posts) -

I listened to Arrow Pointing Down podcast and was one of the first few people to post on the site when it opened up.

As for the original topic, I think this applies to a lot of podcasts and websites out there. I used to listen to many tech podcasts but never go to the sites.

#40 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3973 posts) -

Oh yeah I listen and I never come to Giant Bomb DOT Com.

#41 Posted by Nightriff (5261 posts) -

I listened a week or two before I checked out the site, don't understand how someone could just have one or the other, seems odd.

#42 Posted by ikilledthedj (331 posts) -

I watch every podcast

and listen to every video the site does

#43 Posted by BisonHero (6835 posts) -

@nightriff said:

I listened a week or two before I checked out the site, don't understand how someone could just have one or the other, seems odd.

If anything, for someone interested solely in gaming (as opposed to being interested in hearing more of Jeff, Vinny, et. al), you could sorta skip the podcast, since most of the entertaining bits (the first hour or so where they talk about what they've been doing in the past week) aren't about games half the time and are sorta predicated on you liking the personalities involved. As for the rest of the podcast, it's sorta skippable? I don't know anyone who really thinks that the news section or the email section are the reason they listen to the podcast. I listen to the whole podcast, I'm just saying I don't think anyone is really drawn to the podcast because they're dying to hear a quick runthrough of major news stories and some listener questions.

If anything, the podcast actually glosses over what they think of current games pretty heavily, since a lot of times they will just say "If you want to know more about that game, the Quick Look is up on the site", and they give a fairly brief description of the game because they don't want to just repeat all of what was said on the Quick Look. If you actual want thorough game coverage, the video content on the site is way better about telling you about new video game releases than the podcast.

#44 Posted by Zeik (2673 posts) -

I originally came to Giantbomb exclusively for their Persona 4 Endurance Run and it took several months before I started visited the site outside of that regularly, so it doesn't surprise me all that much that there are people who only listen to the Bombcast. Especially since you don't actually have to come to Giantbomb to get it.

#45 Posted by afabs515 (1264 posts) -

Wait... there's a website?

#46 Edited by Fattony12000 (7597 posts) -

A webwhat?

#47 Posted by GalacticPunt (1092 posts) -
#48 Posted by MC_Hify (347 posts) -

I think Jeff said it was in the six figures.

#49 Posted by ripelivejam (4631 posts) -
#50 Posted by supamon (1334 posts) -

@ch3burashka said:

@beachthunder said:

Well, those people aren't going to respond to this thread, are they...

Yeah, I was gonna say...

Ha.

If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

Exactomondo.

I wonder how people knew the pope pooped in the woods though.