Podtacular

Here you will find an archive of all Podtacular Podcasts, all the way back to the beginning.

Podtacular 492: The End of the Road?

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The finale of Hunt the Truth finds Ben Giraud with a treasure trove of information on the attacks at the embassy on Bliss involving the Master Chief.  He’s going all out with his story, taking everything he’s discovered and going full distribution on prime time.  As he’s done in the past, he transfers all the data he just mined to Ray for safe keeping and gets a hold of Anthony Petrovsky to give him the time and place things will go down. Petra Janecek checks up on what he found only to learn of his last ditch effort to bring down ONI bit he also takes a moment to thank her for everything she’s done for him. Now the only question that remains is will it be enough this time. We would like to thank Toa Freak again for being with us to the end of this extraordinary series.

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Podtacular 491: PrE3 Halo Hype

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With the lead up to E3, Game Informer delivers a dump truck load of Halo information revealing more about the campaign we’ll be playing in October and hinting at an all new multiplayer experience that we’ll get to see at the expo.  We get full details confirming the members of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris unveiling the identify of the red Spartan as Olympia Vale.  A new multiplayer map, Fathom was revealed being underwater inside a glass dome.  There’s a lot of other campaign and multiplayer related info that will hopefully be expanded upon at E3 including the new Artemus Tracking System equipped by Osiris.

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Podtacular 490: What Lies Beneath

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Our second to last episode covering the Hunt the Truth campaign, we find Ben about ready to give up on his hunt when he’s attacked by ONI and saved by FERO. With renewed commitment after FERO told Ben she was about to risk her life to bring down ONI, he steps up and pursues the lead given to him by Petra, telling FERO to hold off on her attack.  Once on the planet Bliss, Ben heads straight for the coordinates in the middle of glassed wastelands.  Narrowly escaping a glass storm, he reaches his destination finding an abandoned ONI relay station.  What he finds is all the information he needs to corroborate Chief’s innocence on Biko and all the info on the actors, himself and John that he could ever want to finally bring ONI to justice.  Again we are joined by Toa Freak from Halo Canon.

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Podtacular Special: 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser

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Earlier this week, we launched our 10 Year Anniversary RTX Reunion Party Fundraiser asking the Halo community to help us fund hosting a party for Halo fans.  We have lots of plans for our anniversary panel and a laundry list of things we want to do there and our party.  343 Industries and other companies have already offered up some Halo swag for us to give away and help make our anniversary celebration a success.  Please check out our Indiegogo campaign, consider donating and most importantly, share with other Halo fans.

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Podtacular 489: Ramblings of the Third Kind

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Following up on a pretty quiet news week, the gang decides to talk about some theories behind the Hunt the Truth podcast and how things may play into Halo 5: Guardians later this year.  We touch on the subject of FERO’s involvement with the Insurrection, Sapien Sunrise’s end game and possible influence on humanity, and the possibility of seeing some of the characters from the podcast either in the upcoming TV show or game.  We also dive a bit into the campaign play style from past games and talk about what we would like to see with it in Halo 5 and future games.  Normal shenanigans and ramblings ensue and we look forward to returning to normal on our next episode.

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Podtacular 488: Silence of Biko

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Ben finds himself waiting in the dark of his hideout where he’s waiting for his contact, but trying to keep up with what’s happening after his stunt.  After one stormy night, Ray shows up a day early delivering good news that the Chief was innocent from the case on Biko.  Turns out a group by the name Sapien Sunrise, a terrorist organization against the alliance with aliens, attempted to infiltrate the ranks of Sekibo to assassinate him, which Chief miraculously prevented.  While Biko requested assistance against these terrorists, the UEG placed a gag order on the planet, even after the footage leaks.  While there was evidence to support it, Ray’s contact was unable to recover the evidence needed to make the compelling case.  Following up with Petra, per request of Ray wanting to check up on his family, Ben receives a tip from her for a 72 hour window and coordinates on Bliss, that was an opportunity she said he couldn’t pass up.  After receiving the news, he headed back to his place to retrieve some hidden stuff in his apartment.  When he arrived, the building was condemned, every room wrapped in plastic with doors open, except for his, which was completely gutted. We are pleased once again to have Toa Freak or Halo Canon on YouTube back on the show to discuss this week’s episode.

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Podtacular 487: Signal Archive

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The Hunt the Signal contest has come to a close, lasting less than two weeks until a winner was declared.  Similar to previous pre-launch ARGs, this contest heavily involved the use of cryptography to solve a myriad of puzzles to progress as a team of four.  Starting off with a mysterious signal embedded at the end of the sixth Hunt the Truth episode, the contest launched with a link to StolenGauntlet.com.  From there people waited for the countdown to reach the end and start the contest.  Many teams tried to solve the puzzles, but the victors came from a group behind the Twitter account ONISEC3.  How they got there is this episode’s topic.  To follow along, there’s a Waypoint forum thread here, and we also recommend checking out Halo Canon’s videos here and here.

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Podtacular 486: Hacked Revelations

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Ben is just about ready to blow open ONI’s dark secrets waiting for a few more pieces to fall into place.  Wrapping up a recording session with Anthony Petrovsky’s testimony of the Spartan program, he finally gets the last bit of data he needs from Mashak to make his case.  He even goes one step further cleaning up a police report behind one of the cases where a Spartan abductee ran into his clone, which Ben decided not to use.  FERO, with her impeccable timing cuts off Mashak and get’s Ben ready to blow the story up to the UEG senators, throwing out his journalistic integrity in one fell swoop.  He manages to make it through the whole process and deliver his final testimony as FERO’s hack was curbed, but not before Sully told Ben he was done for good.  With Ben now a fugitive of ONI, out of money and lost contact with the outer colonies, we’re left to wonder what will happen to him and everyone involved with his discoveries. We also explore another possibility behind the identity of FERO thanks to an article over on Halo Archive that suggests, somewhat convincingly, that she could be Ilsa Zane, a Spartan IV washout turned Innie.

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Podtacular 485: ODST/Remnant Interview with Dan Ayoub and JP Eaton

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Halo 3: ODST and Remnant are now available for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  Before the release, had the chance to talk with Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer at 343 Industries, and JP Eaton, Lead Environment Artist at Certain Affinity about these additions to the collection.  As we talked with Dan, we discussed the challenges facing the team bringing Halo 3: ODST to the collection with the different campaign flow the game offered, the decision to not include Firefight, achievements we’ll see, and what changes were made to the game to make it fit with the collection.  Flipping over to Remnant, we talked with JP about the differences between Relic and Remnant, the reasoning behind choosing Relic to remake, and what new features we could expect with the map.

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Podtacular 484: Ultimate Halo

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While Hunt the Truth is in full swing grabbing all the attention of the lore nuts, the MCC is due for a major release in the coming days as Relic and ODST are scheduled to hit by the end of this month.  We’re still eagerly awaiting a release date, but hopefully something soon comes up.  In the meantime, there’s not much else going on in current game news, but communities are thriving and more seem to be popping up and growing.  One such community is Ultimate Halo headed up by Wangtim3.  We had him on our show previously when he was still doing his own stuff, but now he’s brought together a team of personalities generating YouTube content that covers a wide array of Halo topics.  We also did our own dramatic reading of the latest GrifballHub comic and go through our mailbag once again.

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