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Sacred Icon: A Halo Podcast

Sacred Icon: A Halo Podcast

By Bryan Arivett and Joshua Hargis
Long time friends Bryan & Joshua bring you pure enthusiasm for the Halo universe. Keep it Sacred.
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Sacred Icon: A Halo Podcast

Oddball Episode 33: Biggie Blunts With Radagast
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.
October 01, 2022
Episode 129: A Welcome Distraction, Halo 5's Beta & Memories Built To Last
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.
September 25, 2022
Oddball Episode 32: The Rings of Power Part I
Bryan became a father, Josh went on vacation & 343 released the road map all in the time since we last recorded an episode. We can't think of a better time to cover the first half of Amazon's The Rings of Power. They call it a MINE. A MINE!!
September 17, 2022
Episode 128: 118 Nostalgic Ponderer
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.
September 03, 2022
Oddball Episode 31: Middle-Earth in Video Games
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!!
August 26, 2022
Episode 127: The Redemption & Aftermath of MCC
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 phenomenal product that everyone should play.
August 20, 2022
Oddball Episode 30: Forgotten PS1 Classics
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 nostalgic.
August 13, 2022
Episode 126: The Fall of MCC
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 experience could be. MCC on the other hand...didn't work.
August 06, 2022
Episode 125: New Mombasa Streets (Feat. Greenplumber)
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.
July 30, 2022
Oddball Episode 29: The Video Game Character Draft Part II
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? Let's find out.
July 21, 2022
Oddball Episode 28: Nintendervention (feat. Greenplumber)
Everyone has a Nintendo story. However, Josh's is a bit lacking. Here to help me coax Josh into playing Breath of the Wild is the biggest Luigi fan on earth, our friend Greenplumber.
July 19, 2022
Episode 124: The Rise of MCC
They say there are five stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression & acceptance. Well it's something similar for The Master Chief Collection. Join us as we embark on this four part series taking you through the rise, fall, redemption and aftermath of MCC.
July 09, 2022
Oddball Episode 27: Final Fantasy VII (Please Be Excited)
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 unique perspective that we'd like to share. Let's talk Remake, Rebirth & Crisis Core but most importantly let's STICK IT TO SHINRA.
July 05, 2022
Oddball Episode 26: Obi-Wan Kenobi SPOILERCAST
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 to the hype. I'm not your failure, Obi-Wan.
July 02, 2022
Episode 123: Halo Encyclopedia
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 good!
June 29, 2022
Oddball Episode 25: The Video Game Character Draft Part I
The goal is simple. We each choose 10 video game characters. You choose which team would win or which team you like better. FIGHT.
June 25, 2022
Episode 122: The Future of Xbox
We comb through the latest gaming announcements and share our thoughts. Did you think Halo would have a bigger presence?
June 18, 2022
Oddball Episode 24: Sea of Ask Jeeves (E3 Predictions)
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 THOUGHTS. Here is two hours to chew on.
June 09, 2022
Episode 121: Two Betrayals
Bryan & Joshua's unfiltered thoughts on Halo Infinite seven months later. We exist together now. Two corpses, one grave.
June 07, 2022
Episode 120: Halo: Combat Evolved Retrospective
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 formation.
May 28, 2022
Episode 119: Chasing A Dream (Halo TV Series Finale)
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.
May 21, 2022
Episode 118: Allegiance (Feat. Sparkeys)
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 Zinsmeister, and Jeremy Winter! Also shoutout to my wonderful girlfriend Carly Kuhlman, who always "gives me something to think about."
May 14, 2022
Episode 117: When I Make A Promise
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 know how to pick 'em.
May 06, 2022
Episode 116: Reckoning
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.
April 23, 2022
Oddball Episode 23: The Evolution of the FPS
The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.
April 20, 2022
Episode 115: Homecoming
Childhood memories, Madrigal monstrosities and Spartan curiosities. Does the Halo TV series push us forward or does it merely stand still?
