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

WoW Shadowlands Will Launch Three Days Before Thanksgiving

Blizzard's delayed expansion debut has a new date.

Todd Howard Says He "Grossly Underestimated" the Wider Impact of Bethesda's Acquisition

To Howard, going to Xbox was a natural next step, not a seismic shift in the games industry.

AMD's New 6000 Series Graphics Cards Are Putting Pressure on Nvidia

It looked like Nvidia was pulling far ahead with GPUs. Now, it might be neck-and-neck.

WoW Shadowlands Will Launch Three Days Before Thanksgiving

Blizzard's delayed expansion debut has a new date.

Todd Howard Says He "Grossly Underestimated" the Wider Impact of Bethesda's Acquisition

To Howard, going to Xbox was a natural next step, not a seismic shift in the games industry.

AMD's New 6000 Series Graphics Cards Are Putting Pressure on Nvidia

It looked like Nvidia was pulling far ahead with GPUs. Now, it might be neck-and-neck.

Apex Legends Season 7 Features a Floating City and the Battle Royale's First Vehicle

A new map and a new way to get around are coming to the Apex Games.

Bugsnax Will Be Free on PS5 at Launch Through PS Plus

If Astro's Playroom isn't up your alley, how about a trip to Snaktooth Island?

No More Heroes 1 and 2 Are Out Now for Nintendo Switch

Travis Touchdown is really making himself at home on Nintendo's latest device.

No Man's Sky Is Getting a Free, Hefty Upgrade for Next-Gen Consoles

Better visuals, higher resolutions, and bigger multiplayer sessions are coming at launch.

Tetris Effect: Connected Brings Some Competitive Edge Back to the Chillest Tetris

Enhance and Resonair are expanding upon Tetris Effect with new co-op and competitive modes, but the biggest draw might end up being a 1989 throwback.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Facebook Just Can't Resist Meddling With Oculus

If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.

Sony Delays PS5 Launch Title Destruction AllStars to February

On top of the delay, it'll also be launching as a free title through PlayStation Plus.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Heading to iOS and Android

Hopefully it'll run better at launch than the Switch version did.

Gears 5's Next-Gen Update Will Let You Swap John DiMaggio's Marcus For Dave Bautista

This is cool for Bautista but… maybe a bit weird for long-time Gears actor DiMaggio?

Xbox Game Pass Streaming Sticks Are a Possibility, Phil Spencer Says

Spencer says he thinks we're "going to see lower priced hardware" in the Xbox ecosystem in the future.

Apex Legends Heads to Steam Next Month, Switch Version Delayed to 2021

The start of Season 7 will mark Apex's Steam debut.

Nightdive's Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Won't Be Coming in 2020 After All

Updating Westwood's 1997 classic is a bit harder than expected without the source code.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Almost Justifies the Augmented Reality Rat Race

Nintendo's experiments with AR and Toys-to-Life games don't pay off in full here, but there's still some fun to be had.

Xbox Denies That Fan Harassment Factored Into the Firing of a Brazilian Host

Former video host Isadora Basile says she thinks the abuse made her "too much of a problem" for Microsoft to handle.

PS5 Will Support Netflix, Disney+, Twitch, and More on Day One [Update]

Sony's initial slate of supported entertainment apps has one big addition, Apple TV.

The Outer Worlds Just Got Much-Needed Optimizations and Visual Upgrades on Switch

It might not be a total overhaul, but it's a spit-shine at the very least.

Devolver Digital Acquires Serious Sam Makers Croteam

A press release jokes that it could also be the other way around, but let's keep this publisher/developer relationship simple.

Fortnite Has a New, Gigantic PC Patch That Should Ultimately Reduce Its Install Size

To avoid a Modern Warfare problem, Fortnite's new update is like ripping off a band-aid.

NBA 2K21's Unskippable Pre-Game Ads Were a Mistake, 2K Says

It doesn't sound like ads are necessarily going away, but 2K promises the issue "will be fixed in future episodes."

Apex Legends Is Sneaking Wallrunning Into Its New Halloween Mode

Titanfall mechanics... intensifying...

A 64-Player Pac-Man Battle Royale Is Launching Exclusively on Stadia

There's a free demo out now if you're down to try out Google's streaming service.

Frost Giant Studios Is Another New Team Formed by Ex-Blizzard Employees

The founders of Frost Giant hope to make an RTS that'll resonate with a wide audience.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Is Getting a Bunch of Xbox Series X Enhancements

120 FPS modes and 4K on Series X are coming soon.

Fallout: New Vegas Is 10 Years Old Today, and It's Looking Great in This Fallout 4 Mod

The Mojave has never looked better. Well, besides before the war.

The Pikmin 3 Deluxe Demo Has a "Hidden" Boss, Speedrunner Discovers

There's a bit more of Pikmin 3 in that demo than intended, it seems.

Rainbow Six Siege Is Coming to Xbox Game Pass for Consoles and Streaming

Ubisoft's popular multiplayer shooter could potentially be a big get for streaming.

