4 Years, 4 Months, and 1,268 Quick Looks Later

After buying my new computer in November with an impressive (for me) 2TB hard drive I decided to download pretty much every video published on Giant Bomb in 'High' quality. Why? Well, when the bombs start falling and the zombies are clawing at my door and my ISP's office is burned to the ground, I'd at least have thousands of videos to keep me entertained until I go under. So I decided to do some stats on the 1,268 quick looks that you can find on Giant Bomb! I know the page says 1,269 videos, but that's because put the Thursday Night Throwdown 12/06/12 under quick looks rather than its proper page, tsk tsk.

So what are we looking at here? Starting with the first quick look of Legendary (which was an EX!) from August 27 2008, they've made a total of 1,268 quick looks. It was very interesting to see how the quick look format changed over the years; in the beginning it was often someone doing it alone with little commentary, and there were a lot of DLC quick looks (there are a lot of Burnout Paradise, Fallout 3 and Fable II DLC quick looks!) in the first months. A note here is that there are a lot of 'demo' and 'beta' quicklooks, that later were made into 'proper' quick looks. I still count them however, since they officially named them quick looks.

Adding all the videos together in length they add up to a total of 608 hours 50 minutes and 12 seconds. That's 36,530 minutes and 12 seconds! If you started watching them right now without pause you wouldn't be done until 25,3 days later, so start that marathon already!

Top 5 Shortest Quick Looks

I'm not counting the Killzone 2 quick look from February 2009 which was, for some reason, split up into three shorter quick looks. Otherwise part 2 and 3 from that would be here instead of the Altitude and Need for Speed: The Run quick looks. Also, the Sprint 8 quick look is sort of special since it was recorded at California Extreme 2010.

Top 5 Longest Quick Looks

Three quick looks from 2012 being in the top five! And a whooping total of 41 quick looks are lasting for more than an hour.

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)

So yeah, it's not often quick looks are posted on saturdays or sundays, but it does happen. Since 2010 the amount of quick looks increased heavily over 2009, and has since been a steady number. The average length have gone up with each year by quite a lot; a quick look in 2012 was on average 13 minutes longer than a quick look made in 2009.

So there you have it! All the quick look stats you'd ever want, at least until 2013 starts rolling out. All the quick looks in 'High' detail takes up 291GB of hard drive space, which I gladly offer. I might add that the total size of my Giant Bomb folder is 471GB, but that's with all the Endurance Runs, Subscriber Videos, and pretty much anything else I deem worthy of downloading.

Have a great 2013, and maybe I'll do this again next new year's day! And sorry for any grammatical errors, but I'm a dumb Swede after all.

/ Chris

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
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Edited by Cincaid

After buying my new computer in November with an impressive (for me) 2TB hard drive I decided to download pretty much every video published on Giant Bomb in 'High' quality. Why? Well, when the bombs start falling and the zombies are clawing at my door and my ISP's office is burned to the ground, I'd at least have thousands of videos to keep me entertained until I go under. So I decided to do some stats on the 1,268 quick looks that you can find on Giant Bomb! I know the page says 1,269 videos, but that's because put the Thursday Night Throwdown 12/06/12 under quick looks rather than its proper page, tsk tsk.

So what are we looking at here? Starting with the first quick look of Legendary (which was an EX!) from August 27 2008, they've made a total of 1,268 quick looks. It was very interesting to see how the quick look format changed over the years; in the beginning it was often someone doing it alone with little commentary, and there were a lot of DLC quick looks (there are a lot of Burnout Paradise, Fallout 3 and Fable II DLC quick looks!) in the first months. A note here is that there are a lot of 'demo' and 'beta' quicklooks, that later were made into 'proper' quick looks. I still count them however, since they officially named them quick looks.

Adding all the videos together in length they add up to a total of 608 hours 50 minutes and 12 seconds. That's 36,530 minutes and 12 seconds! If you started watching them right now without pause you wouldn't be done until 25,3 days later, so start that marathon already!

