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

Dragon Ball FighterZ Still Needs More Goku, Apparently

Smash has too many Fire Emblem characters you say? Well…

Apex Legends Player "Hijacks" Portland Airport TV to Squeeze in a Vital Match

We see this player's dedication, and we want to talk.

Trails of Cold Steel 3 Will Bring Rean and the Gang Back to the PC Soon

NIS America's bringing Falcom's RPG sequel to yet another platform.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Still Needs More Goku, Apparently

Smash has too many Fire Emblem characters you say? Well…

Apex Legends Player "Hijacks" Portland Airport TV to Squeeze in a Vital Match

We see this player's dedication, and we want to talk.

Trails of Cold Steel 3 Will Bring Rean and the Gang Back to the PC Soon

NIS America's bringing Falcom's RPG sequel to yet another platform.

HTC Vive Exec Seems to Suggest Left 4 Dead 3 is Happening, Valve Pushes Back Hard

"We are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now," says Valve.

Iron Man VR Delayed to May, Taking the Avengers' Old Release Date

Well, at least one Marvel game will come out that month.

Kingpin: Reloaded Bringing the 1999 FPS to Modern Systems, Profanities Intact

Time to see if the cuss-filled crime story holds up.

Destiny 2's Absurdly Powerful Bow Got Nerfed, But Now it's Broken in Another Way

C'mon Guardian, stop playing around in that foliage.

Stadia Promises a Handful of Timed Exclusives and Over 100 Other Games for 2020

Google expects "more than ten" timed exclusives over the next six months.

Report: Horizon Zero Dawn May Leave PS4 Exclusivity Behind for PC

Sony has yet to comment on the matter.

The New GamesIndustry.biz Academy Has Guides on Making, Selling, and Writing About Games

Want to work in games? The Academy can help.

Metro Redux Brings the First Two Games to Switch Next Month

Artyom's braved the wastes to find a new home on a Nintendo system.

As Destiny 2 Puzzle Stretches Into Second Day, Bungie Advises It's "a Marathon, Not a Sprint"

At least one streamer's been on the case for 24 hours.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood's New Ray Tracing Update Shows Off Some Next-Gen Tricks

Digital Foundry goes deep on id Tech 6's RTX features.

The First Episode of Pokemon: Twilight Wings Is a Wee Bit Emotional

It's quite a departure from the regular Pokemon anime.

Fortnite Is Introducing Skins Based on Streaming Celebs, Starting With Ninja

The man got a Halloween costume first, so this sort of feels appropriate.

Destiny 2 Players Are Staring at an Obelisk to Unravel a New Puzzle

Don't get lost in the Corridors of Time, Guardian.

A Decade Ago, Microsoft Had to Remind Kinect Testers to Keep Their Clothes on

In a new Polygon feature, some key Kinect architects reflect on the doomed peripheral.

Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Will Serve Up a Restaurant Sim With a Hint of Fallout as it Enters Early Access

Time to sharpen your knives and warm up those fryers.

BioShock Switch Ports Surface on Taiwanese Ratings Board Site

Big Daddy, meet tiny console.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Delayed to Early April

Square Enix is giving the team "a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game."

Outer Wilds Developer Says Game Subscription Services May Let "Weirder Things" Thrive

"It's brought a lot of players to the game who would not have known about it otherwise."

Leaked Half-Life: Alyx Screenshots Show City 17's Decay, Up Close and Personal

Headcrab zombies are going to be really gross in VR.

Awesome Games Done Quick Shatters Fundraising Record at Its 10th Anniversary Event

The event raised over $3.13 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Rockstar Explains Why Grand Theft Auto 4 Was Suddenly Delisted From Steam

The problem is related to Games For Window Live.

Xbox Series X's First-Party Games Will Be Cross-Gen for the First Two Years

According to Matt Booty, Halo: Infinite won't be the only cross-gen Xbox exclusive.

The Last of Us Voted Best Game of the Decade in New Fan Polls

Metacritic users and PlayStation blog readers are all about giraffes.

Lucasfilm Was Hesitant to Let Respawn Make a Jedi-Focused Star Wars Game

It took a while to get from concept to Cal Kestis.

Investment Firm Expects Sony to Skip Showing PS5 at E3 2020, Calls It a "Huge Mistake"

Wedbush's Michael Pachter believes Sony will sit out E3 again.

Pokemon Go Just Had its Most Successful Year Since it Launched

In 2019, Niantic finally outdid Pokemon Go's wild debut.

The Next Apex Legends Event is Going Full Flapper With a Celebration of the Roaring Twenties

Confirmation received: Art Deco is a thing in the Titanfall universe.