April 14, 2022
Episode 114: Emergence
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.
April 07, 2022
Episode 113: Unbound (Feat. Tony Verdi)
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 the show and my boys in Crisis Culture Kevin and Orlando as well as Ricardo who will be doing a podcast with me soon!"
April 02, 2022
Episode 112: Contact
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 failed video game adaptation? A full spoiler filled episode discussion lies within.
March 26, 2022
Episode 111: It's A Girl, Chief!
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!
March 16, 2022
Oddball Episode 22: BatDad
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.
March 12, 2022
Episode 110: The State of Sacred Icon
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...
March 12, 2022
Episode 109: Don't Say That NAME
We do everything we can to not talk about *REDACTED* as it's been the only thing anyone is interested in. Are you READY?
February 23, 2022
Episode 108: Touch Grass
It is what it is.
February 19, 2022
Oddball Episode 21: The Book of Boba Fett SPOILERCAST
We're just two Sacred dudes trying to make our way through the galaxy. We cover the entirety of The Book of Boba Fett.
February 09, 2022
Episode 107: Burnout Turnout In A Position of Aquisition (Feat. ONI Nightwire)
Creative burnout & Halo the television series on Paramount +. Is Bungie the most beautiful woman in the room? Join us for this CONTENT RICH feast.
February 05, 2022
Episode 106: All Your History
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.
January 29, 2022
Episode 105: Joshua Strikes Back
Halo. Xbox. Activision Blizzard. The boys are back in town.
January 20, 2022
Episode 104: Immersion of Enlightenment (Feat. Cory Hanks)
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.
January 15, 2022
Oddball Episode 20: The Legend of Zelda (Feat. Greenplumber)
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 talk about a series they hold dear. You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
January 08, 2022
Episode 103: Ode to the Pregame Ritual (Feat. Cory Hanks)
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.
January 05, 2022
Oddball Episode 19: A Sacred Holiday Special
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 the last podcast of the year.
December 21, 2021
Episode 102: Assistant to the Regional Chieftain
*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.
December 11, 2021
Episode 101: Everything Changes
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.
December 05, 2021
Episode 100: Our Next Great Journey Begins (The 7 Hour Special)
Episode 100 is here. 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. There's a whole lot of Halo in this one.
November 21, 2021
Episode 99: Shish Kebab Brutes (Feat. Kevin Benson)
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. Much love, we from the crease, we shiesty."
November 13, 2021
Episode 98: The Roast of Roland
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? Kinda seems like it.
November 03, 2021
Oddball Episode 18: Dune (Feat. Jeff Tompkins)
Bryan and Joshua invite our friend Jeff to discuss one of this year's best films, Dune. Fear is the mind killer.
October 30, 2021
Episode 97: 20 Years in the Making
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.
October 27, 2021
Episode 96: Rendering Nostalgia (Feat. Joe Smalley)
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 the team!
October 21, 2021
Oddball Episode 17: Return to Arkham
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, we cover it all. It's not just a signal, it's a warning.
October 17, 2021
Oddball Episode 16: A Song of Ice and Fire
It's been months since we talked about anything other than Halo. As the hype train prepares to fully leave the station, we take a moment to dive into one of our other favorite universes, Game of Thrones.
October 09, 2021
Episode 95: Spacehoop Eternal
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 is just the beginning.
October 02, 2021
Episode 94: Previously On Halo (Feat. Haruspis)
In the wake of Alex's latest project, we examine his career in Halo content creation and what inspired him to create such an awesome tool for fans of the series.
September 22, 2021
Episode 93: Gives You Something To Think About, Doesn't It?
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.
September 11, 2021
Episode 92: Nightwire Gray Havens (Feat. ONI Nightwire)
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 drop for you...and we're here early. Enjoy.
September 02, 2021
Episode 91: In Times of Darkness
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.
