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#1 Edited by Cincaid (2956 posts) -

Happy new year, and I hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you! It's been a year since my last blog filled with stats, so I thought I'd continue this new tradition now that we're stepping into a new year! From the very first quick look (Legendary, August 27 2008) to the very last of 2013, we're now looking at 1,558 videos!

Adding all the videos together in length they add up to a total of 794 hours 6 minutes and 29 seconds. That's 47,646 minutes and 29 seconds! If you started watching them right now without pause you wouldn't be done until 33 days later, so start that marathon already!

Top 5 Shortest Quick Looks

The top 5 shortest quick looks are the same as last year, meaning that no quick look posted during 2013 made the list. I guess that's a good thing?

Top 5 Longest Quick Looks

In the top 5 longest quick looks we have 3 new winners from 2013, and they're all in the top spots! There are now 72 quick looks that are longer than an hour in length.

Stats By Year

  • 8 quick looks during 2008 (Average length 12,9 minutes)
  • 231 quick looks during 2009 (Average length 21,3 minutes) (4,44 per week on average)
  • 344 quick looks during 2010 (Average length 25,5 minutes) (6,61 per week on average)
  • 343 quick looks during 2011 (Average length 32,1 minutes) (6,59 per week on average)
  • 342 quick looks during 2012 (Average length 34,3 minutes) (6,58 per week on average)
  • 290 quick looks during 2013 (Average length 38,3 minutes) (5,57 per week on average)

This is probably the most interesting stat for me. The number of quick looks dropped quite a bit in 2013, but the average length went up by quite a lot. This could be a result of a console generation slowing down, and my guess is that we'll see the number of quick looks jump up again in 2014 with two new hot consoles on the market. Either way, I'm glad to see an increase in average length!

So there you have it! I hope you all enjoyed 2013 as much as me, even if we all experienced the tragic loss of a hero on the staff. It might not mean a lot coming from me, but I miss you a lot Ryan Davis.

I'll see you in 2014!

/ Chris aka Cincaid

ENDURANCE RUN BONUS STATS!

Chrono Trigger (Ryan & Patrick)

  • 42 episodes (First episode 11/28 2011, last episode 01/24 2012)
  • Total size (High Quality): 7,93GB
  • Total length: 29 hours 51 minutes 13 seconds (1 day 5 hours 51 minutes 13 seconds)
  • Average length of an episode: 42,6 minutes

Deadly Premonition (Brad & Ryan)

  • 41 episodes (First episode 04/05 2010, last episode 05/31 2010)
  • Total size (High Quality): 14,6GB
  • Total length: 25 hours 54 minutes 17 seconds (1 day 1 hour 54 minutes 17 seconds)
  • Average length of an episode: 37,9 minutes

Deadly Premonition (Vinny & Jeff)

  • 38 episodes (First episode 04/05 2010, last episode 05/26 2010)
  • Total size (High Quality): 14,3GB
  • Total length: 25 hours 59 minutes 32 seconds (1 day 1 hour 59 minutes 32 seconds)
  • Average length of an episode: 41 minutes

Persona 4 (Vinny & Jeff)

  • 155 episodes (First episode 02/09 2009, last episode 09/18 2009)
  • Total size (High Quality): 40,2GB
  • Total length: 99 hours 46 minutes 37 seconds (4 days 3 hours 46 minutes 37 seconds)
  • Average length of an episode: 38,6 minutes

NUMBER OF DAYS SINCE LAST 'OFFICIAL' ENDURANCE RUN: 708 days (1 year, 11 months, 8 days)

#2 Posted by A_Deep_Mushroom (88 posts) -

Best way to ring in the new year is with numbers. Nice work duder!

#3 Edited by BIGJEFFREY (4958 posts) -

persona 5 endurance run 2015! Believe

#4 Posted by superpow (227 posts) -

Interesting figures. Someone's gotta do it.

Happy New Year everyone!

#5 Posted by TruthTellah (8805 posts) -

Fantastic! I love it. Quite the stats.

I'd guess part of the drop in Quick Looks was also due to Ryan's passing(one less main player), but I would be curious about whether you include stats from Patrick's Quick Look Solos or glimpses at indie games, as those seem like they would fit. Not to mention how the growth of Unprofessional Fridays factors into it. I would love to see even more raw data! ;)

#6 Posted by joshwent (2172 posts) -

Oh noes! Those Sprint 8 and GTI club links send me to a 404. Or is it... 40(201)4?

Anyways, nice stats. Here's to another 33 straight days full of GB goodness yet to come!

#7 Posted by Hero_Swe (1131 posts) -

Impressive

#8 Edited by Cincaid (2956 posts) -
@joshwent said:

Oh noes! Those Sprint 8 and GTI club links send me to a 404. Or is it... 40(201)4?

All links have been updated, sorry about that!

@truthtellah said:

I would be curious about whether you include stats from Patrick's Quick Look Solos or glimpses at indie games, as those seem like they would fit.

