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.

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Quake's Free During QuakeCon at Home, So... Why Not Play Quake at Home?

Quake Champions, pictured, is also making it easy to unlock all its characters for free.

Microsoft Says Apple Is the Only Platform to "Deny Consumers From Cloud Gaming"

The matter of getting xCloud and Game Pass on iOS is getting heated.

Doom Eternal's First DLC Will Start a New Story Set After the Campaign

We'll see more of The Ancient Gods, Part One later this month.

Quake's Free During QuakeCon at Home, So... Why Not Play Quake at Home?

Quake Champions, pictured, is also making it easy to unlock all its characters for free.

Microsoft Says Apple Is the Only Platform to "Deny Consumers From Cloud Gaming"

The matter of getting xCloud and Game Pass on iOS is getting heated.

Doom Eternal's First DLC Will Start a New Story Set After the Campaign

We'll see more of The Ancient Gods, Part One later this month.

Control's Alan Wake DLC Will Be Followed by Another "Remedy Connected Universe" Game

It's all one universe? Always has been.

Yes, There Is a New Fast & Furious Game Out Today

Dom! Surprised to see you here.

Rocksteady Teases a Suicide Squad Game Reveal for Later This Month

See you at FanDome, Squaddies.

Apple Says It Would Have to Vet Every Game for xCloud to Launch on iOS

Well, there's Microsoft's 100+ problems, then.

The New Bugsnax Gameplay Trailer Is Crawling With Secrets

Put on your tinfoil Grumpus caps now.

Braid Is Getting a Remastered Anniversary Edition Next Year

Someone go tell Soulja Boy.

Apex Legends Is Getting a Form of Crafting in its Next Season

Also on the way are "holo-sprays," a Titanfall weapon, and a new Legend named Rampart.

As Testing Ends, It Looks Like xCloud Isn't Coming to Apple Devices Any Time Soon

Microsoft's likely running into the same issues with Apple as Google and Valve.

Bethesda’s Free Next-Gen Upgrades Begin With Doom Eternal and Elder Scrolls Online

Both titles will get spruced up for the Series X and PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Having Another Night City Wire Showcase Next Week

Time to learn about lifepaths, weapons, and more.

Weather Factory Awarded Grant Despite Abuse Allegations Against Co-Founder Alexis Kennedy

Kennedy, formerly of Failbetter Games, was accused of abusive and predatory behavior last year.

Microsoft Says Xbox Live Gold Isn't Changing or Going Anywhere for Now

Rumblings of Live's imminent demise seem to have been premature.

Pikmin 3 Comes to the Switch in October With New Levels

Alph, Brittany, and Charlie are getting the Deluxe re-release treatment.

The PS5 DualSense's New 360 Turnaround Makes Us Lament Its Lack of Back Paddles

Perhaps we'll see next-gen haptics and paddles living in harmony some day.

Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Launch Will Miss August, but It's "Just Around the Corner"

A release date and more will be revealed at this month's "Panel From Hell."

There's a New Frog Fractions Inside the Steam Re-Release of the Original

DLC for a nearly decade-old Flash game? Seems suspicious.

Project xCloud Comes to Android Devices Next Month

The launch for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also brings a boatload of new phone peripherals.

Frostpoint VR Started Long Before inXile "Could Even Imagine the Microsoft Acquisition"

Dax Berg of inXile tells USgamer about how the studio's multiplayer VR shooter came to be.

People Can Fly Is Staffing up for a Next-Gen Action Adventure to Follow Outriders

After it finishes up another shooter, the studio's moving on to something new.

Hyper Scape, Ubisoft's Upstart Battle Royale, Leaves Beta and Hits Consoles Next Month

When it returns, it'll kick off its first season and full Battle Pass.

Resident Evil Resistance Launches Oops, All Claires and Leons DLC in August

Claire and Leon couldn't be here today, but they did leave their clothes here.

Star Wars: Squadrons Isn't Planning a PS5 or Xbox Series X Upgrade

There's always backward compatibility, pilot.

Hawkeye Is Coming to Marvel's Avengers in a Story Inspired by His Best Comics Run

Clint is one of four heroes Crystal Dynamics plans to add.

Some Red Dead Online Players Aren't Thrilled About Its New Conservationist NPC

Kill an animal, even in self defense? Get sprayed.

Fall Guys Accidentally Rockets Up the Twitch Viewer Charts During an Internal Test

Not a bad outcome for a developer slip-up.

Frostpoint Is a New Multiplayer VR Shooter from inXile, Coming Later This Year

It's team-based, PvPvE, and a pretty huge departure from the inXile norm.

A PlayStation 5 Menu Feature Teased Last Year Seems to Have a New Name

It sounds like "Activities" will let players hop straight into action from the PS5's menu.

Apex Legends 2020 Review: Still in the Ring

With cross-play and a Switch launch looming, now feels like a fine time for a reevaluation.

