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Sacred Icon

180 EpisodesProduced by Bryan Arivett and Joshua HargisWebsite

It was the fall of 2019 when two best friends decided to take their long-form conversations and release them to the internet in the form of a podcast. What was originally birthed out of a shared love for Halo ended up becoming so much more. From movies and TV to the nostalgic gaming days of old we'v… read more

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Episode 180: Phil Spencer Presents "Gaming" (Feat. Greenplumber)

February 4th, 2023


Every decade or so the stars align and deliver a truly exceptional year in gaming. 1998 and 2007 step aside because 2023 has entered the chat. From …

Episode 179: OG Xbox Era

January 28th, 2023


Nintendo? Sega? Nothing to worry about. But what about Sony? Microsoft decided it wasn't ready to forfeit the living room space just yet. It needed some Mountain Dew, cheese fingers and a hell of a lot more Halo. This …

Episode 178: The Future of Halo

January 24th, 2023


If you've been following Halo at all you'll know that it just had one of the worst weeks of its 21 year lifespan. We do our best to establish a …

Episode 177: Story Time on Installation 04 (Feat. IPHOTONI)

January 21st, 2023


One of the key elements of Halo has always been the passion it breeds and how that creativity outside of the games influences the foundation of Halo itself. Here to tell his story with the franchise is our friend …

Episode 176: Knights of the Round

January 14th, 2023


Bryan along with his fellow Final Fantasy fans NERVA, IPHOTONI and Wesleytypes discuss their history with the series and the influence it has had in their lives.

Episode 175: +10 To All Stats (Feat. Wesley Eaton)

January 7th, 2023


From the Misty Mountains of The Lord of the Rings to the front steps of Whiterun in Skyrim, we cover all things fantasy.

Episode 174: Ancient, Epic, Mysterious

December 31st, 2022


We've reached the end of Halo Infinite's first full year of being the latest game in the series. There has been a lot to get excited about and …

Episode 173: The Santa Clause

December 22nd, 2022


Seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing. Enjoy this festive episode from your Sacred boys. Happy Holidays everyone.

Episode 172: Return of the Almighty LAN

December 17th, 2022


There was an era before any of us had capable internet where we would lug our giant CRT TV's and Xbox's anywhere we could to get just a taste of that …

Episode 171: LORE Part II (Feat. Halo Guy)

December 10th, 2022


Halo 4, Halo 5 and Halo Infinite tell a story that some say is disjointed, but are there themes & connections that run deeper than what's on the surface? We think so.

Episode 170: LORE Part I (Feat. Halo Guy)

December 3rd, 2022


Sacred Icon plus Halo Guy equals an overflowing love for Halo in an episode that could never be long enough to discuss everything the franchises lore …

Episode 169: Prepare to Die

November 19th, 2022


Bryan stands with many who find From Software's games to be among some of the best ever created. Meanwhile, Josh hasn't boarded the hype train quite yet. Arise now, Ye Tarnished.

Episode 168: Halo Infinite Was Great, Now It's Better (Feat. Cory Hanks)

November 13th, 2022


Our friend Cory joins us to talk about the moment Halo fans have been waiting for...the release of forge & campaign co-op along with a myriad of other quality of life changes in the Winter update. How is it?

Episode 167: Birth of a Modern Classic: God of War 2018

November 5th, 2022


Journey to the highest peak of the tallest mountain with Bryan and Joshua as they discuss one of the few games to ever be awarded a 10/10 in their …

Episode 166: Hallow's Eve (Feat. Greenplumber)

October 31st, 2022


It's time for our annual Halloween episode. From the falling leaves of autumn to the monsters under your bed this season has something to offer any creature of the night. Cover your eyes.

Episode 165: What Lies Beyond

October 22nd, 2022


Bryan and Joshua discuss the major franchises in gaming that came after the release of Halo. There was once a time when Halo dominated our gaming careers, but now? There are many experiences that have brought us the …

Episode 164: The Rings of Power Part II

October 15th, 2022


Evil does not sleep. It waits. The season finale of The Rings of Power has finally arrived and all is revealed. Bryan and Joshua come together to discuss the last four episodes of the show. This is no chance meeting.

Episode 163: It's All Perspective (Feat. DientedeHombre)

October 8th, 2022


Everyone has a story behind their discovery of Halo. It's that unique story, that unique perspective that gives us different views on the series. Here to share his journey is our friend DientedeHombre.

Episode 162: Biggie Blunts With Radagast

October 1st, 2022


Journey back to 2012 with us as we unpack the emotions we felt the first time we watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Listen if you wish, but we can't guarantee you'll return the same if you do.

Episode 161: A Welcome Distraction, Halo 5's Beta & Memories Built To Last

September 25th, 2022


MCC's launch had us at an all time low, but we'd be lying if we said Halo 5's Beta didn't bring us right back up. Let's go pro.