Stats include everything that's filed under the "quick look"-subcategory on the website! I believe all of Patrick's solo stuff and even encyclopedia bombastica are included there.

#9 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

Incoming moderator seal of approval?

#10 Posted by TruthTellah (8805 posts) -

@cincaid said:
@truthtellah said:

I would be curious about whether you include stats from Patrick's Quick Look Solos or glimpses at indie games, as those seem like they would fit.

Stats include everything that's filed under the "quick look"-subcategory on the website! I believe all of Patrick's solo stuff and even encyclopedia bombastica are included there.

Ah, I see. Good. I wonder if someone could figure out how many games and for how long they played them during Unprofessional Fridays, because I think many of the Quick Looks they might have done in the past(especially shorter ones) have now been rolled into Unprofessional Fridays videos. Which would account for a noticeable drop this year. Just a thought.

Considering the implications of this data is interesting.

#11 Edited by ripelivejam (3810 posts) -

Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forfty percent of all people know that.

#12 Posted by Szlifier (488 posts) -

Good job on these. I've got some raw numbers over here http://qlcrew.com/timeline.php.

Brad and Vinny did more Quick Looks this year than ever before, but the lack of Jeff & Ryan and Patrick & Ryan duos took a significant hit on the overall numbers anyway.

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#13 Posted by fetchfox (1260 posts) -

Some great statistic there friendo, nicely done!

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#14 Posted by Zaccheus (1792 posts) -

Those are some pretty numbers, thanks.

#15 Posted by JauntyHat (323 posts) -

There was quite a lot going on this year that probably caused the amount of Quicklooks to go down

#17 Posted by dudeglove (7758 posts) -

I love how Brad ultimately only ended up taking 5 minutes longer than Vinny and Jeff for Deadly Premonition.

#18 Edited by csl316 (8458 posts) -

They started doing a bunch more 3 or 4 person QL's in the back half of the year, so that's another factor. Which I'm fine with, group QL's rule.

#19 Edited by TheHT (11153 posts) -
@cincaid said:

NUMBER OF DAYS SINCE LAST 'OFFICIAL' ENDURANCE RUN: 708 days (1 year, 11 months, 8 days)

Oh wow, it doesn't feel like it's been almost 2 years since an Endurance Run.

#20 Posted by ElmerGlue (31 posts) -

@theht said:
@cincaid said:

NUMBER OF DAYS SINCE LAST 'OFFICIAL' ENDURANCE RUN: 708 days (1 year, 11 months, 8 days)

Oh wow, it doesn't feel like it's been almost 2 years since and Endurance Run.

I really need a fix. I hope Persona 5 heralds in a new endurance run upon its release.

#21 Posted by Nightriff (4994 posts) -

We got the BioForge Endurance Run so be happy people

#22 Edited by HistoryInRust (6293 posts) -

Pretty cool stuff!

I was always curious about the Quick Look data from the Giant Bomb side of the fence. They can't just be making longer videos more frequently for kicks, right?

I mean, that's probably some of it, of course. But I'm sure they have data on their end that shows, in pain mathematical terms, that people are watching their extended content front to back. Sort of like the Youtube Analytic where content creators can gauge average retention.

Thanks for putting this all together, @cincaid!

#23 Posted by Snail (8595 posts) -

Stats!!!

#24 Posted by IamTerics (409 posts) -

I was surprised by a lot of these stats. I do no believe that that I actually watched almost 100 hours of Persona 4. Good write up duder!

#25 Edited by zombiepenguin9 (533 posts) -

I hope 2014 brings more 2+ hour simulation QLs.

#26 Edited by LiquidPrince (15912 posts) -

Sweet ass numbers. NUMBERS.

#27 Posted by dr_mantas (1840 posts) -

Look at dem STATS!

#28 Posted by Dethfish (3646 posts) -

I love stats!

There's been enough supplemental stuff (like Bioforge and Dark Souls) that it's been easy to forget it's been so long since an official endurance run.

#29 Edited by crithon (3138 posts) -

epic stats

so lets play came after quick looks? or lets play was the something awful forums text rant against Final Fantasy 7 Dirge of Cerberus? But then it became personality driven?

#30 Posted by Undeadpool (4924 posts) -

Finally some damn PROOF that there aren't "fewer and fewer Quick Looks every year!"

Thanks, duder!

#31 Posted by Chango (507 posts) -

Brilliant work.

#32 Posted by Nentisys (889 posts) -

Amazing work duder.

Eurotruck, longest QL, best QL? HELL YEA!

#33 Edited by MrWakka (99 posts) -

@undeadpool said:

Finally some damn PROOF that there aren't "fewer and fewer Quick Looks every year!"

Thanks, duder!

Y'know, I am not one of those guys who thinks there has been a drop year after year, though this year it did seem noticeable, but understandable with all that happened. However, technically those stats prove there have been a decline since 2010 in the number of quick looks. The fact it was always by one until this year almost makes me think it was some long con trolling going on.