Red Dead Online's New Update Wants Nature-Lovers to Pick a Side

Will you assist the kindly conservationist, or side with a well-dressed big game hunter?

Gabe Newell, Currently Hunkered Down in New Zealand, Gives Next-Gen Edge to Xbox

Newell says he doesn't "have a stake in that race," but he's quick to pick a victor.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gets Fireworks Shows and Dream Islands This Week

One of New Leaf's best features is coming to islands this week.

Alleged Pandemic Crunch on Apex Legends Points to a Widespread Industry Issue

A recent Glassdoor review points to a problem that'll likely affect games for years to come.

The Analogue Pocket Won't Save Our Souls Until 2021, but Pre-Orders Will Go Live Next Week

There's some new details on the slick-looking handheld, but its release is now a bit far off.

Xbox’s Matt Booty Downplays Limits and Tech Advances for Next-Gen Games

We're past the point where "hardware and its limitations would leave a pretty clear fingerprint on a game," says Booty.

G4 Ominously Teases 2021 Comeback

Can a video game-focused TV channel work in 2021? We may find out soon enough.

343 Shoots Down a Rumor About Halo Infinite Launching Without Multiplayer

In other words, you can still look forward to competitive grappling hook antics coming soon.

Eiyuden Chronicle, a Spiritual Successor to Suikoden, Is Launching a Kickstarter Next Week

Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama and artist Junko Kawano are leading the new project.

Red Dead Online's Content Drought Is Ending Next Week

Cowpokes rejoice (and try not to be jealous of GTA Online's next update, too).

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's Debut Trailer Was In-Engine, but Not Representative of Real Gameplay

GSC Game World also has more to share on console exclusivity, modding, and Game Pass.

Halo Infinite's Open World Encourages Exploration, But Only at the Pace of the Story

Once you've opened up new areas, backtracking is up to you.

Halo Infinite Is "Not Quite Where" 343 Expected to Be For Public Testing Before Launch

With Infinite planned as a "platform for the future," there will be tests to run later too.

Tetris Effect Is Getting Multiplayer This Holiday as a Timed Xbox and PC Exclusive Update

The new update, Tetris Effect: Connected, will hit other platforms for free next year.

Obsidian Shows Off Avowed, Its Answer to Skyrim

It's a new RPG, set in the world of Pillars of Eternity.

Godfall Won't Weave Microtransactions Into Its "Looter Slasher" Mechanics

Counterplay Games says it doesn't think of the PS5 and PC exclusive as a "service," either.

The Next Ubisoft Forward Presentation Is Happening in September

The embattled company is moving ahead with plans for another digital showcase soon.

Ubisoft Faces Potential Legal Action From a French Union Following Abuse Claims

A collective lawsuit isn't a given yet, but Solidaires Informatique is looking to assemble one.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Hits Steam With Crossplay and Cross-Save

If you're a player who's been itching to ditch Origin, it's easy to do.

Nightdive Studios's CEO Is "Never Going to Stop" Trying to Revive No One Lives Forever

Maybe the team will take another crack at licensing NOLF after finishing the System Shock remake?

New Details on Rampant Sexism and Harassment in Ubisoft's Editorial Department Emerge

A new report describes a culture at Ubisoft that enabled abuse and influenced its games.

PS5 Pre-Orders From Sony May Be Limited to a Single Console Per Household

Maybe don't count on being able to double-dip.

Minecraft Players Unearth the Exact Seed for Its Menu Screen World

It's wild how much work it took to find this particular patch of blocky terrain.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Is a Medditeranean Getaway Tale From Monument Valley's Devs

Today's Summer Game Fest stream brought a reveal for this summer yarn.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Promises the "Most Diverse Collection of First-Party Games" for July's Showcase

He's also teasing upcoming news on Xbox working "directly with Japanese creators."

Microsoft No Longer Sells 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions

You can still purchase codes from other retailers, though.

Nintendo Has Had a Strange Year Even by the Standards of 2020

As the pandemic wears on and next-gen consoles approach, the Switch's release schedule is one big question mark.

Weird West: Making an Immersive Sim From With a Distributed Team, and Without Chris Avellone

Former Arkane president Raphael Colantonio talks going indie, incorporating his band's music, and sheds light on how WolfEye is working on Weird West together, apart.

Rogue Legacy 2 Hits a Tiny Delay Just Ahead of its Early Access Launch

Cellar Door says it needs a few weeks to get to a point where it's "truly proud" of the roguelike sequel.

A Third of Developers Say COVID-19 Has Led to Game Delays

In a new GDC Survey, close to half of the devs polled also say they're working longer hours.

Even With a Death Stranding Camera Hack, You Can’t Perv on Norman Reedus

Nothing to see here but the stream, folks.

Marvel's Avengers Pins Down Beta Dates for Next Month

A-Day is fast approaching.

Google Stadia Picks Up New Exclusives From Harmonix and Supermassive Games

In its quest for cloud dominance, Stadia's getting more content to call its own.

