The Persona 4 Endurance Run Turns 10 Years Old

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#1 Edited by clagnaught (2136 posts) -

So this happened a decade ago:

The Persona 4 Endurance Run premiered on February 9th, 2009, ten years ago to the day.

Persona 4 / Persona 4: Golden will probably remain an all time classic game for me. Even ten years later, this still remains one of my favorite games of all-time. Likewise, the Endurance Run is still probably my personal favorite Giant Bomb series ever; even after coming to it years later and me playing through the game beginning to end four times. I can only imagine what it must have been like watching this play out live, day by day, week by week.

I was sitting on this for about two and a half years, but now seems like as good as time as any to share it. Back in 2016, I went through and made a Best Of series, featuring one highlight from all 155 episodes. While I was making that series, I ended up with an hour and half worth of "B-Sides" featuring funny moments and scenes that I couldn't fit into the main series for whatever reason. Uploading yet another Persona 4 video after 18 other videos seemed excessive, so I just held onto it. However, as this anniversary came closer, I thought sharing this would be a nice way to celebrate today.

Cheers Charlie!!

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#2 Posted by Humanity (18861 posts) -

Never watched it all the way through but it was definitely GB from a different era. While it's perfectly understandable why the site split up into two offices, I do feel the chemistry from those bygone days is something we just don't see on Giant Bomb anymore, which makes the Persona 4 Endurance Run all that much more special.

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#3 Posted by turboman (9908 posts) -

Awesome work duder! Though calling something "clips that didn't make it to the Best Of" a "Best Of" is interesting :).

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#4 Edited by TheWildCard (698 posts) -

Still amazed they stumbled into such a gem the way they did.

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#5 Edited by Ben_H (4198 posts) -

I saw it in "This Day in GB History" and was shocked when I realized that it's 10. Doesn't feel like 10 years ago but at the same time it also feels even longer than 10 years.

I started rewatching it. It still holds up and is still funny. The novelty of Jeff looking stuff up on his phone is pretty neat in retrospect. Nobody would blink if someone did something like that now, but back then it was kinda nuts because so few phones had actual usable web browsers.

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#6 Edited by Otacon (2337 posts) -

Wow that's crazy, I remember this coming up then not watching until about ep 11 because I wasn't interested in no anime game! But after that I was hooked, and love the game.

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#7 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2965 posts) -

Still my favorite piece of content on the site. Not to throw shade, there's been a lot of good videos throughout the years, but Vinny and Jeff playing through Persona 4 was just perfect. Best commentary team, one of the best games ever made, and one which lended itself perfectly to their jokes. Back when I first found Giant Bomb, these videos weren't the first I watched, but they were the ones that made me stick around. I appreciated your Best Of back then and I'm glad you had some more in the chamber for the anniversary! Great job on all accounts.

@turboman said:

Awesome work duder! Though calling something "clips that didn't make it to the Best Of" a "Best Of" is interesting :).

"Some of"

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#8 Posted by FLStyle (6676 posts) -

Shout-out to Funky Student, Mysterious Fox, Jeff & Vinny for introducing me to a franchise I'll play forlife. ER P4 is still one of my favourite GB shows.

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#9 Posted by OurSin_360 (6186 posts) -

I didn't watch it until like 2015 so it feels crazy that it was 10 years ago lol.

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#10 Posted by giant_frying_pan (109 posts) -

Today I start my 10th time watching the Endurance Run.

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#11 Edited by redwing42 (540 posts) -

This endurance run is what brought me to the site after being active on the GameFAQs Persona 4 (and 3) forums. It really started the tradition of very entertaining yet terribly frustrating content which is really a hallmark of the site (continued today by Mass Alex).

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#12 Posted by rkk667 (89 posts) -

I very recently finished watching Persona 4 The Animation and came back to the Endurance Run to re-view Jeff and Vinny's reactions to the dramatic beats, especially the last 1/4 to 1/3. Worth it. Timeless.

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#13 Edited by Marokai (3711 posts) -

2009 is such a different time from 2019, it's really wild. It's like, the first year riding high after the Bush Administration and just before everything started going right back down hill - the two main Endurance Runs (P4 and Deadly Premonition) exist in this weird bubble where everyone just seemed more hopeful for the future than they did otherwise.

I miss those features for multiple reasons, but time marches on. Still the best thing on the site. From a time when GB was still figuring shit out and felt like they were doing their awesome thing without getting too much attention and being under too much spotlight, which I think has made their content suffer more these days. Oh well. Enjoy the good thing for being the good thing.

