Mathew Olson

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

Latest Articles

Overwatch League's Global Ambitions Take Another Hit Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Now the league's Chinese and Korean games need rescheduling.

Another High-Level Apex Legends Developer is Departing Respawn Entertainment

Executive producer Drew McCoy was one of several developers to make the move over from Infinity Ward.

Overwatch League's Global Ambitions Take Another Hit Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Now the league's Chinese and Korean games need rescheduling.

Another High-Level Apex Legends Developer is Departing Respawn Entertainment

Executive producer Drew McCoy was one of several developers to make the move over from Infinity Ward.

Buying Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One Gets You a Free Series X Version "When Available"

CD Projekt Red says the game will support Microsoft's cross-gen "Smart Delivery."

Microsoft Details One-Time Cross-Gen Purchases for Xbox Series X

Also, Phil Spencer confirms how much power the Series X's processor has.

Coronavirus Outbreak Has Led to a Demand Surge and Shortages of Ring Fit Adventure

Resellers are trying to push for a price five times higher than retail.

Netflix Announces New Castmembers for The Witcher as Season 2 Production Begins

A familiar face (and beard) from Game of Thrones is joining the show's cast.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Will Have the Most Villagers at Launch of Any Title in the Series

Yes, you'll have plenty of folks to talk to beyond Tom Nook and Isabelle.

Square Enix Scales Back Its PAX East Plans for Final Fantasy 14 Due to Coronavirus

Game director Naoki Yoshida and other Japan-based staffers are bowing out.

Temtem's Take on Creature Collecting Has Already Sold Over 500,000 Copies in Early Access

The Pokemon-inspired MMO is off to a strong start.

The Witcher 3 Finally Passes Steam's $50 Million Sales Threshold, Gets Better Revenue Split

CD Projekt Red is one of only a few companies that stand to reap this benefit.

Kerbal Space Program 2 Shifts to Newly-Formed Studio Under Private Division

It's not clear what this move means for KSP 2's former lead development studio.

Sony and Facebook Withdraw From GDC 2020 Over Coronavirus Concerns

That's PlayStation's second event cancellation in two days.

A Borderlands Movie Is Still in the Works, and Now It Has a Director

In development since 2015, the Borderlands movie now has Eli Roth at its helm.

Apex Legends Is Bringing Back Its Original Map For a Limited Time

Seems like Respawn is experimenting with multiple map hoppers.

The Nintendo Switch Online App Can Transfer Old Animal Crossing Designs Into New Horizons

NookLink will help you manage your custom designs and chat with friends.

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Also Launch on GeForce Now, Nvidia’s Stadia Competitor

There'll likely be a showdown between Google and Nvidia in Night City.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Is a Blue-Collar Space Sim From the Studio Behind Homeworld 3

Grab your plasma cutter and get ready to punch the clock.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Will Have a Museum, but Will it Have Blathers?

C'mon bud, join us on the island.

Sony's New Patent Filing Points to Finger Tracking Controllers for PSVR

Could Sony finally be looking to retire the PlayStation Move?

Grand Theft Auto 4 Returning to Steam, But Without Multiplayer

It'll also finally debut on the Rockstar Games Launcher.

No Man's Sky's Living Ships Update Adds Space NPCs and Strange Organic Spacecraft

Turns out we didn't need to wait too long to see what Hello Games is up to.

Halo Infinite's New Line of Nerf Guns Indicate That Weapon Skins are Returning

Trade your gunmetal gray in for a Hasbro-approved look.

Weird Fleshy Ships Have Been Added to No Man's Sky

Want to explore space in a strange, organic pod? Knock yourself out.

If Devil May Cry 3 Hadn't Been a "Huge Success," Its Development Team Would Have All Quit

We talk with Capcom's Matt Walker about Devil May Cry's past, present, and future.

We'll Be Getting Our First Look at Baldur's Gate 3 Gameplay Very Soon

Larian Studios is gearing up for a gameplay reveal at PAX East.

Game Freak's Little Town Hero Is Coming to PS4 Later This Year

It's also getting a physical release for both the PS4 and Switch.

A New Patch for The Witcher 3 on Switch Adds Cross-Save and More

It's not out in all regions yet, so you may need to wait a bit.

Early Bidding War for the Nintendo PlayStation Has Pushed the Price Up to $350,000

Oculus' founder Palmer Luckey is one of the deep-pocketed bidders.

Destiny 2's Armor System is Getting a Bit More Forgiving

So, if what we have now is Armor 2.0, is this Armor 2.1?

VR Hardware Shortages Loom With Half-Life: Alyx Just 6 Weeks From Release

The Index, Oculus, and even low-end headsets are seeing supply run dry.

Dreams Runs on PS5, But Don't Take That as Confirmation of a Port

Media Molecule says "that's just us being devs and exploring."

