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.
There's a lot—good, bad, and everything in between—to look back on this year. I don't know about you, but I'm mostly feeling tired.
If you were hoping for the highest of high-end performance… dream on, Faden.
Yet another way to play Among Us today and one more planned for next year.
2020's most confusing Nintendo decision is a "celebration," but hey, at least we know the island fun won't be stopping soon.
The new additions look out of place to many, but 343 says a toggle option is being explored.
Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.
Ben Carter's chip design makes real-time lighting and reflections possible on a 30-year-old console.
The classic roguelike platformer *and* the new hotness are finally coming to Nintendo.
Warner's pushing back its toasty release for a dual debut in theaters and on HBO Max.
"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwi?ski.
Two publishing giants want the makers of the Dirt and Formula One games.
Break out your holiday wishlist and hope for some surprise releases.
A strong debut for Sony hasn't stopped Switches from flying off shelves.
Hades, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Among Us did get some well-earned love too.
Joanna's back in a new story conceived by The Initiative.
Michael Booth joins Anna Sweet, CEO of Bad Robot Games, on a journey from Valve to VR to JJ.
In pursuit of a disc-flinging esports renaissance, Dotemu's leaving this sequel in the oven a bit longer.
Our money's on it being Geoff Keighley himself. Imagine getting hit with a "World Premiere" Final Smash.
Pretend to be in a plane while listening to a podcast on recreating the experience you're pretending to have…
In a year full of other adaptation news, you might've forgotten we're due for a Wake-up call on TV.
Be a Kiwi for a day if you want to get into Night City now.
Browser-based Xbox cloud gaming is just around the corner.
Yes, Infinite will be coming out about a year later than originally intended, but test flights are making a comeback.
Red Thread's dystopian road trip may end up being the first title published by David Cage's newly independent studio.
A Game Informer editor says she experienced a grand mal seizure as a result of a particular scene.
Raashi Sikka joins Ubisoft from Uber, a company with its own public struggles regarding worker treatment.
The Prince will still make a comeback early next year, just not quite as soon as expected.
A new PS5 sizzle reel nails down timing for Athia and a few other Sony-favored titles.
We'll have our review up in due time, but here's how other outlets are feeling about CD Projekt Red's latest.
The Classic Tetris World Championship ended with yet another thrilling showdown in 2020.
Certain performance quirks and absent features won't be around for long, at least not according to Microsoft.
Ryan, PlayStation's CEO, wants to push back on the idea that Sony shifted its attention away from Japanese games and gamers.
Get ready for Tactical Espionage Isaac.
You'll still be leaving Verdansk for a new Cold War locale soon, just not *that* soon.
If you get on GOG, you can start Geralt's story from the beginning for free.
If you've managed to get a new console, you might worry about a sudden failure blindsiding you. Here's what experts think about the longevity of the new machines so far.
More information on the team-up will be released as part of a new podcast series.
That lever-action rifle spin does look like it'd be incredibly fun.
The researchers say the work could be "useful for almost all aspects of gaming and visual technologies."
Jesse Faden's bringing Haven, Va-11 Hall-A, and cheap three-month subscriptions with her.
Where's the pistol in Classic Mode though, id?
We've barely heard a peep about Xbox's delayed launch title since August.
A report from Vice sheds light on the inspiration behind one of the PS5's biggest features.
If you're lucky enough to live nearby or are cleared to travel, you'll be able to visit the Mushroom Kingdom in a matter of weeks.
The Doom Slayer is sliding in for a last-minute 2020 launch on Nintendo's platform.
As for whether the spoon-bending psychic-type will appear in the TCG again, that's up to Nintendo.
That means it'll also be removed from the eShop soon.
A Microsoft spokesperson says that developers are "just now scratching the surface" of what the new Xbox consoles can do.
Despite the widespread e-commerce woes, the PS5 had the biggest console debut ever.
With many still banking V-Bucks from one Battle Pass to buy the next, Epic’s adding a new subscription to entice players.
Spencer still isn't into the console wars mindset. The real issue, as he sees it, is one the whole entertainment industry faces.
This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.
Hot on the heels of IO's big 007 announcement, Hitman's looking to give Night City a run for its money.
Now, owners of the original on PS4 can pick things up with New Pete where they left off.
It's not Beat Saber, Superhot, or Half-Life: Alyx, but it's cool in its own right.
Next up, we might finally start to hear about casting.
It sounds like this is one big benefit of Smart Delivery for developers.
The first story content drop from Crystal Dynamics and company is coming next month.
That blasted garden gnome is going to space for real this time.
Bluepoint's Demon's Souls Remake Left Out an Easy Mode to "Preserve" the Original Intent
Sorry, Nintendo, but Mitzi won't ever be taking down her Bernie 2020 yard sign.
Supergiant and Naughty Dog have racked up the nods at this year's Keighley-tastic show.
It also seems like Epic isn't going to back down after today's App Store policy change.
Looks like Titan and Vanguard are getting more support from EA after all.
Hugues Ricour, once the boss at Ubisoft Singapore, will remain employed in a different position after a leadership audit.
The Chicago-based team is also welcoming some Bungie talent to the fold and creating a new Co-CEO position.
The Fortnite maker's legal battle with Apple is centered on the App Store's 30% fee. Now, for many companies, that'll be halved.
The hyperbole surrounding the story of Bugsnax is a bit much, don't you think?
He also isn't ready to say whether 2021's God of War will be a cross-gen title.
Move your island! Expand your home inventory! Go completely bald for the holidays!
Steve isn't into diamonds anymore. He's all about Kyber crystals now.
Bungie brought back the Cosmodrome and, inadvertently, the act of shooting lazily into a room for shiny engrams.
An Easter egg in SpellForce 3: Fallen God is just that—an Easter egg and nothing more.
There's beta support out right now, but some features are absent on the Sony side.
We're never gonna protect this trippy Tetris realm if you don't!
Sadly, it's not *more* Half-Life, but it is a free and interesting update.
Sales-wise, the new Xbox consoles are off to a good start, at least vaguely so.
New face, same absent Avengers.
The streaming giant's new response to a rash of copyright-related removals is seen by many as long-overdue and insufficient.
Taylor will be the first (and so far only) person from the games to reprise their role on TV.
WWF No Mercy director Hideyuki Iwashita is also working on the project.
Phil Spencer says Microsoft isn't "out there with [its] business card" courting teams in Japan.
Want the next 48 hours to pass by faster? Listen to some new tracks.
After launching Season 7 with sluggish progression changes, Respawn wants to make things up to players.
"Patience is a virtue" indeed.
Sony says the limitation stems from a focus on supporting TVs first.
It's not a new standard just yet, but that $70 Demon's Souls could've cost more.
Sony also has details on how streaming PS5 to PC and mobile will work at launch.
Another Telltale adventure property makes a comeback.
More than enough time to binge The Mandalorian or to watch 1986's Mr. Boogedy several dozen times.
Work is "underway" on the potential for moving PS5 games off of the SSD.
The Master Chief Collection will be complete on Windows in just a matter of days.
The makers of Octodad are serving up another charming oddity on PS4, PS5, and PC.
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