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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If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.
Nintendo's experiments with AR and Toys-to-Life games don't pay off in full here, but there's still some fun to be had.
We caught up with Tj Hughes to see what fresh surprises his playful food game has in store on PS5.
Developer Hosni Auji tells us about the sim for the frequent flier set.
With today's release of Halo 3: ODST for PC, USgamer sits down with 343's Michael Fahrny to talk about the always improving (but not-yet perfect) Halo compilation.
As the pandemic wears on and next-gen consoles approach, the Switch's release schedule is one big question mark.
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.
With the help of some streamers, we take a moment to reassess Mario Maker 2's merits.
Developers working on games for PS5 and Xbox Series X weigh in on what we can expect from those new solid-state hard drives.
Philip Tibitoski of Young Horses tells USG about working with the PS5, moving beyond Octodad, and teaming up with Kero Kero Bonito.
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Marcus Lehto, co-creator of Halo, tells USG why single-player is vital for V1 Interactive's flagship title.
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In bringing the oft-overlooked N64 entry to new systems, Bethesda, id, and Nightdive have canonized its story.
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Harmonix's latest, and its first big release for the Switch, is both in-line with the studio's past and feels brand new.
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It had an annoying cliffhanger, no doubt. Then, Valve made things worse.
The "Longest Passcode Level" isn't a troll. It's art.
Ring Fit starts adding its deeper mechanics after players have conquered the hardest exercise challenge of them all: sticking with it.
Talking with developers and a few members of Killer Queen's dedicated New York arcade scene about the new multiplayer spin-off.
Talking to Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone about the future of the popular farming sim.
Whatever time it takes to make a game feel just right on a new system is well-spent.
Nintendo's new fitness game excels when you're actively on an adventure.