Remedy Has a New Game in Development, Alongside Its Secretive Multiplayer Project

Counting Control's DLC and Crossfire X, that's four projects in the works.

The Witcher 3 Sales Skyrocketed Last December, Thanks to the Netflix Show

The show and new Switch port boosted US sales 554% over last year.

Half-Life: Alyx Is Really, Truly Coming out in Just Over a Month

Your virtual reality trip to City 17 is just around the corner.

Devil May Cry 3's Switch Port Will Have a Local Co-Op Mode

Dante and Vergil can take on the Bloody Palace together.

Titanfall 2's Most Memorable Level Was a "Big Black Hole of Resources" for Respawn

Designer Jake Keating talks "Effect and Cause" in a new interview.

The Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Is Up for Auction, and Bidding's Already at $31,000

That's a big price tag for a beige bit of history.

The 8 Best Entries From Global Game Jam 2020: These Indies Want to Repair Our World

Meditations on the theme of "repair" with robots, relationships, and more.

The Next Stardew Valley Game Will Be Set in the Same World, but It Won't be About Farming

ConcernedApe isn't "setting out to make the next indie smash hit," but his next game sounds ambitious nonetheless.

Destiny 2's Second Major Outage in Weeks Was Partially Due to Very Bad Luck

A bug hiding on a small number of servers can impact thousands in a game like Destiny 2.

Activision Blizzard Pulls Its Catalog From Nvidia’s GeForce Now Streaming Service

Battle.net's been disabled on it until further notice.

Why One Planet in Outer Wilds' Clockwork Solar System Embraces Random Destruction

Brittle Hollow's not just hiding secrets beneath its surface.

Sledgehammer Founder Michael Condrey's New Studio is 31st Union, and It's Working on Something Big for 2K

"This is the most ambitious project I've ever been a part of," Condrey says.

A Sony Patent Wants to Promote DLC Microtransactions to Struggling Players

Would you buy a stat boost if your PlayStation encouraged you to?

Apex Legends Is Bringing Duos Mode Back for Valentine's Day

Starting tomorrow, you'll have a week to party up in pairs.

Phil Spencer Thinks Calling Xbox Game Pass "the Netflix of Games" Misses the Mark

"I bristle a little bit, because Netflix doesn't sell the content that's in Netflix."

Spec Ops: The Line Devs Get an Investment From Tencent

The studio will continue to work on its free-to-play shooter, The Cycle.

SisQo, of Dru Hill and Thong Song Fame, Would Like to Be in The Wonderful 101: Remastered

He's never used Kickstarter before, but now he's shooting his shot.

Spelunky Speedrunner Makes Two of Its Hardest Challenges Look Like a Total Breeze

Jamie White eats these mines for breakfast.

Destiny 2's Valentine's Event Lets You and Your Sweetheart Get Matching Sparrows

Guardians who loot together scoot together.

One of Portal 2's Scrapped Ideas Was a Space-Bending Hot Potato Deathmatch

It's still probably a good thing that Valve cut it.

Take-Two Stock Falls Following Dan Houser's Exit and Subdued Earnings Report

CEO Strauss Zelnick wants investors to know he doesn't expect more turnover at Rockstar.

The Outer Worlds' Switch Port Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Virtuos, the team leading the port, has temporarily closed its studio.

Murder by Numbers, a Picross Detective Game From the Hatoful Boyfriend Team, Debuts in March

Brush up on your detective work and drill those nonograms.

Ubisoft is Set to Launch Five Big Games by March 2021, but One is Notably Absent

One of Ubisoft's recent delays has slipped further to 2021, and Beyond Good & Evil 2 looks to be farther out than that.

Metro Exodus Set to Arrive on Steam Exactly One Year After Its Epic-Exclusive PC Release

Seems like Artyom left Steam only yesterday…

Will Ninja Gaiden Return? Team Ninja Wants to "Deliver Some Good News One Day"

They know Nioh 2 wasn't at the top of every fan's wishlist.

Temtem With Maxed-Out Stats Are Listed for $400 on eBay Right Now

You could collect and breed your own Temtem… or you could fork over some cash.

The Wonderful 101: Remastered Crests $1.3 Million and Over 20,000 Backers on Kickstarter

To celebrate, Kamiya's sharing some early design docs.

The PS5 Has a Site Now, so It's Time to Speculate About the Reveal Event That Will Seemingly Never Come

Will we be seeing the PS5 in the next few weeks? Let's think about it.

Nvidia's Answer to Google Stadia and xCloud Just Left Beta

GeForce Now lets you stream games you already own off the equivalent of a high-end PC.

Apex Legends' Weapon Changes in its New Season Will Take Some Getting Used to

It's "bye bye Turbocharger," and "hello new gun, new ammo, and more."

Castlevania Season 3 on Netflix Gets a Premiere Date and a Brand New Poster

There's no trailer just yet, but there is a handsome new poster.

