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 // 39 Articles
Reviews // 139 Articles
Blogs // 380 Articles

The Sanctity of Endings in 'Dark Souls III' | 1 Feb 2017 // 10:00 PM

The Sable Church tells us to work towards the Darkness, yet it also tells us not to let the First Flame go out; it tells us to take the flame for ourselves.

History, Commentary, and Religiosity in 'No Man's Sky' | 28 Nov 2016 // 3:16 AM

The universe of No Man's Sky may be calm, but it’s certainly no utopia.


'Event[0]' Is a Fresh Take on the AI Story | 15 Dec 2016 // 4:10 AM

Event[0] uses the fundamental awkwardness of talking with an AI to dramatic effect.

'Ballistick': Looking for the Most Efficient Kill | 23 Nov 2016 // 3:00 AM

The stick figure killer never looks badass, but you'll feel like a badass playing him, and that’s a much more impressive accomplishment.


'The Last Guardian' Questions Its Fairy Tale Morality | 20 Mar 2017 // 4:25 AM

The Last Guardian shows us the value in questioning our assumptions.

'Sorcery! 2' Encourages Some Narrative Responsibility | 10 Mar 2017 // 4:02 AM

In Sorcery! 2 consequences matter. Not in a major way, but just enough to focus your play, which is both good and bad.

//Mixed media

Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

// Notes from the Road

"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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