August 26, 2021
Episode 90: Mental Health
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 there too much of a good thing?
August 21, 2021
Episode 89: We Have to Go Back (Feat. HiddenXperia)
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?
August 14, 2021
Episode 88: Sugar Ray Ruined Dark Souls for Me
It's been a week since the Technical Preview. Since the dust has settled its time we get a little critical. After that, it's Legendary difficulty and an analysis on content creation. Keep it Sacred.
August 07, 2021
Episode 87: Halo Infinite Technical Preview
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.
August 01, 2021
Episode 86: Through the Iris (feat. Cory Hanks)
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 has decided to take Halo Infinite in.
July 17, 2021
Episode 85: Canon Fodder 117
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.
July 11, 2021
Episode 84: Why is The Act Man SO AWESOME?! And...BAD?!
Content creation, Halo nostalgia and Halo Infinite's stellar direction. Oh, by the way...we have a guest. Can you guess who?
July 10, 2021
Episode 83: Prepare to Drop
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.
July 03, 2021
Episode 82: Heroes, Old and New
Inside 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.
June 26, 2021
Episode 81: Detail Divas in Visceral Locomotion
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 day perception of Halo Infinite.
June 19, 2021
Episode 80: Any Brute under 50 pounds is a Grunt, and Grunts are useless
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 release last year but the missions change, they always do.
June 15, 2021
Episode 79: If You Knew You Were Going To Die
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.
June 14, 2021
Episode 78: Calm Before The Storm Redux (Everything Changes)
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 & countdown till launch. Predictions, hype speculation and a straight fire community are the three ingredients to this THICC juicy burger of an episode. We hope you're hungry.
June 10, 2021
Episode 77: Flares, Elites, Battle Rifle Galactica
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 brought us over the years, and speculate over what's to come.
May 27, 2021
Episode 76: Master Chief, A Creator's Intent
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, but fate says otherwise.
May 23, 2021
Oddball Episode 15: The Games That Made Bioware (Feat. Haruspis)
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 with Bioware's extremely varied cast of characters.
May 15, 2021
Episode 75: The Journey to Halo Infinite
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 speed.
May 01, 2021
Episode 74: The Story of Halo 5: Guardians
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.
April 25, 2021
Episode 73: Halo 2 Behind the Scenes
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.
April 10, 2021
Episode 72: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part X
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 walk through the campaign and praise Alex for his wonderful contributions to the Halo community.
April 03, 2021
Episode 71: Franchise Era
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.
March 27, 2021
Episode 70: Behind the Scenes
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!
March 23, 2021
Episode 69: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part IX
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?
March 20, 2021
Episode 68: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part VIII
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.
March 16, 2021
Episode 67: Dual-wielding Elites
We cover the most hot button topics currently making the rounds in the Halo community. Halo Infinite awaits.
March 13, 2021
Episode 66: After Hours
Halo, Star Wars, Halo and ridiculous stories. Basically, this episode is no different than normal. Find out why we do what we do. Funded by our Patrons.
March 11, 2021
Episode 65: The Launch of Halo 3
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.
March 06, 2021
Episode 64: Topical Compilation
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.
March 04, 2021
Episode 63: Zeta Halo
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.
February 26, 2021
Episode 62: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part VII
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 Halo 4 in our retrospective series.
February 13, 2021
Oddball Episode 14: Attack of the Clones
Does Episode II bring us closer to greatness or further from it? Tune in as we discuss the middle chapter of the prequel trilogy.
February 10, 2021
Episode 61: Off The Cuff
Can we record an entire Halo episode without any notes or topic? You be the judge.
February 06, 2021
Oddball Episode 13: The Phantom Menace
Every Generation Has a Legend. Every Journey Has a First Step. Every Saga Has a Beginning. Let us take you back to 1999.
January 30, 2021
Episode 60: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part VI
"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.