Episode 160: The Rings of Power Part I

September 17th, 2022


Bryan became a father, Josh went on vacation & 343 released the road map all in the time since we last recorded an episode. Having said that, it's time to cover the first half of Amazon's The Rings of Power. They …

Episode 159: 118 Nostalgic Ponderer

September 3rd, 2022


Bryan and Joshua reminisce on all the nostalgic memories they have with 343's era of Halo. It's our last recorded podcast before Bryan became a father. Keep it Sacred.

Episode 158: Middle-Earth in Video Games

August 26th, 2022


We share our history with the greatest fictional universe of all time- The Lord of the Rings, before making our definitive tier list of all the Middle-earth video games ever produced. We're going on an ADVENTUURREE!!

Episode 157: The Redemption & Aftermath of MCC

August 20th, 2022


Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up. 343 Industries picked themselves up and then went above & beyond. MCC is a …

Episode 156: Forgotten PS1 Classics

August 13th, 2022


Everyone knows about your Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Final Fantasy & Tony Hawk but what about Cool Spot, Toy Story 2 or Ape Escape? Let's get …

Episode 155: The Fall of MCC

August 6th, 2022


We've all had a game we were hyped for but then felt let down by. Usually this was because it didn't live up to our own expectations of what the …

Episode 154: New Mombasa Streets (Feat. Greenplumber)

July 30th, 2022


Everyone has that one specific Halo game that resonates with them more than any other. It's dark, rainy & the jazz music is oddly soothing...this must be Halo 3: ODST.

Episode 153: The Video Game Character Draft Part II

July 21st, 2022


Joshua is back for revenge after his devastating loss in the first character draft. Does Bryan have what it takes to stand his ground for round 2?

Episode 152: Nintendervention (feat. Greenplumber)

July 19th, 2022


Everyone has a Nintendo story. However, Josh's is a bit lacking. Here to help me coerce Josh into playing Breath of the Wild is the biggest Luigi fan on earth and our friend Greenplumber.

Episode 151: The Rise of MCC

July 9th, 2022


They say there are five stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression & acceptance. Well it's something similar for The Master Chief …

Episode 150: Final Fantasy VII (Please Be Excited)

July 5th, 2022


It's the episode we've had in the pocket for quite some time. Like many, we ADORE the world of Final Fantasy VII. What makes us different however, is that we got into the series really late. It's provided us with a …

Episode 149: Obi-Wan Kenobi SPOILERCAST

July 2nd, 2022


The Star Wars show everyone was waiting for has finally concluded. Bryan and Joshua discuss the highs, lows and ultimately whether or not it lived up …

Episode 148: Halo Encyclopedia

June 29th, 2022


Bryan & Joshua are enamored by the breadth of content at our disposal through the Halo Encyclopedia. We're here to share with you some of our favorite details as we encourage you to grab one for yourself. Damn, it's …

Episode 147: The Video Game Character Draft Part I

June 25th, 2022


The goal is simple. We each choose 10 video game characters. You choose which team would win or which team you like better. FIGHT.

Episode 146: The Future of Xbox

June 18th, 2022


We comb through the latest gaming announcements and share our thoughts. Did you think Halo would have a bigger presence?

Episode 145: Sea of Ask Jeeves (E3 Predictions)

June 9th, 2022


If there is one thing we know, it's that there is never enough content for our faithful listeners. It's video game announcement season and we have …

Episode 144: Two Betrayals

June 7th, 2022


Bryan & Joshua's unfiltered thoughts on Halo Infinite seven months later. We exist together now. Two corpses, one grave.

Episode 143: Halo: Combat Evolved Retrospective

May 28th, 2022


After years of discussion surrounding Halo Infinite and the Halo Television series we knew we needed a proper palette cleanser. We're going back to where it all began and this episode is most definitley not a natural …

Episode 142: Chasing A Dream (Halo TV Series Finale)

May 21st, 2022


Regardless of where you stand on the Halo Television series, we implore you to tune into this episode all the way to the end. We share our honest thoughts, both pros and cons. It's been a wild ride.

Episode 141: Allegiance (Feat. Sparkeys)

May 14th, 2022


We invite friend of the podcast Andy (aka Sparkeys) to share his history with Halo before we get into this week's controversial Halo TV series episode. From Andy: "Shoutout to my Halo buddies Corey Seese, Mike …

Episode 140: When I Make A Promise

May 6th, 2022


Master Chief is the embodiment of what makes a character iconic. Join us as we dive deep into all things Halo. From season 2 content, episodes 6 & 7 of the TV series, all the way to the man in green himself. You do …

Episode 139: Reckoning

April 23rd, 2022


Halo Infinite has a bunch of new content on the way as the Halo television show gives us perhaps the best on screen representation of this universe yet. Our thoughts may surprise you.

Episode 138: The Evolution of the FPS

April 20th, 2022


The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. We discuss the evolution of the almighty FPS.

Episode 137: Homecoming

April 14th, 2022


Childhood memories, Madrigal monstrosities and Spartan curiosities. Does the Halo TV series push us forward or does it merely stand still?

