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

Xbox Game Studios Head Says Game Pass is Solving Monetization Woes

"It allows our game creators to do what they do best, which is make a game."

NPD: 2019 Is a Record Year for Fighting Game Sales

Still, Modern Warfare dominated October and the year.

Xbox Game Studios Head Says Game Pass is Solving Monetization Woes

"It allows our game creators to do what they do best, which is make a game."

Report: BioWare Wants Anthem to be Its Own A Realm Reborn

Anthem ain't dead just yet.

NPD: 2019 Is a Record Year for Fighting Game Sales

Still, Modern Warfare dominated October and the year.

Fortnite's New Stormtrooper Skin Lets Everyone Know You Have Bad Aim

The Fort is strong with this one.

No More Finicky DualShock 4 Plugins on PC: Official Support Coming Thanks to Project xCloud

Play Xbox games… on a PC… with a PS4 controller. Really!

A Deluge of New Announcements for Xbox Game Pass Came Out of X019

The Witcher 3, Rage 2, classic Final Fantasy titles, and more.

Project xCloud’s Preview Selection Makes Stadia’s Launch Lineup Look Tiny

Dozens of games are coming for testers of Microsoft's game streaming service.

Obsidian's First Microsoft Exclusive is Minecraft Meets Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Grounded, Obsidian's next game, is small in multiple senses of the word.

Here's Why Pokemon Fans Should Take the #GameFreakLied Claims With a Grain of Salt

Sword and Shield might reuse assets, but model wireframes aren't the end of the argument.

Rockstar is Promising Imminent Patch for Red Dead Redemption 2's Stuttering Woes

PC players with Nvidia gear have been hootin' and hollerin' for a fix.

AOC Reveals Her League of Legends Ranking, Which is Actually Higher Than Rick Fox's

Let's get an exhibition match in Summoner's Rift going.

A Massive Stardew Valley Update is Dropping Very Soon

The free 1.4 update is just around the corner for PC players.

Bethesda Starts a New Studio Around the Original Prey Development Team

Human Head also worked on Prey 2 for Bethesda prior to its cancellation in 2014.

Shovel Knight's Final Expansions Are Coming Next Month

They'll mark the end of Treasure Trove, but not for our brave blue Knight.

Doom Designer John Romero Has Some Harsh Words for Looter Shooters

"The more weapons you throw in there, the more you're playing an inventory game."

The Artist Who Led Movie Sonic's Redesign Has a Long History With the Hedgehog

Tyson Hesse is no stranger to these blue quills and red kicks.

Disco Elysium Has Modding Now, So You Can Create Your Own Inner Demons

Be sure to check Nexus before your next visit to Revachol.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Won't Make an Early Debut or Have a Trial on EA Access

Citing concerns over spoilers, EA's giving out a discount and exclusive skins instead.

Fans Are Comparing Wattam With Death Stranding, and Now Keita Takahashi Is Weighing in

Is Wattam a strand game? Maybe Takahashi or Kojima will tell us one day.

In 2004, Tens of Thousands of People Answered Payphones for Halo 2

What dates the hype for Halo 2 the most? The smartphone revolution.

Google Stadia's Launch Lineup Has 12 Games and a Single Exclusive

Tequila Works' Gylt is the only title you won't be able to play anywhere else... for now.

Pokemon Devs Respond to #ThankYouGameFreak Hashtag: "Sending the Love Back at You"

Pokemon fans flooded Twitter with positivity, and it was super effective.

Katamari Dev’s Wattam Finally Has a Release Date

It'll debut on PS4 and PC a little over five years after it was announced.

The Last Japanese Trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield Keeps its Reveals Short and Sweet

Blink and you'll miss two more Pokemon Game Freak wants to show you ahead of release.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Just Threw in His Support for Blitzchung

"I think the suspension should be reduced more or eliminated. But that's just me."

The Halo TV Series Rounds Out its Cast as it Nears Production

New to the cast are two UNSC legends and a mysterious Covenant sympathizer.

The Creator of Mario Maker 2's "Most Improbable" Level Knows His Cryptographic Creation is Bizarre

The "Longest Passcode Level" isn't a troll. It's art.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Featured Song From the Creator of Undertale is an A+ Jam

Toby Fox describes it as "a fierce track full of explosive power."

Hopes for Skate 4 Just Took a Massive Blow [Update: EA's Trademark is Active]

News of an abandoned trademark filing casts further doubt on a sequel.

Nintendo Just Dropped a Physics-Based Co-op Game from the Developers of Little Nightmares [Update]

What if, instead of a Crazy Taxi, you drove… a wackadoo ambulance?

Apex Legends' Dropship Has Become a Fight Club With the Lights Turned Off

Lifeline mains, you're needed now more than ever.

Rocket League's New Blueprint System is Psyonix's Solution to Its Loot Box Problem

So long crates and keys, hello blueprints and credits.

Apex Legends Adds Another Use for its Most Pointless Currency

The latest update finally gives players another way to spend those Legend Tokens.

Jeff Kaplan Reveals What Convinced Blizzard to Go With Cross-Compatibility for Overwatch 2

Kaplan says not letting Overwatch "die on the vine" took some convincing.