January 24, 2021
Episode 59: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part V
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 series (film) Forward Unto Dawn was in building the hype for Halo 4 as well as Lasky himself. Wake Up, John.
January 09, 2021
Episode 58: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part IV
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.
December 30, 2020
Oddball Episode 12: Dad Burnt The Turkey
Bryan and Joshua take it easy as they reminisce on nostalgic Christmas memories of old. Happy Holidays everyone.
December 27, 2020
Oddball Episode 11: Ignite The Green (feat. Johnny from PopCultureHour)
As The Mandalorian season 2 comes to a close we invite Johnny on the show to discuss what a banger of a time it is to be a Star Wars fan. This is the way.
December 23, 2020
Episode 57: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part III
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.
December 17, 2020
Episode 56: Future Proof
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 Game Awards, Star Wars + Marvel announcements. You may fire when ready.
December 12, 2020
Oddball Episode 10: It's Not Blue Harvest But It'll Fly
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 Star Wars, they are just THE BEST.
December 05, 2020
Episode 55: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part II
The discussion continues as we take the deepest of dives into the much loved 343 debut title, Halo 4. This is the way.
November 28, 2020
Episode 54: A Dream of Requiem, The Haruspis Retrospective Part I
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 criticized. Prepare yourselves as we discuss Halo 4's journey from beginning to end in this multi-part series.
November 21, 2020
Episode 53: Escharum's Brut-E-O Buttcheek Clench
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 planned, but they don't always...and that's okay.
November 07, 2020
Oddball Episode 9: Horror Stories
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 cold out and the's haunted.
October 30, 2020
Episode 52: Therapy Session
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.
October 24, 2020
Episode 51: Passing Of The Torch
It must be incredibly difficult inheriting one of the biggest franchises in gaming. What's different about Bungie's time with the series compared to 343's?
October 17, 2020
Episode 50: Face Of An Icon
It's our 50th episode and 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 is legendary. Why is Master Chief SO iconic?
October 15, 2020
Episode 49: Bombastic Jar Jar Binks
Flawless Warthogs, fall damage, ridiculous explosions & reused missions. Who doesn't love Halo: Combat Evolved? It's time for a Sacred Boi analysis. To channel the Librarian....PREPARE!
October 03, 2020
Episode 48: This Link Is Dead
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. Console pre-order fiascos, Bethesda buyout, Halo Infinite, ODST & more await your delicate ears.
September 28, 2020
Oddball Episode 8: Bonus Disc
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 event Oddball episode. Stayed tuned till the end for a montage of our behind the scenes bloopers. Keep it Sacred.
September 19, 2020
Episode 47: Rubix Cube Playa (feat. Dr. Phil)
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.
September 12, 2020
Episode 46: Joseph Staten & Jason Statham In Transporter 4
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 our Sacred shields & told you what we don't like about Halo? Listen up.
September 04, 2020
Oddball Episode 7: Xbox 360 Era
In 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, Halo 3 launch & dashboards galore, what are you waiting for?
August 29, 2020
Episode 45: Endure (feat. Ian Big Dawg Mills)
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 community. We talk about our passion for Halo.
August 22, 2020
Episode 44: Lil' Baby Hubris
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.
August 15, 2020
Episode 43: How Nostalgia Can Help A Franchise (feat. Podtacular)
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 Infinite the greatest Halo yet. Dust Storm of Podtacular weighs in.
August 08, 2020
Episode 42: Step Inside (Lore with Haruspis & Late Night Gaming)
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 bringing it forward for a new audience with the other? We invite special guests to discuss.
July 31, 2020
Episode 41: Set A Fire In Your Heart, Spartan
Halo Infinite gameplay is finally revealed to the world and it looks absolutely dope as hell. Quit reading, start listening. Fight on.
July 23, 2020
Episode 40: Calm Before The Storm
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 there. Everything has led to this moment, ready to get back to work?