Episode 136: Emergence

April 7th, 2022


The Halo Television series begins to hit its stride as John begins to discover more of his past. Are these images in his head really memories? It's time to meet his new companion.

Episode 135: Unbound (Feat. Tony Verdi)

April 2nd, 2022


We invite our friend Tony to discuss episode 2 of the Halo Television series. From Tony: "Shout out to my awesome wife Rachel who is also a fan of …

Episode 134: Contact

March 26th, 2022


Halo the television series has released its first episode on Paramount Plus. Is this the live action Halo adventure we always dreamed of or another …

Episode 133: It's A Girl, Chief!

March 16th, 2022


We hope we haven't kept you waiting too long. Halo the television series is almost here & Halo Infinite is just as fun as ever, but what's going on behind the scenes? Keep it Sacred, keep it safe!

Episode 132: BatDad

March 12th, 2022


We discuss our love for the caped crusader himself, starting with Batman 1989 all the way through to 2022's The Batman. We're not wearing Hockey Pads.

Episode 131: The State of Sacred Icon

March 12th, 2022


We're here to give you the first ever Sacred Icon update of sorts. What's going on in our lives? How do we feel about Halo's current state? What about the Halo TV series? Something in the way...

Episode 130: Don't Say That NAME

February 23rd, 2022


We do everything we can to not talk about *REDACTED* as it's been the only thing anyone is interested in. Are you READY?

Episode 128: The Book of Boba Fett SPOILERCAST

February 9th, 2022


We're just two Sacred dudes trying to make our way through the galaxy. We cover the entirety of The Book of Boba Fett.

Episode 127: Burnout Turnout In A Position of Aquisition (Feat. ONI Nightwire)

February 5th, 2022


Creative burnout & Halo the television series on Paramount +. Is Bungie the most beautiful woman in the room? Join us for this CONTENT RICH feast.

Episode 126: All Your History

January 29th, 2022


How will 20 years of Halo effect the series coming to television later this year? What did our journey to Halo and beyond look like as we grew up during the booming industry that is video games? It's all relative.

Episode 125: Joshua Strikes Back

January 20th, 2022


Halo. Xbox. Activision Blizzard. The boys are back in town.

Episode 124: Immersion of Enlightenment (Feat. Cory Hanks)

January 15th, 2022


Bryan invites friend of the show Cory to discuss what the discourse surrounding Halo is once the honeymoon phase has ended. What is *THE* element of Halo that Infinite got so right? Our faith has been rewarded.

Episode 123: The Legend of Zelda (Feat. Greenplumber)

January 8th, 2022


There are few who enjoy this industry who haven't at some point been captivated by the world of The Legend of Zelda. Our friend Weegee joins Bryan to …

Episode 122: Ode to the Pregame Ritual (Feat. Cory Hanks)

January 5th, 2022


It's been almost a month since Halo Infinite's campaign dropped. Join Bryan and our friend Cory as they discuss lore and theory. Now we shall talk and you shall listen.

Episode 121: A Sacred Holiday Special

December 21st, 2021


We're celebrating another 365 days in the books, the holidays, a new Halo game and all the friends we've made. Come join us by the fire for our last …

Episode 120: Assistant to the Regional Chieftain

December 11th, 2021


*Spoiler FREE episode* Halo Infinite is out and guess what? It's really good. Everyone who had a hand in this project is deserving of praise. Oh, we like it.

Episode 119: Everything Changes

December 5th, 2021


It's been six years since Halo 5: Guardians and two years since we started Sacred Icon. The moment has finally arrived, Halo Infinite is here.

Episode 118: Our Next Great Journey Begins (The 7 Hour Special)

November 21st, 2021


Sacred Icon has been one of the most thrilling, passionate & fun endeavors of our lives. You've all been so kind, so we thought we'd give back. …

Episode 117: Shish Kebab Brutes (Feat. Kevin Benson)

November 13th, 2021


Bryan and Joshua welcome one of their biggest supporters on the show to discuss what Halo means to them. Kevin Benson's message to his friends: “Shout out to my boys from Ratatouille. Kienan, Kenyon, Sean, and Braydon. …

Episode 116: The Roast of Roland

November 3rd, 2021


The final stretch has begun. Details are pouring in as Halo Infinite's marketing goes into full swing. Is this the game we've all be waiting for? …

Episode 115: Dune (Feat. Jeff Tompkins)

October 30th, 2021


Bryan and Joshua invite our friend Jeff to discuss one of this year's best films, Dune. Fear is the mind killer.

Episode 114: 20 Years in the Making

October 27th, 2021


New gameplay footage. 20 years of Xbox. 20 years of Halo. We're but weeks away from the launch of Halo Infinite. The only thing more THICC than this episode is Escharum's thighs.

