Podcast Evolved is a weekly lore-based podcast that explores the ever-expanding Halo universe. Extending beyond the video game series, we analyze the Halo novels, comic books, short stories, audio dramas, live-action shows, and animated series produced by 343 Industries and Bungie Studios.
Meet each Host, Contributors, and Featured Guests of the show below!
David hails from the capital of the Emerald Isle: Dublin, Ireland. (Making him half of the Evolved's Irish awesomeness!) David was brought into the Halo universe when his friend placed him in front of a TV, thrusted over the Duke, and ordered to drive the Warthog so his friend can "shoot all the Stuff." From there led a wondrous tale, often recounted many times through Podcast Evolved's history. From buying his first (of many) Xbox consoles to receiving Halo: The Fall of Reach as birthday gift. The expansive Halo universe continues to be a passion of David's to this very day.
I'm the girl.
Located in Westeros (North Ireland), Aaron is one half of Podcast Evolved's Irish awesomeness. Aaron was introduced to Halo back in 2005 after borrowing the first three novels from a friend and instantly became hooked. Needing to know more, he went straight out and picked up an Xbox along with Halo CE and Halo 2, thus beginning his love affair with the franchise.
Lights. Camera. Halo! Oran cheekily works in the film and television industry but has always been eager to absorb more Halo. He discovered podcasting in 2012 while the anticipation built for Halo 4 and enjoyed listening to the opinions and passion from other Halo fans. In 2014, he jumped into the Evolved community during the Master Chief Collection hype-train, and quickly became a full-fledged panelist on Episode 52. Today, Oran constantly struggles with his internal debate to either open the book or grab the controller.
Colin Perkins, Mission Debrief
Colin’s been a gamer ever since he first laid eyes on Super Mario Bros. and Kid Icarus back in the mid 80s, yet Halo didn’t sink its hooks into him until 2012 during the lead in to Halo 4. Since then, he’s played all the games, read all the books and comics, watched all the video and soaked in as much Halo as humanly possible while maintaining a marriage and keeping 2 children alive. Halo 3 is his favorite game in the franchise and he thinks Sarah Palmer is vastly underrated.
Ian Francis, Website Guy / Blogging Evolved
On his off-Halo time, Ian is an engineer in the nuclear industry. When he isn't doing that, he is probably playing Halo or reading a Halo novel. Ian has been a Halo fan almost since day 1, but only got into the lore in 2015. He doesn't make it onto the podcast often, but he does his best to keep the website up and running, and regularly contributes to Blogging Evolved, the blog portion of the website.
Miles Dill, Artist Extraordinaire
Miles is the creator of seemingly endless Halo-themed art, including the current Podcast Evolved logo and the Mission Debrief artwork. He continues to create more awesome Halo art for his Tumblr page, which we all strongly recommend you visit immediately.
Tobias Buckell - Author, Halo: Envoy
Adapted from Tobias's personal website, www.tobiasbuckell.com
Born in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.
Jeff Easterling - Franchise Writer, 343 Industries
On Halo Waypoint Jeff contributes to 343i's weekly Community Update, providing detailed insight to the company's progress on game updates, new extended media releases, and industry interviews alongside other community managers. Additionally, Jeff produces his own exclusive feature Cannon Fodder, a look into an array of Halo topics in the universe from newly announced content to expanding on more mysterious topics, and of course, clarifying internet debates. Jeff is a prominent figure in the Halo community and is well-regarding in 343i's creative review teams. Learn more about Jeff on Episode 82 of Podcast Evolved!
Sean Finnegan - Producer, IGN
At IGN, Sean manages multiple video projects with creative direction for original and editorial content. His constant, working relationships with external vendors and industry professionals ensures high-quality and success of created content and deepens his connection within the entertainment industry. Sean routinely appears on IGN's Xbox show Unlocked and their Destiny show Fireteam Chat. Additionally, Sean is an avid movie fan, having directed and shot short films of his own.
Matt Forbeck - Author, Halo: New Blood
Adapted from Matt's personal website, www.forbeck.com.
"Matt Forbeck is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and game designer. He has worked full-time on games and fiction since 1989, when he graduated from the Residental College at the University of Michigan with a degree in Creative Writing. He has published over thirty novels since to include Star Wars: Rogue One junior novel, Dungeonology, Captain America: The Ultimate Guide to the First Avenger, the Magic: The Gathering comics, The Marvel Encyclopedia, and many others."