The "Pleasant Surprise" for Titanfall Fans in Apex Legends Season 5 Is Here

We've also got a big hint as to where Apex might take its Legends next.

Xbox Talks Up the Series X's Loading Capabilities "Beyond the Raw Hardware Specs"

Microsoft is emphasizing gains that are only designed for the Series X's memory.

How Halo 3's Forge Mode Led One Dev to Get Hired for Halo Infinite

A neat story for fans of Halo's level-crafting suite.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Is Launching Right Onto Xbox Game Pass This Month

Kiryu's story is moving along on both Xbox and Game Pass in lock-step.

Watch Dogs: Legion Drops Early Access Bonus From Premium Editions [Update]

Looks like folks who pay a premium will still wait until launch to raise trouble in London.

Far Cry 6 Star Giancarlo Esposito Talked With Vaas Actor Michael Mando About His Role

The Better Call Saul co-stars did bond briefly over their new video game connection.

Far Cry 6 Officially Revealed Alongside Cross-Gen Details and the First Trailer

We got to see a bit of Anton and Diego's relationship in the cinematic trailer.

Watch Dogs: Legion Release Date in Late October, Smart Delivery Confirmed for Xbox

It'll be out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One just before Halloween.

Crysis Remastered Will Arrive on Nintendo Switch Before Any Other Platform

For a time, the Switch will be the *only* thing you can run Crysis Remastered on.

HOTAS Support for Star Wars Squadrons on Console Remains a Question Mark

Don't put money down on a joystick and throttle for PS4 or Xbox One just yet.

New World, Amazon's Upcoming MMO, Has Been Delayed Yet Again

So long August, hello 2021.

Fallout 76 Game Pass Release Welcomed With Open Arms, Suspicious Nuka Brews

PC players have reported tech issues, but things seem to be going well otherwise.

Epic's Tim Sweeney Says His PS5 Praise Came Before Talk of a Sony Investment

Sony's $250 million wasn't on the table until recent weeks, Sweeney says.

Halo Infinite's Showcase This Month Will Focus on Campaign, 343 Confirms

Don't get your hopes up for some slick new Slayer footage.

Nintendo Treehouse Stream Set for Friday Will Include a New WayForward Game Reveal [Update]

Fresh off of shipping a new Shantae, WayForward will share a Treehouse stream with Paper Mario.

New Valve Doc Showcases Long-Lost Projects, Including a Dota 2 RPG

On top of Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3, the studio abandoned something in a new genre.

First PS5 Game Box Art Revealed With a Look at Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

PS5's two-tone look is also coming to all that box art.

Psychonauts 2 Was Going to Be Smaller Before Xbox Acquisition Let It Be What It's "Meant to Be"

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer shared some new details on how Psychonauts 2 is coming along.

Deadly Premonition 2 Patches Are "In the Works" According to Publisher

Time will tell if "improving the title" means fixing that frame rate up.

The Time Nintendo Got Hooked En Masse on Space Invaders Because of Hiroshi Yamauchi

Some "research" led to a company-wide obsession in 1978.

A Sims Reality Show Hosted by an American Idol Finalist Is Coming to TBS

The Sims Spark'd will be quite different from other game TV shows we've heard about recently, and it's premiering soon.

Capcom Wants Feedback on Resident Evil Village, Particularly Its Title

Capcom is trying to gauge how aware people are of Resident Evil Village's place in the series.

The Dark Pictures: Little Hope Will Launch Just in Time For Halloween Frights

The follow-up to Man of Medan now has an October release in its sights.

Report: Microsoft Tells Devs That Upgrades to Xbox Series X Versions Should be Free

The idea of charging for upgrades is reportedly off of the table.

Deadly Premonition 2 Review: What Year Is This, Zach?

Some cases may be better left closed.

Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 Does an Impromptu Performance on The Last of Us 2's Guitar

"Dammit" might've been a bit odd coming from Ellie by herself, but Hoppus makes it work.

Halo 3 Rounds Out the Trilogy on PC Next Week

There's just one more Bungie-made title to go after this.

Naughty Dog Condemns Torrent of Abuse Stemming From The Last of Us Part 2 Backlash

"Although we welcome critical discussion, we condemn any form of harassment or threats directed towards our team and cast."

Horizon Zero Dawn Sets August Release Date on PC, Sparks Pricing Controversy

The PS4-to-PC port is at the center of a flare-up over regional prices.

LA Noire VR Devs Say They're Working on a New VR Title for Rockstar

Could Rockstar be throwing its weight behind a triple-A open-world VR title?

Ubisoft CEO Promises "Profound Changes" at Company After Accounts of Systemic Abuse

Yves Guillemot says Ubisoft is "not looking for a quick fix" to its reportedly toxic culture.

Evo President Goes On Leave as Wave of Abuse Allegations Hit Fighting Game Community [Update]

In light of the past day's events, some top players are also stepping away from Evo Online.

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