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#14 Edited by Cerberus3Dog (1029 posts) -

A Let's Play before Let's Plays were a thing. And a great one at that. The Persona 4 Endurance Run is a defining aspect of this site to me.

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#15 Posted by bunkerbuster05 (510 posts) -

Wow. Can’t believe I’ve been here for 10 years. Watched it as it was premiering. Shit I’m getting OLD.

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#16 Posted by L1GHTN1N (1996 posts) -

There's not a lot of things that make me feel old, but the ER being 10 years old is certainly one of them. Geez...

Still my favorite piece of content on the site. Not to throw shade, there's been a lot of good videos throughout the years, but Vinny and Jeff playing through Persona 4 was just perfect. Best commentary team, one of the best games ever made, and one which lended itself perfectly to their jokes. Back when I first found Giant Bomb, these videos weren't the first I watched, but they were the ones that made me stick around.

This sums up my feelings on it. I came to GB around the end of the Endurance Run shortly after I'd finished P4 myself, and it wasn't the first videos on the site I started watching but it was definitely that series that made me "get" Giant Bomb. There's been amazing stuff since then and a lot of stuff that's probably better than the P4:ER, but when I think about Giant Bomb it's still one of the first things that comes to mind.

Your recaps of this are great as well and a lot easier to go back to then watching it for the 3rd (4th?) time, I look forward to sitting down with this one and a beer and going through some of it again.

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#17 Posted by liquiddragon (3460 posts) -

Imagine if they had played Persona 3 instead. A man can dream, a man can dream...

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#18 Posted by FacelessVixen (2638 posts) -

I don't care what anyone one says. The main character is still named Charlie Tunoku.

@liquiddragon said:

Imagine if they had played Persona 3 instead. A man can dream, a man can dream...

If I remember correctly, Jeff doesn't like Persona 3, so it wouldn't have gone well.

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#19 Posted by Humanity (18861 posts) -

@redhotchilimist: also they were just really different guys back then. You rewatch some of those earlier episodes and Vinny has some spicy humor you just don’t hear from Papa-Vinny of today.

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#20 Posted by TheChris (538 posts) -

Mr Young Detective Approves.

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#21 Posted by hydrotherion1979 (77 posts) -

Has it been 10 years already.... Awesome video.:)

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#22 Posted by ArbitraryWater (15726 posts) -

The slow, encroaching march of time continues and never ceases to terrify. 2009 might as well be another century for as removed as it feels from both my personal circumstances and the website as a whole.

That said, the P4 Endurance Run really does feel like one of those definitive moments in Giant Bomb’s history. It set the tone and style for a lot of what came after, and I think the site wouldn’t be the same without it. Heck, it got me to buy a PlayStation 2 for the purpose of playing Persona 3 and 4, which I don’t think I would’ve done otherwise.

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#23 Posted by soimadeanaccount (624 posts) -

I don't think Persona 3 would have work as well with them. The tone, the moments wouldn't match what Jeff and Vinny's bring.

It really was the perfect game at the time for this kind of series featuring them specifically.

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#24 Posted by DocHaus (2768 posts) -

@cerberus3dog: the Something Awful Forums would have multiple objections to that claim.

On-topic: holy crap it's really been 10 years? That was the video series that led me to actually play the series for the first time (P4G, natch) and indirectly led me to Anime Vice back when Whiskey Media still existed and was more of a wild west attitude, for better or worse. They never could quite recapture that magic of the Endurance Run in later attempts with Chrono Trigger (though the Metal Gear Solid run-throughs came close), but that was a fun series to experience for the first time.

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#25 Posted by SuperFusion (104 posts) -

I literally joined Giant Bomb 10 years ago because I heard from a streamer on justin.tv that they were starting a Persona 4 Endurance Run. This ER is especially meaningful to me as well because it ended on my birthday. :)

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#26 Posted by Bollard (8180 posts) -

Maybe it's finally time I watched this classic. The Deadly Premonition ER was my first Endurance Run (I watched both teams) and I loved it, but I've never found time to watch the P4 one, as much as I'm sure I'd enjoy it.

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#27 Posted by Crommi (404 posts) -

This post just made find a new rabbit-hole to fall into that are Persona cover-songs on Youtube. The ending song was not translated for English release, but even if it is not literal translation, it really made me nostalgic about my own playthrough all those years back:

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Her cover of "Heaven" (Nanako dungeon BGM) is also really nice.

I think I'll need to do another playthrough of P4 and P5.... P3 is good but the mood is bit too dark and overbearing for repeated playthroughs.

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