Mathew Olson

Reporter

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

Sludge Life and Borderlands Handsome Collection Are Funny, First-Person, and Free on Epic

The similarities kind of stop there, but who's complaining when both are free?

Arkane Studios' First Game, Arx Fatalis, Is Free From Now Until the End of May

Love Dishonored? Play the very first game Arkane flexed its first-person finesse on.

Sludge Life and Borderlands Handsome Collection Are Funny, First-Person, and Free on Epic

The similarities kind of stop there, but who's complaining when both are free?

The Witcher Series Blows Past 50 Million Sold Following Hugely Successful 2019

That's a whole lotta Geralt and friends.

Arkane Studios' First Game, Arx Fatalis, Is Free From Now Until the End of May

Love Dishonored? Play the very first game Arkane flexed its first-person finesse on.

The Last of Us Part 2 Developers Talk About Walking Ellie's Path Through the Real Seattle

You know there'll be a flood of up-close comparisons once the game launches.

Tetris Effect's Soundtrack Is Now Free to Everyone

Thank you, Enhance, for the limitless vibes.

Xbox Series X Could Push Some Backward Compatible Games to 120 FPS

Microsoft's talking up its newest advancements for playing old games.

The Last of Us Part 2 Has a Sneaky Tribute to Hotline Miami and the Vita

Hey, Ellie, do you know what Vita means?

Where to Watch Today's The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay Showcase

This may be the last big preview of what Naughty Dog has in store for us.

Marvel's Avengers Is Getting a Gameplay Showcase in June

Crystal Dynamics is busy assembling something for us to see.

Street Fighter 5 Is Getting One More Season of New Content

Five fighters, three new arenas, one last hurrah.

Metro Exodus Drops Denuvo From All PC Versions With Its GOG Release

Also, a belated happy 10th anniversary to the series.

Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later

Decades later, Pac-Man's thrill of the chase is still exhilarating.

The Abandoned Half-Life Project From Arkane Was Going to Star a Fan-Favorite Character

Ravenholm's Father Grigori would've been helped by a familiar fellow.

No Man's Sky Is Heading to Xbox Game Pass in June

If you get tired of Sea of Thieves, maybe you should take to the stars.

Insignia, a Fanmade Project, Might Bring Back Classic Xbox Live Service This Year

Its creator revealed the project to disavow any notion of it relying on leaked Xbox source code.

Love Saints Row: The Third's Kayne Moment? Thank the Unsung Heroes of Game Dev

It was an idea so good Volition clearly had to do it.

Rare Was Stumped Trying to Name Perfect Dark, So It Turned to an Unlikely Source

To come up with your FPS name, first think of a pun on a historical figure...

PS4 Days of Play Sale Returns With Death Stranding, Dreams, and Nioh 2 Savings

It'll basically lead right up to the release of The Last of Us Part 2.

Fortnite's Next Big Party Royale Event Is a Trailer for Christopher Nolan's Tenet

Let's hope Party Royale's video quality is up to Nolan's high standards?

Rogue Mentions of Gran Turismo 7 Are Causing a Ruckus

Huh, it's almost like the extremely successful franchise might get a sequel soon?

Arkane Studios' Lost Half-Life Project and More Will Be Explored in a New Documentary

Noclip's history of Arkane is coming next week, covering everything from LMNO to Prey.

Iron Man VR Is Getting a New PSVR Bundle and a Free Demo

If you've already got Sony's VR solution, you can suit up real soon.

Factorio Dev Gets $39,600 From G2A as a Make-Good For Stolen Key Sales

G2A says it will continue to pay devs for key chargeback losses "if they are able to prove they were illegitimate."

The Fate of System Shock 3 Now Rests With Tencent

It's unclear at this point whether the project is actually moving forward or not.

Doom Eternal Will Get Rid of Denuvo Anti-Cheat on PC Soon

Marty Stratton says including it in the first place was id's decision, not Bethesda's.

Kerbal Space Program 2 Delayed to Fall 2021 Due to "Unique Challenges" From COVID-19

The new studio behind the sequel says it'll keep fans updated on its progress.

Serious Sam 4 Nails Down Release Window, Announces Limited PC and Stadia Exclusivity

Croteam's over-the-top FPS will come to Google's streaming platform before it hits consoles.

Here's What Monkey Island 2 Might've Sounded Like With Voice Acting

Before LucasArts went all-in on voiceover, it tested it out with a bit of LeChuck's Revenge.

For Lego Super Mario, Getting Power-Ups Will Cost You Extra

Four individual "Power-Up Packs" are launching alongside the starter set.

Wasteland Devs Will Use Unreal Engine 5 For a New Next-Gen RPG

With Wasteland 3 a few months away, inXile is giving us an idea of where it's heading next.