Top 5 Shortest Quick Looks

I'm not counting the Killzone 2 quick look from February 2009 which was, for some reason, split up into three shorter quick looks. Otherwise part 2 and 3 from that would be here instead of the Altitude and Need for Speed: The Run quick looks. Also, the Sprint 8 quick look is sort of special since it was recorded at California Extreme 2010.

Top 5 Longest Quick Looks

Three quick looks from 2012 being in the top five! And a whooping total of 41 quick looks are lasting for more than an hour.

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)

So yeah, it's not often quick looks are posted on saturdays or sundays, but it does happen. Since 2010 the amount of quick looks increased heavily over 2009, and has since been a steady number. The average length have gone up with each year by quite a lot; a quick look in 2012 was on average 13 minutes longer than a quick look made in 2009.

So there you have it! All the quick look stats you'd ever want, at least until 2013 starts rolling out. All the quick looks in 'High' detail takes up 291GB of hard drive space, which I gladly offer. I might add that the total size of my Giant Bomb folder is 471GB, but that's with all the Endurance Runs, Subscriber Videos, and pretty much anything else I deem worthy of downloading.

Have a great 2013, and maybe I'll do this again next new year's day! And sorry for any grammatical errors, but I'm a dumb Swede after all.

/ Chris

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
Posted by Ramone

I fucking love statistics.

Posted by Claude

When it clicks, keep 'em coming back for more. Stats Galore!

Posted by dungbootle

Interesting post duder

Posted by Pazy

@Cincaid said:

I'm not counting the Killzone 2 quick look from February 2009 which was, for some reason, split up into three shorter quick looks. Otherwise part 2 and 3 from that would be here instead of the Altitude and Need for Speed: The Run quick looks.

I believe the reason was Embargo related, I think were specifically allowed 3 minutes of footage of time for a total of 9 minutes. I dont remember the exact figures but it was crazy specific.

Posted by Cincaid

@Pazy: I figured it was something like that, but still didn't count them since that's no fun! :D

Posted by zudthespud

Nice job, It's really peculiar that the number of Quick Looks a year stayed so close over the last 3 years given things like console launches on different years.

Posted by Thompson820

Awesome run-down. As someone who has downloaded every Endurance Run and thought that was crazy, you're in a league above.

Posted by zyn

Wow! Thanks for the info Chris!

(no sarcasm)

Posted by cutyoface

Nice job. I could never even attempt to do something like this.

Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

Man thats alot of games.

Posted by Azteck

One less than last year! This is an outrage!!!

Posted by UlquioKani

Average length going up each year didn't surprise me. Also, I could have sworn there were quick looks much longer than 1 hour 42 minutes

Posted by MaFoLu

Wait, that's a lot of Quick Looks... 
I think I've watched pretty much all of them... holy crap!  

Anyone wanna take bets on how many Quick Looks will be done in 2013? I say 3, maybe 4.

Posted by Philedius

Statistics are rad!

Posted by kre8havoc

That's actually less space than I thought all videos on GB would take up

Posted by RollingZeppelin

@Azteck said:

One less than last year! This is an outrage!!!

See, I KNEW they were slacking off!

Posted by dawnofthesean

Was there ever any quick looks that had to be taken down? I heard that there used to be a lost & damned quick look.

Posted by cbk486

@dawnofthesean: If you check out the beta version of the site, that quick look is there.

Posted by csl316
@Ramone

I fucking love statistics.

Posted by villainy

Fuck. Yes. Thank you for making this post.

@Thompson820 said:

Awesome run-down. As someone who has downloaded every Endurance Run and thought that was crazy, you're in a league above.

Downloading every ER isn't crazy! How else am I supposed to deal with massively hung over January 1sts?

Posted by Xymox

@Cincaid: That's cool. But... How did you download them? One by one? That's like hours of work just for that... Unless there's an easier way?

Posted by Cincaid

@Xymox: That's exactly how I did it, haha. And yep, was done over several days. Even if my internet is quite fast it was mostly a rather boring process, heh.

Posted by Cold_Wolven

It's funny how 2010, 2011 and 2012 are so close in the amount of Quick Looks.