Episode 113: Rendering Nostalgia (Feat. Joe Smalley)

October 21st, 2021


We invite our friend, moderator and video editor Joe Smalley on the show to discuss his history with the Halo series and what goes into putting together a video that's entertaining for viewers. He's an important part of …

Episode 112: Return to Arkham

October 17th, 2021


Batman has been a part of our lives as long as we can remember. From Tim Burton's dark cinematic Gotham, to the shows, games & continued films that interpret the iconic Dark Knight himself. It's not just a signal, …

Episode 111: A Song of Ice and Fire

October 9th, 2021


As the hype train prepares to fully leave the station for Halo Infinite, we take a moment to dive into one of our other favorite universes, Game of …

Episode 110: Spacehoop Eternal

October 2nd, 2021


From the art style to the 4V4, all the way up to Big Team Battle Halo Infinite is firing on all cylinders. Inside we discuss the latest Canon Fodder as well as our thoughts on Infinite's second and third flight. Launch …

Episode 109: Previously On Halo (Feat. Haruspis)

September 22nd, 2021


In the wake of Alex's latest project, we examine his career in Halo content creation and what inspired him to create such an …

Episode 108: Gives You Something To Think About, Doesn't It?

September 11th, 2021


From Halo news drops & flighting dates to stellar movies and a slew of video game announcements it's been a good week. What a time to be a nerd.

Episode 107: Nightwire Gray Havens (Feat. ONI Nightwire)

September 2nd, 2021


From the earliest interactions with Halo: Combat Evolved on the OG Xbox duke controller all the way to the Mouth of Sauron we've got a content heavy …

Episode 106: In Times of Darkness

August 26th, 2021


There has been plenty of conversation to be had since our last episode, so we're bringing you this one extra early. Emotions are high as 343 shares details on Halo Infinite's long awaited launch. Step inside.

Episode 105: Mental Health

August 21st, 2021


We recorded this episode prior to the recent Halo Infinite news, but we're that much more thrilled to release this one because of it. Halo, video games & social media are all things we love to engage in, but is …

Episode 104: We Have to Go Back (Feat. HiddenXperia)

August 14th, 2021


Luc joins us to share his earliest experiences with the Halo franchise, content creation and interviewing Halo series veterans Marty O' Donnell & Marcus Lehto. Any guesses what Luc's favorite show is?

Episode 103: Sugar Ray Ruined Dark Souls for Me

August 7th, 2021


It's been a week since the Halo Infinite Technical Preview. Since the dust has settled its time we get a little critical. After that, it's Legendary …

Episode 102: Halo Infinite Technical Preview

August 1st, 2021


We've played a new Halo for the first time in 6 years and it is phenomenal. Grab your grappleshot, recharge those shields and suit up for a near three hour show you won't wanna miss.

Episode 101: Through the Iris (feat. Cory Hanks)

July 17th, 2021


We invite our friend and Sacred Boi Cory Hanks, former bass player for Bryan Minks & The Kentucky Sons and Those Crosstown Rivals, to talk nostalgia, expectations, Outpost Discovery and the remarkable direction 343 …

Episode 100: Canon Fodder 117

July 11th, 2021


In celebration of Canon Fodder issue 117, we reflect on one of our favorite characters of all time. Some know him as John, others Sierra-117...but to us he's the Master Chief.

Episode 99: Why is The Act Man SO AWESOME?! And...BAD?! (Feat. The Act Man)

July 10th, 2021


Content creation, Halo nostalgia and Halo Infinite's stellar direction. Oh, by the way...we have a guest. Can you guess who?

Episode 98: Prepare to Drop

July 3rd, 2021


Rain drips down across the front of your visor as you walk through the dark, cluttered streets of New Mombasa. Smooth Jazz reiterates the mood as you lose yourself to the atmosphere. This is Halo 3: ODST.

Episode 97: Heroes, Old and New

June 26th, 2021


Inside Halo Infinite, Canon Fodder, book announcements. We know where it begins but tell us, where does it end? We discuss your heroes journey, Infinite's release date & the battle pass. Suit up.

Episode 96: Detail Divas in Visceral Locomotion

June 19th, 2021


What an absolute banger of a week for Halo content. Positivity abounds, morale is high and hype runs rampant. We talk Canon Fodder and the current …

Episode 95: Any Brute Under 50 Pounds is a Grunt, and Grunts are Useless

June 15th, 2021


We deep dive into the recent Halo Infinite multiplayer news. It's an exciting week for fans, so let's get analytical. The game was supposed to …

Episode 94: If You Knew You Were Going To Die

June 14th, 2021


This is the episode that took blood, sweat and tears. Our Halo Infinite E3 2021 coverage. Sacred Icon has been so rewarding. That's because Halo fans are the best fans.