Blows my mind that there have been that many games released each year though. usually by the end of the year I can only think of a handful of noteworthy ones, yet here they are doing hundreds of quick looks.

#34 Posted by Brenderous (1099 posts) -

Those commas should be periods.

#35 Edited by Frobitz (185 posts) -

@undeadpool said:

Finally some damn PROOF that there aren't "fewer and fewer Quick Looks every year!"

Thanks, duder!

I think I remember on the podcast they were saying the Quick Looks are probably more important than any preview articles they could write, possibly even up there with reviews as what they think the most important content is for users to make their minds up about a game.

So yeah, I can't see them reducing them. I bet it's just there's a whole load of other content that kinda feels like its increasing the time between QL's.

Brads DOTA 2 sessions for instance... -_-

#36 Edited by MrCaptain (364 posts) -

@undeadpool said:

Finally some damn PROOF that there aren't "fewer and fewer Quick Looks every year!"

Thanks, duder!

It actually proofs the opposite, that they are fewer and fewer. But they get longer and longer!

#37 Posted by Scampbell (497 posts) -

I really don't mind the lack of endurance runs, there is already around a million "endurance runs" on You Tube.

#38 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5432 posts) -

This truly is one Giant Bomb of awesomeness.

#39 Edited by Cretaceous_Bob (506 posts) -

@brenderous said:

Those commas should be periods.

Don't tell Europe how to be.

#40 Posted by JacDG (2120 posts) -

@theht said:
@cincaid said:

NUMBER OF DAYS SINCE LAST 'OFFICIAL' ENDURANCE RUN: 708 days (1 year, 11 months, 8 days)

Oh wow, it doesn't feel like it's been almost 2 years since and Endurance Run.

I really need a fix. I hope Persona 5 heralds in a new endurance run upon its release.

I didn't even watch the last one, so it's been even longer for me. Don't even feel that long.

#41 Posted by Veektarius (4772 posts) -

@jacdg said:

@elmerglue said:

@theht said:
@cincaid said:

NUMBER OF DAYS SINCE LAST 'OFFICIAL' ENDURANCE RUN: 708 days (1 year, 11 months, 8 days)

Oh wow, it doesn't feel like it's been almost 2 years since and Endurance Run.

I really need a fix. I hope Persona 5 heralds in a new endurance run upon its release.

I didn't even watch the last one, so it's been even longer for me. Don't even feel that long.

Yeah, it's tough to watch em play a game you already know so well. Or it was for me.

#42 Edited by Beforet (2916 posts) -

@jacdg said:

@elmerglue said:

@theht said:
@cincaid said:

NUMBER OF DAYS SINCE LAST 'OFFICIAL' ENDURANCE RUN: 708 days (1 year, 11 months, 8 days)

Oh wow, it doesn't feel like it's been almost 2 years since and Endurance Run.

I really need a fix. I hope Persona 5 heralds in a new endurance run upon its release.

I didn't even watch the last one, so it's been even longer for me. Don't even feel that long.

Yeah, it's tough to watch em play a game you already know so well. Or it was for me.

Eh, I still need to watch their unofficial Endurance Runs (Load Our Last Souls etc) before I can start thinking about a daily series of gamin.

#43 Edited by YOUNGLINK (546 posts) -

Stat porn! #statporn

#44 Posted by VoshiNova (1677 posts) -

I love love love the info~!

Happy new year~!

#45 Posted by Dagbiker (6972 posts) -

See, I knew it, giantbomb is making less quicklooks for the same amount of money. They only made 185.1 hours of video content this year, and last year they made a whole 195.5 hours of content. i want my 5$ back!

#46 Edited by Brackynews (4064 posts) -

Oh Dag, you cwazy.

@nightriff said:

We got the BioForge Endurance Run so be happy people

I'm comfortable with Vinny's performance on all the Dark Souls content as well. The staff are just particular about classifying things in the video category.

#47 Posted by Nightriff (4994 posts) -

Oh Dag, you cwazy.

@nightriff said:

We got the BioForge Endurance Run so be happy people

I'm comfortable with Vinny's performance on all the Dark Souls content as well. The staff are just particular about classifying things in the video category.

Agreed but Dark Souls wasn't the full game where BioForge was. Either way I could go for another real ER with videos every day, something exciting and thrilling about it.

#48 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

@cincaid: Interesting numbers. Thanks for this!

#49 Posted by AlchemistZer0 (45 posts) -

nice info dump

#50 Posted by Undeadpool (4924 posts) -

@mrcaptain: I'm not sure there's enough to call that a trend. The two years prior it fell once per year (which isn't really, in my opinion, worth the inevitable annual forum thread of "Why aren't there as many Quick Looks as there used to be?!" And this year, I'm gonna say there was a pretty obvious reason for substantially fewer QLs. Plus we got Breaking Brad and Load Our Last Souls to smile at.