Xbox Series X Could Have Expandable Storage Based on These Leaked Images

The tech's pricey though, so take this with a heavy pinch of salt.

BAFTA Winning Storybook Game Florence Is Coming to Switch, PC, and Mac This Month

This quaint love story is finding a few new homes.

Fallout 76's Long-Awaited NPCs Are Coming in April

Plus new quests and gear, including a rad compound bow.

Sony Isn't Talking PS5 Pricing Yet, Partially Because Xbox Isn't Showing Its Hand Either

It's harder to settle on a price when your competitor hasn't.

GTA 5's Most Streamlined VR Mod Now Works in Cutscenes and Supports Other Mods

R.E.A.L. might be as close as you can get to visiting Los Santos in person.

Doom Eternal's First 10 Minutes Wastes No Time To Get Into Ripping and Tearing

2016's Doom didn't start off slow, but this is a full-on sprint.

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have "Around 75" Bespoke Street Stories

They're not fully fledged missions, but they're not randomly generated either.

Apex Legends' New Season Drops a Giant Mining Rig in the Middle of World's Edge

Also, Revenant's looking quite deadly in the arena.

Nintendo Doesn't Think PS5 or Xbox Series X Will Have "a Significant Impact" on the Switch

Shuntaro Furukawa thinks the Switch is different enough from either next-gen console.

The Virtual Console Convinced Nintendo to Make a New Mario Movie

The brand is strong, but it could be stronger.

Nintendo Confirms Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Limited to One Island Per Switch

Here's what that means for you and your fellow villagers.

In Response to Halo Infinite Rumor, 343 Remembers a "Cursed" Leak From 2012

Picture a TV with Halo on it. In a barn. With the lights off.

Dragon Age's Mike Laidlaw Leaves Ubisoft Quebec

Laidlaw joined the team in late 2018. Now, he's moving on.

In Europe, Sega's Going Fully Recyclable for its PC Game Packaging

Console releases, though, are a different matter.

Pokemon Day 2020 Will Provide Our First Look at a New Mythical Pokemon for Sword and Shield

We'll be meeting a new monster on February 27.

The Behemoth is Reimagining Alien Hominid for a New Era

Alien Hominid Invasion isn't a sequel, but it's not a remaster either.

Yacht Club Wants to Keep Making Shovel Knight Games "Forever and Ever"

Don't start planning your retirement just yet, brave knight.

Devil May Cry 3's Special Edition Picks up Another Cool Trick That Wasn't in the Original

Two switching features are coming to the Switch release.

Halo Infinite’s Head Designer Says the Series Shouldn’t Chase Market Trends

343 wants to preserve what makes Halo unique.

Don’t Worry, Pokemon Home Doesn’t Require Nintendo Switch Online

Also, if you have a mobile device, you'll be able to trade online freely.

The Nintendo Switch has Smashed the Lifetime Sales of the SNES

The NES record will be the next to fall.

Henry Cavill Breaks Down Every Swing, Dodge, and Parry in The Witcher's Best Fight

A Blaviken blow-by-blow, if you will.

Untitled Goose Game Devs Pledge Portion of Their Income to Local Indigenous Groups

House House joins the "Pay the Rent" movement in Australia.

Phil Spencer Really, Really Wants to Push Frame Rates With the Xbox Series X

He's not hot on "just throwing more pixels up on the screen."

Dauntless Studio Has Been Acquired by Singapore-Based Garena

Phoenix Labs will continue to work on its free-to-play action RPG.

Destiny 2 Experienced Some Unplanned Downtime After Players' Resources Went Missing

Players logged in to find that their currencies had pulled a disappearing act.

There Are No Fatalities To Be Found In Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge Trailer

Right now, it looks a little klean for kombat.

Pokemon Home Won't Support Pokemon Go at Launch, Makes Certain Features Premium-Only

Want to store 'em all? It'll cost you a bit.

Final Fantasy 14 Director Naoki Yoshida Will be a Major Character in Nioh 2 (Well, Sort Of)

Want to make your supernatural samurai look like Yoshi-P? No problem.

Witcher Creator Andrej Sapkowksi Still Has Zero Interest in Playing the Games

He also believes that TV and video games aren't comparable.

Apex Legends Just Pulled a Big Fake-Out for its Next Character Reveal [Update]

So long Forge, we hardly knew ye.

How Doom Eternal Is Breaking Bad FPS Habits With Its New Demons

You've gotta do more than strafe and shoot, Slayer.

Unfortunately, Resident Evil Resistance's Martin Sandwich Isn't Canon

The spin-off would be "impossible to fit in the actual timeline."

Patapon 2 Gets a 4K Remaster in Just a Few Days

Keep your army of eyes on the prize.

The Leads of Red Dead Redemption 2 Would Like You to Know They're Not "Voice Actors"

The people behind Dutch, Arthur, and other game stars want to set something straight.

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