Episode 93: Calm Before The Storm Redux (Everything Changes)

June 10th, 2021


The journey to Halo Infinite was long and fraught with toil, but the best rewards are hard won. We've finally arrived at the final E3 showcase & …

Episode 92: Flares, Elites, Battle Rifle Galactica

May 27th, 2021


Halo Infinite's multiplayer will be where we hang our helmets for the foreseeable future. We remember all the good times Halo's multiplayer has …

Episode 91: Master Chief, A Creator's Intent

May 23rd, 2021


Developing a game is hard, but making sure your vision is uncompromised from beginning to end? Thats almost impossible.  We explore the intent behind Master Chief. Some say he was intended to be a vessel for the player, …

Episode 90: The Games That Made Bioware (Feat. Haruspis)

May 15th, 2021


Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect and Dragon Age are some of the greatest RPG's ever made. With the recent release of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition we invite Haruspis to reminisce on all the memories we've built …

Episode 89: The Journey to Halo Infinite

May 1st, 2021


It has been nearly three years since Halo Infinite was first announced. There have been many ups and downs, but it has all led to this. Whether you were here from the beginning or just arrived, we'll bring you up to …

Episode 88: The Story of Halo 5: Guardians

April 25th, 2021


There is no doubt, Halo 5: Guardians is the most controversial piece of Halo media there is. Join us as we talk in depth about the story's positives, negatives and everything in between.

Episode 87: Halo 2 Behind the Scenes

April 10th, 2021


The behind the scenes disc included with the limited edition of Halo 2 was almost as important to us as the game. Listen in as Josh and Bryan commentate alongside our favorite documentary of all time.

Episode 86: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part X

April 3rd, 2021


The final episode. It's taken ten episodes and over sixteen hours to cover Halo 4 in its entirety. Sit back and enjoy this monstrous finale as we …

Episode 85: Franchise Era

March 27th, 2021


New details emerge from the audio team. What do fans of the franchise who started with Halo 4 & 5 feel like amidst a series soft reboot? Let's play Legendary.

Episode 84: Behind the Scenes

March 23rd, 2021


Get to know more about the dudes that bring you Sacred Icon content weekly. This episode is funded by our ever supportive Patrons. Keep it Sacred!

Episode 83: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part IX

March 20th, 2021


After traveling through nine episodes of announcements we have arrived at the release of Halo 4. You gotta beat the campaign in one sitting, right?

Episode 82: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part VIII

March 16th, 2021


The announcements continue as we build towards the launch of Halo 4. Steve and Jen meet for the first time, while other members of 343 work their way into our subconscious.

Episode 81: Dual-wielding Elites

March 13th, 2021


We cover the most hot button topics currently making the rounds in the Halo community. Halo Infinite awaits.

Episode 80: After Hours

March 11th, 2021


Halo, Star Wars and ridiculous stories. Basically, this episode is no different than normal. Find out why we do what we do. Funded by our Patrons.

Episode 79: The Launch of Halo 3

March 6th, 2021


Halo 3 means a lot to us, turns out it means a lot to you too. We worked hard on making this one special, tune in and finish the fight.

Episode 78: Topical Compilation

March 4th, 2021


We're bringing back some of our past exclusive content in this best of episode. We tackle game development, M ratings & winter levels in Halo. You might also hear from a familiar Spartan. Tune in.

Episode 77: Zeta Halo

February 26th, 2021


So you've read the new info about this mysterious Halo ring we'll all be exploring later this year but have no one to discuss it with. Let us be your friends in the room to geek out about all things Halo Infinite.

Episode 76: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part VII

February 13th, 2021


From art style, to soundtrack, to mulitplayer loadouts Halo 4 went boldly into new territory. Join us as we move closer to the inevitable launch of …

Episode 75: Attack of the Clones

February 10th, 2021


Does Episode II bring us closer to greatness or further from it? Tune in as we discuss the middle chapter of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Episode 74: Off The Cuff

February 6th, 2021


Can we record an entire Halo episode without any notes or topic? You be the judge.

Episode 73: The Phantom Menace

January 30th, 2021


Every Generation Has a Legend. Every Journey Has a First Step. Every Saga Has a Beginning. We take you back to 1999 with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Episode 72: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part VI

January 24th, 2021


"I need you...Chief...wake up, John!"

Who can forget the chills when we saw Chief's brain come out of cryo in that Halo 4 announcement trailer? The path to release begins here.

Episode 71: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part V

January 9th, 2021


Alex fills us in on the events of the Kilo Five trilogy and its impact on Halo 4. After that it's time we gush about just how spectacular the web …

Episode 70: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part IV

December 30th, 2020


Bryan & Josh sit cross legged with warm blankets next to a crackling fire as Alex sits in a wing back chair wearing a robe, smoking a pipe, telling them the story of Bornstellar's journey.

Episode 69: Dad Burnt The Turkey

December 27th, 2020


Bryan and Joshua take it easy as they reminisce on nostalgic Christmas memories of old. We wish you all a Happy Holidays!

Episode 68: Ignite The Green (feat. Johnny from PopCultureHour)

December 23rd, 2020


As The Mandalorian season 2 comes to a close Bryan invites Johnny to discuss what a banger of a time it is to be a Star Wars fan. This is the way.