Double Fine's LucasArts Remasters Are All Coming to Game Pass Soon

The Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and Day of the Tentacle remasters will all arrive on Xbox in a few weeks.

A New Lego Miles Morales Giveaway Requires You to Finish Spider-Man on PS4

Play Peter's game (not the remaster), and maybe you can nab a tiny Miles.

Analogue Duo is a Brand-New Retro Console That Will Play Every TurboGrafx-16 Game in 1080p

The Analogue Duo will run "nearly every" NEC format, but the Pocket will get in on some TurboGrafx/PC Engine fun too.

Sony Announces PlayStation Store Changes That'll Make it Harder to Get PSP, Vita, and PS3 Games

Listings for those older platforms will vanish from Sony's desktop and mobile storefronts.

NPD: Marvel's Avengers and Mario 3D All-Stars Top September's Best Sellers List

Yup, a game with player retention issues and a widely criticized collection both did quite well.

Borderlands 3 Adds a New Skill Tree For Every Vault Hunter With Upcoming Designer's Cut

The new season pass will also add a Director's Cut next year.

Destiny 2 Is Getting 4K 60 FPS Support on Xbox Series X and PS5 in December

Bungie will introduce Destiny 2's next-gen improvements about a month after Beyond Light.

NBA 2K21 Promises Fancy Next-Gen Footwork and Neat Haptics on PS5

On the new consoles, it may actually be quite easy to notice the tweaks coming to 2K21.

Ooblets Now Includes the Nullwhere, a Spooky Region Perfect for the Season

It's basically always Halloween in the Nullwhere.

Spelunky 2 Will Have Its First World Rebalanced in a Patch Coming Soon

Please, Derek, please do something about the moles and arrow traps.

The First Boss Fight in Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sees Both Spideys Teaming Up

It looks like Miles and Peter are working together when an old foe makes a break for it.

Ghost Story, Once BioShock's Irrational Games, Is Working on an "Immersive Sci-Fi" Title

A new job listing hints at the nature of Ken Levine's next "outrageous and ridiculous" title.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Features Multiple Performance Modes on Xbox Series X

You can either do 4K at 30 FPS or notch down the resolution for 60 FPS gameplay.

Rock Band 4 Will Have a Pretty Smooth Transition to Next-Gen

If you're still all-in for those plastic instruments, backward compatibility is coming day one.

Terraria’s New "Final Content Update" Launches Today

After "Journey's End" comes the actual ending, credits and all.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Is Finally Letting PC Players Uninstall Specific Modes

It's a long-overdue workaround for Modern Warfare's gigantic file size.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Have a Subtle Design Feature for Accessibility's Sake

We used to do this on electronics more, and we should start doing it again.

Crackdown 2 Makers Ruffian Games Are Now Rockstar's Newest Studio

The Rockstar posse adds another team to its ranks.

Facebook Expects "Some Games and Apps May No Longer Work" After it Sunsets Oculus Accounts

The Quest 2 now requires a Facebook account, but holding out without one on older gear might be doable.

Amazon's Crucible Is No More

There's no coming back out of closed beta for this one.

Ghost of Tsushima Will Hit 60 FPS With the PS5's Game Boost, Sucker Punch Says

Plus, faster load times and save transfers are confirmed.

Crystal Dynamics Is “Confident” Avengers Players Will Return Once New Content Arrives

Studio head Scot Amos wants to focus on the future, not today's low player counts.

Report: Xbox Game Pass Streaming Planned for PC and iOS Via Browser in 2021

By Apple's own rules, using xCloud streaming tech by way of a browser would be just fine.

For Honor Will Get a Free 60 FPS Update on PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S

Beyond that, players can expect the same features already on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Processors Will Give PC Gamers Another Upgrade to Chase in November

Just ahead of the next-gen console launch, AMD is introducing its new Zen 3 CPUs for PCs.

Xbox Marketing Manager Clarifies Xbox Series X's Heat Output Amid Claims That It's "Toasty"

A box with a big fan and that much power likely won't run cold, but it shouldn't be blazing hot either.

Cyberpunk 2077's Next Night City Wire Will Spotlight Its Futuristic Cars

We'll get an in-depth look at what V will go vroom-vroom in.

Nour's Creator Shares Its Recipe for Next-Gen Cuisine on PS5

We caught up with Tj Hughes to see what fresh surprises his playful food game has in store on PS5.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Brings Back an Old Weapon With a New, Absurd Ability

Europa's got the goods, apparently.

Sony Overhauls Trophy Levels Ahead of the PS5 Launch

You'll be able to gauge your progress across all games in more of a fine-grain way.

Activision Blizzard Closes Its French Support Studio in Versailles

That's hundreds of people out of a job at an office that predates the merger.

The Resident Evil Movie Series Has a Reboot in the Works

Meet Claire, Chris, Leon, Jill, and Wesker all over again.

The Newest Yakuza: Like a Dragon Trailer Shows Off Its Minigames and the Return of Bakamitai

If you're partial to the English dub, you'll be treated to a new version of the "Dame da ne" song.