The Witcher Star Henry Cavill Now Has a Tribute Character in Total War: Warhammer 2

Painting all those minis (and being a great actor) all leads up to this.

Ghost of Tsushima Offers Lots of Flexibility Between Samurai and Ghost Abilities, Sucker Punch Says

Along with moving away from Sucker Punch's trademark karma divide, Tsushima will let you play however you like.

If You Like Ellie's Tattoo, Sony Hopes You'll Like The Last of Us 2 Special Edition PS4 Pro

Fern on the console, fern on the controller, fern on whatever you'd like.

Doom Eternal Update on PC Leads to Review Bombing Over Anti-Cheat and New Crashes

Last week's "Update 1" launch has not gone over well.

Half-Life: Alyx Modders Are Oddly Obsessed With Filling Maps With Pianos

Tinkerers are getting silly with one of Half-Life: Alyx's coolest VR toys: a baby grand piano.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Stamp Rally Won't Take Long to Finish

Like the May Day maze, you'll probably knock this out in a single sitting.

How Documentaries Are Helping Preserve Gaming Culture We're at Risk of Losing

USgamer spoke with six filmmakers about their work and how it makes gaming history accessible to viewers.

Half-Life: Alyx's Mod Scene is Officially Off to the Races

Fan-made VR creations for Valve's Source 2 engine just got the green light.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Spotify Playlist is the "Full Extent" of Returning Tracks for Remaster

It's not just about Superman and Guerrilla Radio.

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More Classic Games, Including Rygar

Also Panel de Pon, a win for those who are too cool for Tetris Attack.

The Musicians of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Unite for a Digital Performance

The vibes of this performance, reader? They're extremely good.

Ghost of Tsushima Lets You Pet the Fox

Between bouts of high samurai drama, it looks like the exploration will be rife with animal friends.

Why Indie Devs Are Calling Epic's New Unreal Engine Policy a "Game Changer"

By only taking royalties on titles that earn over $1 million, Unreal could expand its base of indies.

Epic's Tim Sweeney Calls the PlayStation 5's Storage System "God-Tier"

He's rather bullish on the PS5's high-end architecture.

Mafia: Trilogy Collection Announced, More Details Coming Next Week

Family, power, respect. That's three things together, get it?

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says 2021's Games Are More Likely to Feel Impact of the Pandemic

Spencer sheds light on what's not keeping pace during the pandemic.

Ghost of Tsushima Gets a Dedicated State of Play Stream This Week

Sony's next State of Play is all about samurai.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster Coming in September [Update]

Tighten your trucks and tune those tricks—Tony's back.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Will Hit 30 FPS 'Minimum' on Xbox Series X, Ubisoft Says

That doesn't preclude the possibility of higher frame rates, but it makes a 4K, 60 FPS experience seem less likely.

PlayStation Studios' New Cinematic Opening for First-Party Games Has Some Marvel Vibes

Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios is a lot to type, so why not make things simpler?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Localizer Explains the Origins of Infamous Sea Bass Joke

Rob Heiret says "it's been humbling" to see New Horizons take off, but he's also a bit tired of the sea bass.

Mafia's Twitter Account is Back With a Mysterious One Word Message

Maybe the social media person's a big Fast and Furious fan?

GameStop Hypes up Killing Dogs in The Last of Us Part 2 to the Internet’s Dismay

Last of Us Part 2 does feature violence against dogs, but Naughty Dog isn't the one saying that's something to be "excited" about.

Destiny 2 Is Coming to Next-Gen Consoles

With "more details to come," maybe Bungie is eyeing more than backward compatibility.

Dirt 5 Revealed, and It's Set to Feature Some Very Familiar Voices

Two of gaming's biggest stars will feature heavily in Dirt's next career mode.

Watch the Xbox Series X Gameplay Showcase Right Here

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is headlining this Series X-focused Inside Xbox show.

Disintegration, the Sci-Fi FPS Debut From V1 Interactive, Launches in June

It's the first game from V1 Interactive and Private Division's next release.

An Abandoned Prince of Persia Project Surfaces on YouTube

This Prince of Persia Redemption reel has been sitting idle on YouTube for quite some time.

Fortnite's No-Combat "Party Royale" Mode Launches This Week

No weapons, just music, activities, and friends in silly costumes.

Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Game Pass Tweet Quickly Dismissed as False Alarm

An account claiming to represent Xbox Portugal removed and apologized for the message.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fans Made a Fake Nintendo Direct to Share Their Features Wishlist

If crafting's become the bane of your existence, this video's for you.

Cyberpunk 2077 Rated M With Emphasis on Gore and Sexual Content

The ESRB's rating summary is pretty clear about how far Cyberpunk pushes boundaries.

Arcade Closures Have Sparked a Killer Queen Single-Player Experiment

Abs vs The Blood Queen is set to take Killer Queen from ten players down to one.