Posted by Walker_after_dark

@cbk486 said:

@dawnofthesean: If you check out the beta version of the site, that quick look is there.

Well, only part of it is there, it's been edited substantially from its original length (I think it ran 45 minutes, but I can't remember for sure, which is probably the issue that Rockstar had with it - assuming [and we all know what that does] that they were the ones who requested its removal)...

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

Cool stats.

Posted by Xymox

@Cincaid said:

@Xymox: That's exactly how I did it, haha. And yep, was done over several days. Even if my internet is quite fast it was mostly a rather boring process, heh.

Oh man. Yeah, I could imagine.

Downloading them (in like HD)still seems like such a great idea though... but perhaps I'm crazy.

Posted by Fattony12000

@Cincaid:

Just 'high' quality, huh? I've been doing this over the past year but in delicious HD quality. GO BACK AND DO IT ALL AGAIN!

You should turn this into a dope graph!

Posted by HerbieBug

fantastic.

Posted by Slag

Awesome awesome post.

really interesting how regular they have become with quick looks 344, 343, 342 /annum last 3 years . I wonder if that was intentional or not

Posted by amir90

How much space did it take?

Posted by Thompson820

@Cincaid said:

@Xymox: That's exactly how I did it, haha. And yep, was done over several days. Even if my internet is quite fast it was mostly a rather boring process, heh.

Pro-tip for future downloading ventures: JDownloader will save you an incredible amount of time.

(I am not associated with JDownloader in any way.)

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff
@Ramone said:

I fucking love statistics.

Posted by TheHT

Nightmare in North Point is the best of the long quick looks. The Midway one is good, but that Sleepin Dawgs is soooooooo goooooood.

Posted by Gmanall

You read my mind by making this! I know know that in the past 5 years about a month was spent on quicklooks! Now how many podcast hours counting from the arrow pointing down onward?

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Numbers make the world a better place.

Posted by Cincaid

@amir90: All the quick looks in 'High' detail takes up 291GB of hard drive space, which I gladly offer. I might add that the total size of my Giant Bomb folder is 471GB, but that's with all the Endurance Runs, Subscriber Videos, and pretty much anything else I deem worthy of downloading. (From the original post ^^)

Posted by sungahymn

So now when order comes back to the desolated world, the Bomb Squad will know who to call to re-upload their videos!

Posted by Froghourt

Wasn't there an outcry a few weeks ago over a "lack of content" (from the users)? Seems like these statistics disprove that, at least for quick looks.

Posted by Dethfish

Wow, they've almost done the same amount of Quick Looks for 3 years in a row. That's impressive.

Posted by TooWalrus

The first of October, 2001. The last moments of my life. Ten years since the exposure of the first Giant Bomb. A lot of things have changed since then.

Wait, nevermind.

Posted by Undeadpool

@MaFoLu said:

Wait, that's a lot of Quick Looks... I think I've watched pretty much all of them... holy crap! Anyone wanna take bets on how many Quick Looks will be done in 2013? I say 3, maybe 4.

I blame Patrick.

Posted by Jondan

Awesome blog entry. Good job collating all that data!

Posted by TorMasturba

@Cincaid: Wow! You kicked some ass with this!

Do you have any idea what the total playing time is for all of the episodes? I bet it's a super scary number!

Posted by UitDeToekomst

sheesh (yeah, I said it)... I have always been curious about this sort of thing, yet have never had the ambition to actually look into it.

Posted by dubios451

living in canada with my data plan it would cost me about 350 dollars to download 470ish gigs of giantbomb videos and I would be able to use the internet for the rest of the month

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I think the first Quick Look of 2013 is already the longest Quick Look they've done yet.

Thank goodness for Sleepy Dawgs and Vinny.

Posted by Maajin

At the rate the average lenght is increasing yearly, we better be prepared for 3 hour quick looks pretty soon. I know I am!

Posted by HaltIamReptar

I wonder what those numbers would look like if you didn't include console launches.

I'll bet you would see a huge drop off for this year.

Posted by Gerhabio

Has there really been that many? I think I've watched a vast majority too.

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