Episode 67: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part III

December 17th, 2020


Our Halo 4 retrospective continues as we discover that there were originally intentions to make the game far more different from the original trilogy. The team played it safer than you might imagine.

Episode 66: Future Proof

December 12th, 2020


If our regular episodes are the theatrical this is the extended cut. Halo Infinite launches Fall 2021. Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part II, The …

Episode 65: It's Not Blue Harvest But It'll Fly

December 5th, 2020


Clone Wars. Sequel Trilogy. Mandalorian. We talk Star Wars and make no apologies for it. Make sure to check out the Blue Harvest podcast if you like …

Episode 64: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part II

November 28th, 2020


The discussion continues as we take the deepest of dives into the much loved 343 debut title, Halo 4.

Episode 63: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part I

November 21st, 2020


Did you ever hear the tragedy of Haruspis the wise? He had such a knowledge of Halo 4 that he could keep the game he loved from being unfairly …

Episode 62: Escharum's Brut-E-O Buttcheek Clench

November 7th, 2020


Books, trailers, cups, toys, clothing and more it's everything but the game. We would have been playing Halo Infinite within days had things gone as …

Episode 61: Horror Stories

October 30th, 2020


It's Halloween which means it's time to talk about all the things that have scared us from childhood to adulthood. Gather around the campfire, it's …

Episode 60: Therapy Session

October 24th, 2020


Shadows of Reach (no spoilers), Halo 5: Guardians 5th Birthday and a special sizzle on what's to come. We learn from the past to better enjoy our future.

Episode 59: Passing Of The Torch

October 17th, 2020


It must be incredibly difficult inheriting one of the biggest franchises in gaming. What's different about Bungie's time with Halo compared to 343's?

Episode 58: Face Of An Icon

October 15th, 2020


It's our one year anniversary. Prepare for almost four hours of our most indulgent episode yet. We're only as good as our community and our community …

Episode 57: Bombastic Jar Jar Binks

October 3rd, 2020


Flawless Warthogs, fall damage, ridiculous explosions & reused missions. Who doesn't love Halo: Combat Evolved? It's time for a Sacred Boi …

Episode 56: This Link Is Dead

September 28th, 2020


We've left you waiting for far too long. We're serving up a 3 POUND episode for you to make up for it because you need a burger that has STRENGTH. …

Episode 55: Bonus Disc

September 19th, 2020


Bryan and Joshua weren't able to get together this week for a new episode so we're releasing our never before heard Microsoft July 2020 event …

Episode 54: Rubix Cube Playa (feat. Dr. Phil)

September 12th, 2020


You may have thought the conversation was over but it's time for us to weigh in. We talk about Halo Infinite being playable on 6 platforms, XCloud and of course the price heard around the world, $299.99.

Episode 53: Joseph Staten & Jason Statham In Transporter 4

September 4th, 2020


Lots of news after a video game delay is exactly what we ask for. Luckily, it's also what we got. Ever wondered what it would be like if we lowered …

Episode 52: Xbox 360 Era

August 29th, 2020


It's a topic that is near & dear to our hearts. We talk about one of our favorite consoles of all time, Xbox 360. Midnight launches, party chat, …

Episode 51: Endure (feat. Ian Big Dawg Mills)

August 22nd, 2020


We love Ian. If you don't know him already you'll soon discover he is a great example of what a wholesome, positive influence looks like in the Halo …

Episode 50: Lil' Baby Hubris

August 15th, 2020


Halo Infinite has been delayed. Xbox Series X is launching anyways. Have video game reviews changed much in the last 5 years? Sacred boiis get critical.

Episode 49: How Nostalgia Can Help A Franchise (feat. Podtacular)

August 8th, 2020


Nostalgia challenges our perception of the newest entries in some of our favorite franchises. If we keep a level head, that nostalgia can make Halo …

Episode 48: Step Inside (Lore with Haruspis & Late Night Gaming)

July 31st, 2020


Halo Infinite sets the stage for a narrative that could go several different directions. Can the series hold all of Halo's history in one hand while …

Episode 47: Set A Fire In Your Heart, Spartan

July 23rd, 2020


Halo Infinite gameplay is finally revealed to the world and it looks absolutely dope as hell. Quit reading, start listening. Fight on.

Episode 46: Calm Before The Storm

July 16th, 2020


It's been nine months since we started the show. Halo Infinite will be revealed in full next week. You're gonna need one thicc episode to get you …

Episode 45: A Study Of Headspace

July 11th, 2020


What happens when a casual player teams up with someone extremely competitive? Understanding the mentality of the players around you changes everything. Halo Infinite's almost here. We need to fight.