You Don't Have to Buy Pokemon Sword and Shield's DLC to Fill Up Your Pokedex

A break down of what the Sword and Shield expansions mean for collectors.

Besthesda's Doom and Doom 2 Re-Releases Just Got Map Pack Support, Including Romero's Sigil

The update also adds 60 FPS support, quick saves, and more.

Another Mysterious Batman Logo Surfaces from WB Montréal

New year, new teaser.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Are Getting Expansions, Adding in Over 200 Returning Pokemon

Journey to the Isle of Armor, Crown Tundra, and more.

Hitman 2's Offering Another Chance to Take Out Sean Bean Later This Month

IO's best-known Elusive Target mission is back for another round.

Death Stranding, Control, and Outer Wilds Lead the Game Developers Choice Awards Nominees

Plus, a ninja and a goose round out the Game of the Year category.

For Whatever Reason, the PS5 Logo Has More Than 5 Million Likes on Instagram

Unless you're an influencer, this logo certainly has more likes than you.

Wargroove's Free Double Trouble DLC Gets a Release Date, But PS4 Players Will Have to Wait

Double Trouble will drop first on PC, Switch, and Xbox One next month.

From PS1 to PS5: A Brief History of the PlayStation Logo

The PS5's new logo isn't groundbreaking, but there's value in sticking to what works.

Super Mario Maker 2's Course Limit Increases As It Crosses 10 Million Level Milestone

To celebrate, Nintendo's letting creators upload up to 100 courses each.

Bungie on the Prospect of a Destiny TV Show or Film: "Anything Is Possible"

Since Bungie owns the IP, decisions on how to expand Destiny's lore is up to them.

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Shows Off a Picture of the Next-Gen Xbox's Processor on Twitter

Phil Spencer's new avatar is also his good luck charm.

Switch Pro Rumors Are Starting up Again

There's no telling if this would be a new design or another low-key revision.

Next Call of Duty Won't Have Jetpacks, Treyarch Director Says

Treyarch's David Vonderhaar isn't eager to bring back jetpacks after Black Ops 3.

Patent Filing Suggests the PS5 Controller May Have Back Paddles

Sony also confirms the new PS4 Back Button attachment isn't designed for the next controller.

This Excellent Mod Puts the Best Song From Netflix’s Witcher Series Into the Original Game

Nod your head to this earworm, oh player of CD.

A New Documentary Series is Exploring Valve's Original Pitch for Portal 2

Featuring Valve's original F-Stop prototype, Exposure will show off the Portal prequel we never got.

WWE 2K20 Rang in the New Year With a Y2K20 Crash Bug

It started the new year by refusing to start.

Mat Olson's Top 10 Games of 2019: 99 Geese Drop Into the FBC...

Hey! I'm pretty new here. These are some games I liked this year.

A Modder Goes on a Tour of P.T.'s Silent Hills Map With New Hack

Also, going out of bounds in P.T. is actually terrifying.

How a Dreams Creator Makes Mo-Cap and Pool Tables With Just Controllers, Tape, and String

Tyler "TannicAlloy" Whittaker's creations in Media Molecule's Dreams are like Labo but cooler—and he has advice for anyone who wants to follow his lead.

Some Choice Quotes From The Witcher Netflix Reviews That Went Up Today

"It’s all a bit silly, but no more so than 'Game of Thrones' ever was."

A Plot Point From Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Was Heard Exclusively in Fortnite

The live event had more than a preview clip from the movie.

343 Promises Fixes for Halo: Reach's Audio and Stutters

Plus, players on PC might get a Halo: CE test flight next month.

Soccer Star Mesut Özil Removed From PES in China—EA Denies Doing the Same for FIFA 20

NetEase removed Özil from PES 2020 after he spoke out about the internment of Uighur Muslims.

Cadence of Hyrule's New Update Adds a Campaign For the Bad Guy

Plus, a Dungeon Mode that's closer to classic Crypt of the NecroDancer gameplay.

Redbox is Having a Clearance Sale As It Gets Out of Video Games

As rentals die, deals rise.

Luigi's Mansion 3 DLC Adds The Plumber Brother's Disco Phase

It's all multiplayer content, but clearly four Disco Luigis are better than one.

Borderlands 3 is Out For Stadia, But It Won't Be Up To Date With Other Platforms For a While

It's out today, but Gearbox is only targeting version parity in early 2020.

Atari Touts More Support and 88% Revenue Split to Draw Developers to Its Microconsole

More details on the VCS emerge as we approach its "early 2020" targeted release.