July 16, 2020
Episode 39: A Study Of Headspace
What happens when a casual player teams up with someone extremely competitive? Understanding the mentality of the players around you changes everything. Infinite's almost here. We need to fight.
July 11, 2020
Episode 38: A Story Left Untold (feat. Ian from Halo Canon)
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 possibilities.
July 04, 2020
Episode 37: Signal Detected
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.
June 24, 2020
Episode 36: Grizzled Ancients
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 culture does. Eyes up! Phantom's back.
June 20, 2020
Episode 35: When J. J. Abrams Played Halo
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.
June 13, 2020
Episode 34: Side Quests At Waterfang Gorge
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, systems online.
June 06, 2020
Episode 33: Remember When We Used To Call Chief A Cyborg?
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.
May 30, 2020
Episode 32: And In The Morning, I Need A Weapon!
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 engaged.
May 23, 2020
Episode 31: Sangheili Side-Cheek Shuffle
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 Halos Legacy and does canon really matter? Put on your bibs, it could get messy.
May 16, 2020
Episode 30: A Little Souvenir I Hung Onto Just In Case
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 hoped for?
May 06, 2020
Episode 29: You Shall Be Set Loose Against This Heresy, With Our Blessing
Bryan, Joshua & returning friend Justin discuss some of the hot button topics in the industry. When should a game be announced & was Infinite too early? Should Halo have microtransactions? The lack of news for Infinite could be beneficial.
May 02, 2020
Oddball Episode 6: Our Top 50 Games Of All Time
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.
April 25, 2020
Episode 28: You Know The Music, Time To Dance
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 industries, do they ever wish they were working on another series? Where is all the Infinite news? All that & a lot more await you on this double chocolate fudge drizzled rich episode of the Sacred Icon Podcast.
April 14, 2020
Episode 27: Running Riot
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.
April 08, 2020
Episode 26: Quarantine Zone
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?
March 31, 2020
Episode 25: Then It Is An Even Fight (feat. Anthony Nicolosi of K.O. Koala Entertainment)
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 about the ins and outs of game design & speculate what to expect from Halo Infinite.
March 13, 2020
Episode 24: Feet Don't Fail Me Now (feat. Grunt4500)
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!
March 08, 2020
Episode 23: You Always Bring Me To Such Nice Places
Joshua & Bryan reflect back on Halo 2 anniversary as well as the remaking the legend documentary. How does this compare to Combat Evolved's anniversary? Join us as we wax nostalgia on days past & ponder the days to come.
March 04, 2020
Episode 22: Optics, Totally Fried
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 unsuccessful. Topics include Halo news & speculation, lore & LAN parties. Thanks for hanging with us.
February 29, 2020
Episode 21: You Come At Last
Halo Infinite details start to trickle out. Bryan & Josh anticipate the series future. We ponder what age group Halo appeals to the most & lastly reflect on the awesome package that was Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack.
February 22, 2020
Episode 20: Truth And Reconciliation (feat. Haruspis)
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 your partial to the lore you'll definitley enjoy some insight from Alex as well an appropriate amount of Halo Infinite discussion. Keep it Sacred.
February 15, 2020
Episode 19: If They Didn't Know We're Here Before, They Do Now
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 343 took the story forward in the most natural way possible with the Forerunners, but maybe a bit too quickly.
February 13, 2020
Episode 18: Don't Make A Girl A Promise (feat. Kirsty & Jordan Shipley)
Bryan welcomes Kirsty4Halo 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 fandom as well as cover some of the shortcomings from it's follow up Halo 5: Guardians. How will Infinite bring the series forward?
February 09, 2020
Oddball Episode 5: Top Ten Games Of All Time
Joshua invites good friends Justin & Jeff 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 out.
February 02, 2020
Episode 17: Forward Unto Dawn
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 compiled into an entire film. Tune in to hear our thoughts on what worked, and what didn't.