This N7 Day, You Can Take Some Mass Effect Armor Sets for a Spin in Anthem

Bust a Shepard Shuffle in your Krogan Colossus armor.

New Payday 2 Content Rolls Out This Week To Offset Starbreeze's Tough Year

Overkill is back to making Payday 2 content, and there's a trailer to prove it.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review: Run, Jump, Repeat

In pursuit of gold, Mario and Sonic mostly serves up bronze-worthy minigames and a story mode that could've shined a lot brighter.

Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Players Will Be Able to Play Overwatch 2 PvP Content

Here are some more specifics on Overwatch's "shared multiplayer environment."

Overwatch 2 is Happening, And It Has PvE [Update: Platforms Confirmed]

Winston's getting the team back together.

Diablo 4 Announced With a Cinematic Featuring a Doomed Treasure Hunt

"All the gold we want is right there."

Gotta Catch All 98 Opponents in Tetris 99's Upcoming Pokemon Crossover Event

Tetris 99's new crossover theme might be its best yet.

Suspended Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung Signs With Esports Team

Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, the player at the center of Blizzard's Hong Kong controversy, is now a player for Tempo Storm.

Undertale's Creator Pens a Special Song for Pokemon Sword and Shield

"It's not like a main track or anything. I just thought it was cool."

Modern Warfare's Narrative Director Responds to Criticism Over Highway of Death Reference: "This Is Not Some Kind of Propaganda"

In an interview with GameSpot, Taylor Kurosaki talks real-world parallels and issues of good taste in the latest Call of Duty.

Not Even the Master Chief Can Avoid Battle Pass Fever

When Halo: Reach comes to PC and The Master Chief Collection, it'll bring a familiar looking progression system with it.

The Outer Worlds Is "Designed to be Playable Without Color Information"

Unlike games that include colorblind modes, The Outer Worlds sought to bake those design principles in from the start.

Nintendo Switch Lite Sold Close to 2 Million Units in Less Than 2 Weeks

The smaller Switch is off to a big start.

DeepMind's StarCraft 2 A.I. Ranks Higher Than 99.8% of Human Players

If you lost against AlphaStar, we're sorry.

As Sales Slow, PS4 Squeaks Into Second Place on List of All-Time Best Selling Consoles

Sony lost some steam this year, but the PS4 still reached a major milestone.

Apex Legends Embraces the Buddy System With Limited-Time Duos Mode

Like Solos mode before it, Apex is giving two-person squads a spin.

New Marvel's Avengers Trailer Serves up Big-Time Destiny Vibes

Gear up, Guardians—er, I mean Avengers.

Modern Warfare is This Generation's Fastest Selling Call of Duty Title

Sorry, Black Ops 3—in its first three days, Modern Warfare made over $600 million.

EA Doubles Down on Live Service Games Ahead of Next Gen

Ultimate Team titles, The Sims 4, and Apex Legends are leading EA's digital growth and informing its strategy.

A Professional Chef Really Hated Apex Legends' Pork Chop Recipe

"It doesn't just taste like cloves, it burns like cloves."

Bungie Pleads With Idlers in New Destiny 2 Patch Notes: "Seriously, Just Play the Game"

Plus, there's another round of nerfs and new seriously robust subtitle options.

Three Blizzard Veterans Left the Company After the StarCraft FPS Was Canceled

Blizzard confirms the exits of three prominent Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm developers.

See if You Can Beat Capcom's Hilariously Mean Resident Evil Choose Your Own Adventure

Your Resident Evil know-how won't keep you safe here.

Hear Troy Baker Belt Out a Tune in the New Game by Former Bioware Dev David Gaider

Chorus needs to work as musical if it'll work at all, and this is a promising sign.

A Speedrunner Has The Outer Worlds Down to Half an Hour

Even without major glitches, you can tear through Obsidian's latest right quick.

New Overwatch 2 Art Leaks on Blizzard's Website

We may have just learned who Overwatch's next hero is and what WoW's next expansion is called.

The Outer Worlds Devs on Upcoming Switch Port: We Were "Very, Very Surprised"

On USG's Axe of the Blood God podcast, Leonard Boyarsky sheds some light on how Outer Worlds for Switch came about.

Ubisoft is Working On a "More Radical and Immersive" Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Breakpoint's developers promise that they're working on changes in response to fan feedback.

In The Outer Worlds, it’s Easy to Miss All the Options for Your First Huge Choice

There's more to it than who you take your power regulator from.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Keeps Finding New and Creative Ways to Demonize Russia

Modern Warfare presents a fictionalized take on a real U.S. bombing as an act of aggression from Russia.

Xbox Launches Monthly Payment Console Bundle With Project Scarlett Upgrade Plans

Sign up to buy an Xbox One now, get the option of upgrading to Scarlett down the road.

Bethesda Responds to Fallout 76's Scrapbox Bug, Private Server Issues, and Other Subscription Problems

Bethesda acknowledges that Fallout 1st launched with a major bug, but denies that private worlds are being reused.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake Will Fly High on Switch and PC Come Winter

To me, that's preposterous. Panzer Dragoon, things of that nature.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Finally Gets a PC Release Date

Good news for PC players: Capcom is holding to its promised release window.