Episode 44: A Story Left Untold (feat. Ian from Halo Canon)

July 4th, 2020


Despite its reception Halo 5 laid the groundwork for several ideas that may pay off if given the chance. Today's missed opportunities can lead to tomorrow's perfect executions. Ian of Halo Canon fame fills us in to the …

Episode 43: Signal Detected

June 24th, 2020


The Banished are coming to Halo Infinite. Xbox Series X, Mixer and smart delivery. Is Infinite the biggest Halo game of all time? No more Prophets. No more lies. Josh and Bryan stand together.

Episode 42: Grizzled Ancients

June 20th, 2020


What would it look like if the Bungie of today was creating Halo? The people behind the curtain sometimes have as much influence as the studio's …

Episode 41: When J. J. Abrams Played Halo

June 13th, 2020


Nostalgia and competition; powerful agents to the uninitiated...but we are initiated aren't we Josh? Friends, LAN parties and Xbox Live. Let's go.

Episode 40: Side Quests At Waterfang Gorge

June 6th, 2020


As the gameplay reveal for Infinite looms in the distance we fill in the blanks. Just how ambitious is Halo Infinite? We think it's being built to last. Josh plays Halo Wars for the first time. Prepare for launch, …

Episode 39: Remember When We Used To Call Chief A Cyborg?

May 30th, 2020


Does Halo: Combat Evolved hold up in 2020? Is the game truly timeless? We search our feelings, minds & the game's manual to discover the truth.

Episode 38: And In The Morning, I Need A Weapon!

May 23rd, 2020


Bryan and Joshua have all hands on deck in a lore heavy episode. What was the direction of Halos story from Halo 4 to Halo 5 supposed to be? Escalation comics, Halo Wars, & Chief's love life. Target locked, mission …

Episode 37: Sangheili Side-Cheek Shuffle

May 16th, 2020


We hope you're hungry for a podcast feast cause Josh and Bryan just made up one hell of a mean plate for ya. What is Halo's Legacy and does canon …

Episode 36: A Little Souvenir I Hung Onto Just In Case

May 6th, 2020


Bryan invites Justin to cover for Joshua this week as we discuss the almighty remake. What is the difference between a remake and a remaster? What does Halo as a franchise look like to you if Infinite isn't what you …

Episode 35: You Shall Be Set Loose Against This Heresy, With Our Blessing

May 2nd, 2020


Bryan, Joshua & returning friend Justin discuss some of the hot button topics in the industry. When should a game be announced & was Infinite …

Episode 34: Our Top 50 Games Of All Time

April 25th, 2020


Remember when you asked us to record five hours of us talking about our favorite games of all time? Neither do we, but we did it anyway.

Episode 33: You Know The Music, Time To Dance

April 14th, 2020


The Halo news may be going through a dry spell but Joshua & Bryan are bringing you a bottomless well full of Halo things to talk about. 343 …

Episode 32: Running Riot

April 8th, 2020


Joshua & Bryan welcome Crayton on to begrudgingly discuss the familiar topic of Battle Royale in Halo. Does it belong? 343 has their work cut out for them, that's for sure.

Episode 31: Quarantine Zone

March 31st, 2020


Joshua & Bryan are coming at you quick after a brief hiatus to catch up on all the things we've done on our time away. What if Halo Infinite isn't what you thought it'd be?

Episode 30: Then It Is An Even Fight (feat. Anthony Nicolosi of K.O. Koala Entertainment)

March 13th, 2020


Bryan welcomes a long time Halo fan from indie developer studio K.O. Koala Entertainment. Join us as we talk about Halo: Combat Evolved, converse …

Episode 29: Feet Don't Fail Me Now (feat. Grunt4500)

March 8th, 2020


Bryan welcomes Grunt4500 on the show to talk about his favorite Halo game. TJ covers Outpost Discovery, Halo Infinite & his dream career. Hope you brought your Grunty Thirst!

Episode 28: You Always Bring Me To Such Nice Places

March 4th, 2020


Joshua & Bryan reflect back on Halo 2 anniversary as well as the remaking the legend documentary. How does this compare to Combat Evolved's …

Episode 27: Optics, Totally Fried

February 29th, 2020


Bryan & Joshua bring you a complete gongshow of an episode. The recording was plagued with issues as we tried to bring you video content that was …

Episode 26: You Come At Last

February 22nd, 2020


Halo Infinite details start to trickle out. Bryan & Josh anticipate the series future. We ponder what age group Halo appeals to the most & …

Episode 25: Truth And Reconciliation (feat. Haruspis)

February 15th, 2020


Known for his popular Halo blog narrative truth and reconciliation, Haruspis sits down with Bryan to discuss all the positive aspects of Halo 3. If …

Episode 24: If They Didn't Know We're Here Before, They Do Now

February 13th, 2020


Bryan & Joshua contemplate what makes up the core identity of Halo. Does Halo need the Covenant, UNSC, Spartans etc to keep its soul? We beleive …

Episode 23: Don't Make A Girl A Promise (feat. Kirsty & Jordan Shipley)

February 9th, 2020


Bryan welcomes Kirsty and her husband Jordan for a discussion on all things Halo 4. We discuss what 343's first entry in the series did for the …

