Nick Dinicola

Nick Dinicola made it through college with a degree in English, and now applies all his critical thinking skills to video games instead of literature. He reviews games and writes a weekly post for the Moving Pixels blog at PopMatters, and can be heard on the weekly Moving Pixels podcast. More of his reviews, previews, and general thoughts on gaming can be found at

Columns // 36 Articles
Reviews // 135 Articles
Blogs // 351 Articles

What Defines an "Old School" JRPG? | 27 Jul 2016 // 10:00 PM

There’s a common assumption that a story starring kids is also for kids, and that a kid’s story is inherently less complex, less nuanced, and simply lesser in quality.

'The Swords' Is a Short Game With a Simple Title That Hides a Wealth of Beauty | 23 May 2016 // 9:44 PM

Our drawing moves in circles and spirals, around us and our enemy, then swings from side to side quickly, as if dancing a jig.


'Lost Sea' Wants to Be a Casual Roguelike | 26 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Lost Sea is a fun low-impact experience until it remembers that it's a roguelike and rains down swift unmerciful death.

Sticking It to the Man with 'SteamWorld Heist' | 28 Jun 2016 // 3:00 AM

SteamWorld Heist is a game of little things that elevate simplicity into something blissful.


Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu' | 22 Jul 2016 // 4:19 AM

The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

'Mirror's Edge - Catalyst' Is a Disappointing Racing Game | 15 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

I come to Mirror's Edge to run along a track, not to look for a track that I can run along. I want to race, not explore.

//Mixed media

It's Not Easy Being Yellow

// Moving Pixels

"In which we consider the challenges of and the reasons for making the “wrong” color choice in Pokemon Go.

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