...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.
I used the site for years without really visiting the forums. Now I'm a level 1 Nerd who uses them.
I wish I was as cool as the Level 3 Nerds.
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.
That checks out.
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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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