Some GameStops Are Letting You Pick Up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Early

After 6 p.m. PT, you might be able to go home with Modern Warfare in-hand.

Mixer Doubles Down on Twitch Talent By Poaching Another Popular Streamer

In the wake of recent departures in Mixer's leadership team, Shroud is following Ninja to Microsoft's streaming platform.

Fallout 76 Subscription Controversy Compounded by Major Tech Problems

Private worlds don't offer enough privacy, and multiple players say their shiny new scrapboxes are eating loot.

The Last of Us Part 2 is Delayed to May 2020 For Extra Polish

"We simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality."

Former Xbox VP Mike Ybarra Joins Blizzard Amidst a Rocky Year

Ybarra starts as Blizzard's new executive vice president and general manager next month.

Microsoft Sees Decreased Hardware Sales as This Console Generation Comes to a Close

As we near the end of a console generation, Microsoft is touting success on the services side.

How to Play The Outer Worlds For $5, And Get a Chalupa in the Process

For the price of a chalupa combo (yes, really), you can get some time with Xbox Game Pass.

How a New California Law Could Pave the Return of EA's NCAA Football Games

EA CEO Andrew Wilson says he'd "jump for the opportunity" to license with the NCAA again.

Battlefield 5's War in the Pacific Update Is Bringing Back the Series' Best Map

It's been a long, long time since Battlefield has revisited Wake Island.

Expect Some Lag With Stadia Founder's Edition Deliveries

If you get your Founder's Edition on November 19, congratulations—that means you ordered it early enough.

Destiny 2's Inaugural Charity Streaming Event Features an Exclusive, Elegant Ghost Shell

The Bungie Foundation's inaugural Game2Give event starts later this week.

Need For Speed Heat Producer: "Loot Boxes Don't Fit in Our Game"

It's about "what's right" for Heat.

Doom 64 Port Gets New Trailer, Will Release as Pre-Order Bonus Alongside Doom Eternal

A delay for Doom Eternal on Switch also has ramifications for Doom 64 on Nintendo's platform.

This Weekend's Tetris World Championships Showed Why Classic Tetris is Thriving

As the NES Tetris community grows, newcomers and hyper-tapping players are rising to the top.

You Can Try Steam's Online "Local Multiplayer" For Yourself Now. Here's How

Steam Beta participants can now hop into local multiplayer-only games via the internet.

A Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer is the Latest Pro Gamer to Voice Support for Hong Kong on an Official Stream

"It feels so good play as a free man," said Lee Shi Tian at Mythic Championship V this past weekend.

Battlefield 5 is Going Back to the Series' Roots With the Upcoming Pacific Update

A full reveal of Chapter 5: War in the Pacific will come later this week.

Tetris 99 is Getting a Luigi's Mansion Crossover, Complete with Gooigi's Cold, Emotionless Stare

Do those Tetrominos look sticky to anyone else?

Humble Monthly Is Getting a Name Change and a Higher Price Point

Humble Monthly will soon be no more, with Humble Choice taking its place.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Creator Reminisces on Getting Its Iconic Style Just Right

"After working on non-graphical stuff for so long, I took a moment to reflect on what I had with the visuals. It wasn’t great."

Control's New PC Patch Forces You to Launch Through the Epic Games Store [Update: It's Being Fixed]

An Epic representative tells USG that DRM and store authentication decisions are up to developers and publishers.

Microsoft Claims Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Play More Games and More Genres

The average Game Pass user is apparently playing—and buying—more games than they used to.

Bungie Says Destiny 2's New Armor System Will Be Less Confusing, More Flexible After Future Updates

Bungie's revamped approach to armor customization is going to get a bit more flexible and easier to navigate.

Obsidian Developer Says Studio Can Focus on Games, Not Pitches, After Microsoft Buyout

Designer Brian Hines says Microsoft wants Obsidian to keep doing what's been working.

Apex Legends' New Shadowfall Mode Has Players Calling Truces and Cooperating in Unusual Ways

Players are crowdsourcing vital map information and unofficially teaming up in-game.

Fallout 76 Getting Private Servers Next Week, But They'll Cost You

Also, the addition of NPC's in 76's Wastelanders update has been delayed to next year.

This Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Trailer Features a Really Sharp and Prickly 4K Cactus

Dare ya to count all the spines, partner.

Stadia's Controller Will Only Be Wireless with Chromecast Ultra at Launch

Stadia's Founder's Edition is only rolling out on a limited number of platforms to start, and only one can use a Stadia controller wirelessly.

Ring Fit Adventure Wants People Playing (and Exercising) for the Long Haul

Ring Fit starts adding its deeper mechanics after players have conquered the hardest exercise challenge of them all: sticking with it.

PUBG's Next Season Will Have Players Flinging Blades and Pans in a Refreshed Miramar

Season 5 will focus on improving PUBG's second map and adds a number of new features, including the ability to toss items and melee weapons.

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