I asked for it, and I got it: stats on my YouTube channel! This may not be terribly interesting to you but here it is anyways because it’s the only time I really look back at what I’ve recorded. Once again things were on the up and up for me with a few milestones in 2016.
It was the year that I topped 1,000 subscribers (Hi to the 404 new ones) and just over a million minutes watched! My videos racked up 441,695 views, a 23% increase over the year before. Unfortunately, the average view duration dropped again, down 11% to 2 minutes and 25 seconds. It’s been dropping steadily since 2013 though which I think is more indicative of the YouTube audience in general than just my annoying voice.
Total Likes of 3,173 far outweighed the Dislikes of 126 and 699 comments were posted. My heart jumped every time I saw a new comment come in, fully expecting the worst. Yes, plenty of them were filled with irrational name calling but I think a greater percentage were positive; thanking me for taking the time to record something obscure or being constructive on my production. Loads of them were also to lament the Kojima/Konami split and theorize what P.T. would’ve been like.
The single most viewed video was a returning favorite, the beloved Battletanx “Snuggle Bear” commercial with 49,953 new views for a lifetime total of 86,764. It made its way to some of the people involved in the commercial last year and we found out that Jamie Hyneman and Co. were behind the production and that Trip Hawkins went to court to defend the commercial from the Snuggle Bear owners.
The remainder of my Top 10 most viewed videos were all familiar faces from years past. The Speed Racer movie game, Body Harvest and Metal Gear Solid V each had tens of thousands of new views. Sadly, my all-new 2016 uploads fell much shorter but there were some highlights. Here’s a quick Top 5 of original 2016 content:
4,884 views Hands-On with the PlayStation 4 Universal Media Remote
3,545 views 2016 Emulation Station Theme – ‘Striation’ Final Release 1.0!
1,806 views Let it Die: All (Beginning) Naomi Detox dialog
1,669 views Spelunker World: How Upgrades, Item Fusion and Litho-Stones Work
810 views NBA Jam: The Music Videos VHS (1994)
Finally, the heavy hitters. Here’s the rundown on new views in 2016 for my most regularly watched series:
94,017 views Metal Gear Solid V [Music Tape 1]
83,847 views Speed Racer: The Videogame
60,455 views GameLuv Retro
including 31,050 from “Snuggle Bear”
including 2,313 from Nintendo’s E3 2001 Conference
22,700 views Delisted Games Videos
17,462 views Body Harvest series