January 29, 2020
Episode 16: Well, I Guess It Was All Obsolete Anyway
Joshua & longtime friend Justin talk Halo multiplayer. Everything from the quality of Halo 5's competitive play and its longevity these past five years as well as how they stack up with prior Halo multiplayers. Where will Infinite take the series? We'll find out soon enough.
January 25, 2020
Episode 15: The Seeds Of Our Future Are Sown In His Past
Bryan, Joshua and longtime friend Justin bring you our second full length retrospective. This time we chronicle the events of Halo 5's announcement leading all the way up to its release. You're in for a long one. Halo 5: Guardians deserves this final shout out before the release of Halo Infinite later this year.
January 18, 2020
Oddball Episode 4: The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker
Matthew jumps in on a spur of the moment episode right after Bryan finished his third viewing of TRoS. Which film is better, Rian's middle film or JJ's final chapter?
January 15, 2020
Episode 14: Time To Stop The Key From Turning
Bryan & Josh are BACK and it feels so good. Our first regular episode of 2020 looks forward towards Infinite and backward towards the awesome year of 2019 that was the calm before the storm. There is so much to look forward to.
January 11, 2020
Episode 13: I Hope You're Ready (Side B)
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. Infinite this year my dudes!
January 10, 2020
Episode 12: I Hope You're Ready (Side A)
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. Infinite this year my dudes!
January 08, 2020
Oddball Episode 3: Rise of Skywalker, Mandalorian, Jedi Fallen Order Discussion
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.
January 04, 2020
Episode 11: This Ring Will Make Us Brothers (feat. Matthew Salvatore)
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.
December 31, 2019
Episode 10: Get Ready (feat. Late Night Gaming)
Bryan welcomes popular Halo Youtuber LateNightGaming on to the show to talk about the current state of Halo as well as where it could potentially be headed in the future with Halo Infinite. Everyone's gotta be born sometime.
December 16, 2019
Episode 09: Somebody Tell Me This Ain't Happening
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 Infinite footage. We have a lengthy discussion about Critical Analysis!
December 14, 2019
Episode 08: Gonna Steal It Back
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 find out. We cover the third mission of the Reach campaign in our month long Reach coverage.
December 08, 2019
Episode 07: Are You A Puppet Or A Spartan?
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 multiplayer, the second campaign mission and close out with some fan feedback on why Halo is so special to them.
December 06, 2019
Episode 06: It's The Winter Contingency
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 campaign mission, Winter Contingency.
December 04, 2019
Episode 05: Were It So Easy
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 journey from the exciting beginnings to the troubled launch and eventually bright future of Halos most controversial release.
November 27, 2019
Episode 04: No, We Need To Fight
Josh & Bryan deliver you a short but oh so sweet discussion about Halo Infinite's trailers, art style and potential direction of narrative. We also share some of our favorite follower responses!
November 22, 2019
Episode 03: I Think We're Just Getting Started
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 about Halo Reach coming to MCC December 3rd!
November 16, 2019
Oddball Episode 2: XO19 Xbox Inside Event Discussion
Off-topic: Josh and I spur of the moment decide to podcast our live impressions of the Xbox Show in London since we know Halo Reach will be there! Tune in for some off the cuff good ol' gaming discussion.
November 14, 2019
Oddball Episode 1: Star Wars The Mandalorian SPOILERCAST
Off-topic: Join Bryan & Josh as we talk about the first episode of The Mandalorian on our off-topic series, Oddball.
November 13, 2019
Episode 02: A Monument To All Your Sins
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!
November 09, 2019
Episode 01: Blinded By Its Majesty
Josh and Bryan kick off your first ever full length SacredIconHalo podcast. Two hours full of unstructured Halo love and appreciation. Were it so easy.
November 05, 2019
Episode 00: Sacred Icon
Sacred Icon is two long time friends getting nostalgic, laughing, crying and bringing you pure enthusiasm for the Halo universe. Keep it Sacred.
November 04, 2019