Ian Hinck is an American writer, producer, editor and video personality. They joined GameTrailers in 2010 as Lead Video Editor, and later hosted the comedy news show Mandatory Update. Ian remained with GT until its closure in 2016.
Easy Allies History
Ian is a self described music nerd, which is reflected in the many songs they make for Easy Update. They are particularly into synths, and infuse those sounds into most of their songs.
The monthly improv show Fiasconauts originally started as an Easy Update episode on September 10, 2016. A Tabletop Escapades Presents episode was featured on September 21 and it officially became its own show on October 28, 2016. Headed up by Ian Hinck, each episode features zany improv scenarios based on the tabletop game Fiasco.
Ian is also a big film buff, which prompted the creation of the monthly movie podcast, Reaction Shots hosted by Ian and Michael Huber. Each month, they study various film trends, genres, and themes with special guests being regularly featured to discuss that month's topic. The podcast first premiered on April 14, 2017.
Shortly after moving into The Studio, Easy Allies premiered their RPG trivia game show, Mysterious Monsters on March 19, 2019. Hosted by Michael Huber, contestants have to fight monsters in an RPG-like battle screen, answer trivia questions in a variety of topics, and compete against each other to win the most gold by the end of the final round. The game show is designed by Ian and programmed by developer Jason Wishnov from Iridium Studios.
As part of the Phase 4 Announcements, a new show titled The Occasional Board Game Show was announced. Created by Ian, the show features fellow Allies and friends occasionally playing board games together. The show was unveiled on August 13, 2019 and premiered on October 2, 2019.
Ian posted a Patreon announcement on February 10, 2021 that Fiasconauts was moving off the monthly rotation and shifting to a more occasional special event release schedule. In its place on the monthly schedule was the re-introduction of the Easy Update segment, The Fast & Loose Internet Talk Show as its own standalone Patreon exclusive series.