About two years ago, I was absolutely obsessed with an episodic fictional podcast called Hunt the Truth. Inspired by the award-winning investigative documentary podcast Serial, Hunt the Truth followed Benjamin Giraud, a journalist in the fictional video game world of Halo. When Ben started investigating the sudden disappearance of the video game protagonist, things started to spin out of control. It was like listening to a really good audiobook set in one of your favorite fictional universes. And when it suddenly ended with a cliffhanger, I needed more.
So, I made my own episodes set in the same universe. It was a fun project that I originally planned out for about 9 weeks but I cut it shorter when I realized how much time it took to write scripts, record them properly and then edit the recording into something resembling the original series. I even made a short musical interlude that was inspired by the original. Proud of that one 🙂
The story was loosely based on the story of Gavrilo Princip, who killed the Archduke of Austria in 1914 and lit the fuse of conflict just before the first world war. I had a more elaborate storyline, which was supposed to show how every villian is actually a hero in his own story. Maybe one day, I will expand on this.
When I put it out, a couple of Halo fans picked it up and retweeted it but I never took it anywhere after that. It is still published out there on Soundcloud and on Tumblr. It is one those personal projects, which I am still extremely proud of. It was a true labor of love and although I worked on it for only one month in August of 2015, I would definitely love to do something similar at some point in the future.
How to listen?
If you would like to listen to it, I would suggest first listening to the first season of the original podcast and then going through the four episedos I produced (or at least listen to the original series up to the episode mentioned in the descriptions below. I have embedded the whole first season of Hunt the Truth below and also added all of my episodes along with additional posts I made as they came out. Enjoy!!!
Season One Supercut
HUNT the TRUTH is a fictional investigative audio series hosted by Benjamin Giraud (Keegan-Michael Key), HUNT the TRUTH unfolds as Benjamin investigates the story behind the Master Chief, humanity’s greatest and most mysterious hero. As inconsistencies in the story emerge, Ben is faced with toeing the government line or cutting rank and breaking the conspiracy wide open. HUNT the TRUTH is presented by XBOX and 343 Industries, makers of HALO 5: Guardians.