AI Dungeon 2, the Text Adventure Where You Can do Nearly Anything, Is Now on Mobile

The apps are free from now until the end of the year.

Westwood's 1997 Cult Classic Blade Runner Has Risen From the Dead

Thanks to ScummVM and GOG, Ray McCoy is back on the case.

The Wolf Among Us 2 is Starting From Scratch, Telltale Confirms [Update]

The new CEO of Telltale says the sequel is starting fresh.

GTA Online Producer on Its New In-Game Arcade: "We Wanted to Look Back At Our Own Past"

We talk GTA Online's new games-within-a-game with Rockstar Games' online producer.

Exclusive: Check Out This Chill Track From the Composer of Ninja Gaiden and Tecmo Bowl

Keiji Yamagishi puts his spin on a track from Card of Darkness.

Xbox Series X Details Are Here: We Round Up All the Info on the New Specs and More

Plus, more details on its new controller.

Game Awards 2019 Recap: The Night’s Big Trailers and Reveals

Sizzle reels for everything from upcoming DLC to the next Xbox.

Surprise: The Wolf Among Us 2 Is Back in Production

This werewolf's undead, sort of.

Ghost of Tsushima's Game Awards Trailer Gives us Samurai Drama and a Release Window

The game's looking as sharp as Jin's blade.

Ikumi Nakamura Stole the Show Once Again, This Time at the Game Awards

Still no word on where she's headed next.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 Is Ninja Theory's First Xbox Series X Title

The whole reveal trailer was captured in-engine.

No More Heroes 3's Game Awards Trailer Leads With a Great Fake-Out

Alright Suda, we see you.

The Absurdly Difficult La-Mulana Games are Finally Coming to Current-Gen Console in Early 2020

Hope you're ready to get lost in some ruins, and then smushed.

Fortnite Just Brought Old-School Split-Screen Multiplayer to Modern Consoles

Team up for duos and squads action on one couch and one console.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remaster Delayed Until Summer 2020

On the plus side, it'll have transferable saves across all platforms.

If You're Bad at Tetris 99, You Can Now Squad Up For Help

The puzzle-battle royale hybrid just got friendlier.

The CEO of Japanese Indie Publisher Dangen Entertainment Resigns As Allegations of Harassment Mount [Update]

Ben Judd is stepping back from the publisher he helped found, as well as his "other industry endeavors."

A Letter from Jill is Getting Patched Into Resident Evil 2 Remake

Spoiled by a Steam achievement.

Doom and Doom 2 on Console Are Getting Free Classic Map Pack Add-Ons

Bethesda says "hell yes" to bringing Final Doom to consoles.

These Super Mario Maker 2 Link Power-Up Levels Show How Ingenious a Zelda Maker Could Be

The bar for Master Sword mastery is really, really high.

After Four Years of Development, Here's the First Glimpse of Axiom Verge 2

Tom Happ's been working on a follow-up to his Metroidvania for 4 years.

Nintendo's Streaming One More Indie Showcase Before the Year's End: Watch It Here

The Switch gets one last shot of indie news for 2019.

Untitled Goose Game Is Bringing Its Reign of Avian Terror to PS4 and Xbox One

It's coming straight to Game Pass, too.

Media Molecule's Dreams Comes to Life Early Next Year

With its early access period essentially over, Dreams now has a release date.

Sony State of Play Stream for December 10: What Time is It, What Will be Shown, and How to Watch

It's an early one, so you might want to set an alarm.

Why It's So Much Easier for Half-Life: Alyx to Just Show Hands

It all hinges on the elbows (sorry).

Minecraft on PS4 Is Finally Getting Cross-Play With Switch, Xbox One and More

Tomorrow, Minecraft completes its console cross-play journey.

The Next BioShock is in Development at a Brand New 2K Studio

Cloud Chamber will spend the "next several years" on the revival.

Wargroove Developers Respond to Criticisms of Whitewashed Voice Cast

"We want to be honest about what happened."

Battlefield 5's Latest Update Has Fans in a Tizzy Over Time to Kill… Again

At least Wake Island is coming next week?

Death Stranding's Next Update Will Combat Vehicle Griefing

No more trolling with trucks.

Sony Schedules a Final State of Play for 2019, Still Won't Talk PS5

C'mon Sucker Punch, show us Tsushima.

Alien: Isolation's Crisp Switch Port May Actually Surpass the PS4 Version

Sharp Xenomorph chompers, no jagged edges.

Bungie Originally Wanted Halo: Reach to Just be Called "Reach"

The name didn't stick, but the title screen makes its own statement.

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