Podtacular

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

Podtacular 417: Spring Cleaning

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This podcast is a little late, due to some IRL things going on with the hosts, but we had a truck load of information roll on down last week. Ridley Scott will be working on a Halo Digital Feature that is separate from the Halo TV show, but to which many are speculating about the possibility of a Halo movie. Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will be coming to Windows Phone 8.1. The multiplayer service that offered the server browser for Halo: PC will be shutting down May 31, 2014. Finally, all your matchmaking updates are in this week’s Halo Bulletin.

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Podtacular 416: Steamed Halo

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Microsoft breaks out of their shell and has decided to put Halo on a platform other than the Microsoft Store or the Xbox Marketplace. On Wednesday, Waypoint announced that Spartan Assault will be coming to the Steam platform making the game available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 along with its Xbox and Windows 8 counterparts. Murmurs have started to come up regarding other Halo titles possibly coming to the Steam platform after last year’s findings by the community of having Halo: CE, Halo 2 and Halo 3 entries on the platform. Phil Spencer facilitates speculative talks about a Halo 2 Anniversary in that if it was being developed, it would have to be “fantastic”. The next few months of rotational matchmaking playlists has cropped up in this week’s Halo Bulletin. From podcasts long passed, we also dive into our mailbag and read out some of your thoughts.

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Podtacular 415: Orbital Drop Shock Titan

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Titanfall was one of 2014′s most anticipated games and it definitely lived up to the community driven hype it deserved. It kinda reminds you of another game that used to have that kind of appeal. This episode, we take a look at some of the things Halo can take away from the success of Titanfall and apply it to the future of the franchise. We’re not talking about copying gameplay mechanics, but rather ideals and development processes behind the game. aPolishKorean and Justin Bryce from the Drunken Halo Podcast join us in our two hour discussion about Titanfall and Halo. As usual, we cover the latest in Waypoint news, which deserves some special recognition this week. The lovely Jessica Shea has moved up in her Spartan training to become the Studio Operations Program Manager, leaving Andy Dudynsky to take the position of Community Manager. We congratulate both on their accomplishments and wish them the best in their new positions.

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Podtacular 414: Start Kicking Grif

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The Halo Community is one of great passion, commitment and generosity, so it’s no surprise that our guests from GrifballHub tonight already have a fully funded Kickstarter for a booth at RTX, all supported by the community. Goosechecka and Kalbelgarion give us the four-one-one on what their plans are for RTX this year where Podtacular will be in attendance. If you’re looking to help out fellow Spartans, than head on over to their Kickstarter and drop a few bucks. You’ll get some pretty cool stuff in return. In other community related news, Edgeworks Entertainment has released their full, uncut version of The Codex. If you’re looking for some good machinima from the days of old, this is a must see. You can also listen to Episode 80 of our podcast for an interview with some of the crew. Halo has also sparked some innovation… over on Project Spark that is where SEspider has been working on re-creating the Silent Cartographer mission from Halo: Combat Evolved. It’s very impressive given the current capabilities of the platform. In Halo Bulletin news this week, we get a closer look at the upcoming playlist Proving Grounds and some info on an Environment Artist position at 343 Industries.

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Podtacular 413: Proving Ground

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This week in Halo news, we get our first glances at the Cortana personal assistant coming to the Windows Phone 8.1 update. The Verge was able to get some time using the new software and pointed out some of it’s features to be expected. Someone has outdone themselves and put together a seven foot long Spirit of Fire out of Mega Blocks. It is a truly amazing feat taking up a laundry lists of Halo Mega bloks sets to put together. In this week’s Halo Bulletin, we have some coverage for upcoming playlist changes, and upcoming play date and new avatar items.

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Podtacular 412: Testing Your Medal

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We’re currently in a little bit of a low point for news this week and until more rumors surface, if any, we won’t get much until the time E3 rolls around. Not to worry though as we this week’s Halo Bulletin to review and discuss. He have a new issue of Halo Escalation, updates coming to matchmaking next week, and the announcement that the Halo Waypoint mobile applications being discontinued. Also, for those who have been involved with the PC side of Halo, the Custom Map Team as come out with their V3 of their remastered Halo Campaign for The Silent Cartographer.

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Podtacular 411: Rumble Rabble

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The New York Toy Fair has wrapped up and we saw some really cool toys, figures and swag get shown off. To help cover some of the Mega Bloks detail, (which I’m personally interested in) we had HaloFanForLife drop by the show to go over some additional details on the sets. We also go over a few extra things from Crowded Coop that we didn’t cover on lasts show and how much your wallet will hurt after this year. In addition to the toy fair news, we have this week’s latest Halo Bulletin discussing the upcoming matchmaking playlist rotation for Medal Madness on March 3rd. An update to the Xbox One version of Spartan Assault is also coming to fix some stability issues.

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Podtacular 410: Toy Affair

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It just so happens that the rumor mill never sleeps and is never without its crazy side. We mentioned on our last show how Steve Downes confirmed the existence of Halo 2 Anniversary, or so we thought. Since then, IGN has reached out and received some clarification that Downes was simply making a statement based on what people have rumored on the internet, but that’s not all there is to it. We made a post about IGN’s findings yesterday and encourage everyone to go out and develop your own opinion, but we voice ours during the show. In other news, the New York Toy Fair started this week and we have seen some pretty cool things that any Halo fan will want to get their hands on. We’ve just seen our first glances at McFarlane figures, Mega Bloks sets, and other swag goodness.

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Podtacular 409: I Need an Anniversary

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If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, then you would have heard about the upcoming Steve Downes interview. If you have been living under a rock, why are you under that rock? Come out already, unless you’re snowed in, in which case, carry on. In an interview GameZone.com did with Steve Downes, they mention that our beloved Chief confirmed the release of Halo 2 Anniversary this year with Halo 5 being pushed back for the next (out now). There is still no official work from Microsoft or 343 Industries on the matter, however. Team heavies has been a lovely addition to the matchmaking experience for the last two weeks, but it’s time to say adieu and welcome Big Rumble detailed in this week’s Halo Bulletin.

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Podtacular 408: Heavies Go Boom

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This week on the podcast, we are left rumor-less as the Halo 2 Anniversary get’s a little more weight behind it on the social networking front, but nothing substantial. With that said, we still had Team Heavies hit the matchmaking system this week along with the Xbox 360 release of Spartan Assault last week. Results from last weekend’s Spartan Bowl stats are up on this week’s Halo Bulletin along with some Valentine’s Day preparation and poll for the next Community voted gametype in matchmaking for Big FFA Rumble.

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