Halo 2: Anniversary Will Have Its Second Coming on PC Next Week

We're nearly halfway to a complete version of the Master Chief Collection.

Apex Legends Sinks Skull Town in Season 5's New Trailer

Loba's arrival may herald the end for one of Apex's hottest drop zones.

CD Projekt Red Is Teasing Something New for Cyberpunk 2077 in June

Sure, we'll watch whatever Night City Wire is.

Report: New Oculus Quest in Development, May Be Pushed to 2021

A lighter-weight Quest with a faster refresh rate could be a big win for the VR market.

Amazon Games' Crucible, a Free-to-Play Shooter, Launches This Month

It's a colorful mishmash of PvP, PvE, and objective-based gameplay.

The Donkey Kong Cheating Scandal Is Scheduled for a Court Hearing Soon

Billy Mitchell filed suit against retro gaming scorekeepers Twin Galaxies last year.

The Last of Us Part 2 Development Wraps With a Message From Neil Druckmann

"No matter what you've seen, or heard, or read, nothing compares to playing this thing from beginning to end."

Doom Eternal Composer Mick Gordon and id Software Go Through Nasty Public Divorce

As a result of the Doom Eternal soundtrack imbroglio, id is moving on without Gordon.

Free Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Update Adds Those Red Sith Lightsabers You’ve Been Wanting

There's also a New Game+ option and some Jedi combat trials.

Abandoned Vagrant Story 2 Prologue Has Some Enticing Ties to Final Fantasy 14

Director Yasumi Matsuno dropped this nugget on Twitter a little while ago, and it's well worth a read.

Phil Spencer Emphasizes That Game Production Is the "Bigger Unknown" for Series X in 2020

Spencer tells CNBC that while hardware is "on track," game development presents different challenges.

There's a Free Dreams Demo, but it Doesn't Show Off Everything

If Dreams is a full night's sleep, this offering is more like a power nap.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Male and Female Protagonists Are Both Canon, Says Narrative Director

"We're not going to spoil how we managed that trick until you play the game."

GDC's Summer Event Is Now Going All-Digital

The August event will look to bring GDC's talks and opportunities "to everyone with an internet connection."

Apex Legends’ Newest Character Is Already Sneaking Around the Main Menu Screen

Loba's not really here 'til the start of Season 5, but you can go looking for her now.

Today's Your Last Chance to Get Tarantulas and Other Creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Get your tarantulas, tuna, and marlin before they go away for a few months.

Burnout Paradise Remastered Sets a June Release for Nintendo Switch

Hopefully your car will be the only thing drifting, not your Joy-Cons.

Report: No Nintendo Direct Planned for June Due to Remote Work Struggles

The pandemic is reportedly "forcing Nintendo to push back its schedule."

Xbox Game Pass Reaches 10 Million Subscriber Milestone

Game Pass members also end up adding more friends on Xbox Live.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Latest Update Brought More Changes Than Patch Notes Suggest

Did you know that you can drop your guns now?

Strange Carvings in Fallout 76 Have Sparked a Community Secret Hunt

Appalachia, send your finest detectives.

Dungeon Siege and the Newer Deus Ex Games Are on Sale at an Absolute Steal

You can also pick up the first two Deus Ex games for a dollar each.

Indivisible Devs Caught Off Guard by Its Surprise Switch Launch [Update: Publisher Responds]

505 Games now calls the release "a happy accident."

Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Reacts to Leaked 18+ Rating: "You Surprised?"

It seems to take more to earn an 18+ rating in Brazil, but 2077 looks to have landed it.

"Alien Day" Sale Knocks the Price of Alien: Isolation Down 95 Percent on Steam

Two dollars is a steal for one of the scariest games of the generation.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has a Hefty 15GB Download Coming For Consoles

"Data Pack 1" will also need a special install procedure on PS4 and Xbox One.

Apex Legends Is Sending Off Season 4 With a Strange Twist

The upcoming Battle Armor event will give all players armor and a pistol by default.

Super Mario Maker 2's World Editor Includes a Sneaky Way to Make Hidden Paths

If only these could be combined with secret exits…

Pets Could Come in a Future Fallout 76 Update, so Plan a House for Dogmeat Now

Could Eyebots count as pets too? Please say yes, Bethesda.

No New WWE 2K Game This Year, Says WWE

Meanwhile, publisher 2K says it has "exciting news" for the WWE 2K franchise in store.

Fallout 76: Wastelanders' NPCs Seem to Enjoy Grave Robbing

Bethesda says a fix is on the way for this not-so-nice NPC behavior.

You'll Be Able to Watch Pokemon's Newest Anime Series on Netflix

This'll be the first time new episodes have debuted in the U.S. on a streaming service.

Battlefield 5's Major Updates Will End After June

After the summer, don't expect any more big content drops.

First Previous

Page 1 of 9