Episode 22: Top Ten Games Of All Time

February 2nd, 2020


Joshua invites good friends Justin & Jeff on to systematically rank their top ten video games of all time. There's so much good content out there, how can they possibly narrow it down to just ten? Tune in to find …

Episode 21: Forward Unto Dawn

January 29th, 2020


Bryan & Joshua come in hot after a fresh rewatch of this Halo fandom classic. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was originally a web series that also doubled as marketing for the yet to be released Halo 4. It was later …

Episode 20: Well, I Guess It Was All Obsolete Anyway

January 25th, 2020


Joshua & longtime friend Justin talk Halo multiplayer. Everything from the quality of Halo 5's competitive play and its longevity these past five …

Episode 19: The Seeds Of Our Future Are Sown In His Past

January 18th, 2020


Bryan, Joshua and longtime friend Justin bring you our second full length retrospective. This time we chronicle the events of Halo 5's announcement …

Episode 18: The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker

January 15th, 2020


Matthew jumps in for a spur of the moment episode right after Bryan just finished his third viewing of TRoS. Which film is better, Rian's middle film or JJ's final chapter?

Episode 17: Time To Stop The Key From Turning

January 11th, 2020


Bryan & Josh are BACK and it feels so good. Our first regular episode of 2020 looks forward towards Halo Infinite and backward towards the …

Episode 16: I Hope You're Ready (Side B)

January 10th, 2020


Joshua comes at you with a solo easily digestible bite sized episode covering the idea of met expectations, hype and the journey it leads to. Halo …

Episode 15: I Hope You're Ready (Side A)

January 8th, 2020


Bryan comes at you with a solo easily digestible bite sized episode covering the idea of unmet expectations, hype and the journey it leads to. Halo …

Episode 14: Rise of Skywalker, Mandalorian, Jedi Fallen Order Discussion

January 4th, 2020


Josh & Bryan catch up on all things Star Wars now that the dust has settled. We cover The Rise of Skywalker, Jedi Fallen Order and The Mandalorian. Spoilers ahead. May the Force be with you.

Episode 13: This Ring Will Make Us Brothers (feat. Matthew Salvatore)

December 31st, 2019


We do our first ever community member episode with long time supporter and overall good dude Matthew Salvatore. We talk our favorite Halo games and what makes them so freakin' good.

Episode 12: Get Ready (feat. Late Night Gaming)

December 16th, 2019


Bryan welcomes popular Halo Youtuber Late Night Gaming on to the show to talk about the current state of Halo as well as where it could potentially …

Episode 11: Somebody Tell Me This Ain't Happening

December 14th, 2019


Bryan and Josh continue their Reach coverage while deep diving into the exciting news that is Xbox Series X as well as a bit of new Halo Infinite footage. We have a lengthy discussion about critical analysis!

Episode 10: Gonna Steal It Back

December 8th, 2019


Bryan and Josh go over the much talked about ambitious new Halo 5 multiplayer mode Mythic Arena. Could this be a direction for Halo Infinite? We'll …

Episode 9: Are You A Puppet Or A Spartan?

December 6th, 2019


Halo: Reach has been out on MCC for a few days now. Josh and Bryan are still totally HYPED to be playing this classic in 4k 60 frames. We talk …

Episode 8: It's The Winter Contingency

December 4th, 2019


Halo: Reach has dropped! Halo: Reach comes to MCC in glorious 4k 60fps in a brand new update that completely revamps the entire package. Josh and Bryan talk about their impressions as well as their thoughts on the first …

Episode 7: Were It So Easy

November 27th, 2019


Josh and Bryan dive deep to bring you our Halo The Master Chief Collection retrospective. Hang out with us in our longest recorded episode as we …

Episode 6: No, We Need To Fight

November 22nd, 2019


Josh & Bryan deliver you a short but oh so sweet discussion about Halo Infinite's trailers, art style and potential direction of narrative. We …

Episode 5: I Think We're Just Getting Started

November 16th, 2019


Bryan & Josh are locked in with new hardware ready to bring you the latest Halo news, reflect on Halo Combat Evolved's anniversary and get PUMPED …

Episode 4: XO19 Xbox Inside Event Discussion

November 14th, 2019


Joshua and I give our live impressions of the Xbox Show in London since we know Halo Reach is going to be there! Tune in for some off the cuff good …

Episode 3: The Mandalorian SPOILERCAST

November 13th, 2019


Join Bryan & Joshua as we discuss the season premiere of The Mandalorian!

Episode 2: A Monument To All Your Sins

November 9th, 2019


We talk about the anniversaries for Halo 2 and Halo 4. Go over updates on the Halo show and dive deep into some Halo lore!

Episode 1: Blinded By Its Majesty

November 5th, 2019


Josh and Bryan kick off your first ever full length Sacred Icon podcast. Two hours full of unstructured Halo love and appreciation. Were it so easy.

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