Sony Details How the PS5's Audio Will Work With TV Speakers and Headphones

Like being able to use scans of your ears, better built-in TV audio may come later for PS5.

Nvidia Expect Shortages of RTX 3080 and 3090 Through Rest of 2020

Want a 3080 now? How about just waiting until next year?

Payday 3 Is Still Happening, Developers Say

The sequel has seemed like an iffy proposition since Starbreeze's reconstruction woes, but work is apparently forging ahead.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered Is a Real Trip to 2010, Mostly in a Good Way

Ahead of its return to leading the series, Criterion revisits its first Need For Speed with the help of Stellar Entertainment.

Cyberpunk 2077 Goes Gold As Developers Crunch in Final Weeks

The game is ready to be put on discs, but CD Projekt's work is likely far from over.

Fall Guys Sets a Start Date for the Medieval-Themed Season 2

You know what that game needs? Siege warfare.

Nvidia Delays the RTX 3070 to "Get More Graphics Cards Into the Hands of Gamers"

The cheapest option in Nvidia's new line of GPUs needs a bit more production time.

WoW: Shadowlands Has Been Delayed to Late 2020

"We need this extra time to ensure that Shadowlands lives up to its full potential," Blizzard says.

Airplane Mode Promises an Experience So Banal That It's Sublime

Developer Hosni Auji tells us about the sim for the frequent flier set.

Tom Nook Totes and Other Animal Crossing Goodies Come to My Nintendo

You, too, can spend your points on a Tom Nook tote.

Apex Legends Is Launching Cross-Play in Beta Next Week

A new event and limited-time mode will accompany the battle royale's cross-play rollout.

Insomniac and Peter's Voice Actor Respond to Marvel's Spider-Man Face Recasting for PS5

Bryan Intihar and Yuri Lowenthal have their own thoughts on Peter Parker's new look.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Zombies Will Get Free Post-Launch Updates

Treyarch shows off the new version of its undead adventure and promises it'll continue to grow over time.

Nintendo's Jump Rope Challenge Won't Be Going Away After All

You can imagine the reaction from folks who are mad about Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Insomniac Confirms That Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Will Have Cross-Gen Saves

The remastered 2017 Spidey won't, but Miles is a different matter.

Nintendo's Jump Rope Challenge Game Leaves the eShop Tomorrow

Get your free Switch fitness title while you still can.

EA Play Joins Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in November

On launch day for Series X and Series S, Ultimate is getting a boatload of EA titles.

The Crown Tundra Expansion for Pokemon Sword and Shield Is Coming Next Month

We finally have a release date for the second add-on as well as some new details.

Phil Spencer Still Thinks We're Going to See "More Console Hardware Down the Road"

The future Xbox is planning for is not one where the Series X leads straight to the cloud.

New Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Footage Shows Off Runes, Impa, and More

We know how this story ends, but it looks like it'll be quite the journey regardless.

Left 4 Dead 2 Is Free-to-Play This Weekend in Honor of Its Big Community Update

Hoist a pitchfork, grab some pills, and go to town on those zombies.

Spelunky 2 Won't Have Online Support at Launch on PC, But Cross-Play Is on the Way

Yup, down the road you'll be able to go spelunking on PC with your PS4 friends.

Report: Michel Ancel Accused of Abusive, Disruptive Practices on Beyond Good & Evil 2

French paper Libération reports that Ubisoft let the now-retired Ancel run things his way despite years of studio strife.

Destiny 2's Guardians Are Getting a Face Lift in Beyond Light

Bungie's making some player customization tweaks with the next expansion.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gets in the Spooky Spirit With a New Fall Update

Pumpkins, vampire-pale skin, and everyone's favorite Halloween czar are on the way.

Doom Eternal Hits Game Pass Next Week, but Only for Xbox

It'll be the first Bethesda game there post-Microsoft acquisition, but PC players need to wait.

Among Us Developers Abandon Sequel Plans and Commit to Updating the Original

The trust-eroding streaming sensation will live on, just not by way of a new release.

Tribeca Film Festival Enlists Hideo Kojima and Other Industry Figures for New Video Game Award

The advisory board also includes Kiki Wolfkill, Sam Lake, and more.

Xbox's Next-Gen Storage Upgrades Will Cost $219.99

For more storage capable of next-gen loading speeds, you'll be paying a premium.

Doom Likely Headed to Xbox Game Pass Following "Slayer" Tease

It could be a misdirect, but why fake people out on the week Microsoft bought Bethesda?

Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Its Follow-Up Are Now Open Source

Ahead of Frictional's return to the series, the older Amnesias are going the way of Doom.

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

No Man's Sky's Origins Update Adds Richer Planets and Some Really Big Worms

Hello Games has found a way to expand its universe without, y'know, starting it over.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Scalpers Who Used Bots Might Get Taken Down by Bots in Return

Those bids in the tens of thousands of dollars? They may be meant to oust the scalpers.

Naughty Dog Promises "Exciting Things" for the Newly Renamed Last of Us Day

"Outbreak Day" isn't a thing anymore, by the by.

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