Promotional artwork for 'Celeste' (2018) Maddy Makes Games

ACMI presents


Maddy Makes Games | Canada | 2018 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Wed 12 Apr 2023

Put your skills to the test in this challenging, yet moving 8-bit platformer.

Madeline has decided to traverse her way to the top of Celeste Mountain; she didn’t expect that she would come face to face with her inner demons along the way.

Celeste is an ode to the 8-bit platforming that presents players with a game that is difficult to master but never unfair – and encourages them to keep on going even when the going is rough.

Created by Canadian developer Maddy Thornton (Maddy Makes Games), the game explores themes of anxiety and depression with an ultimately hopeful message at its core. Celeste is rightfully regarded as a modern masterpiece.

Celeste is available on a range of platforms: Nintendo Switch , Playstation, Xbox and Steam.

[Celeste is] surprisingly sweet, soulful and welcoming, its heartwarming story gently motivating you from one tricky stage to the next.


Event duration

60 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


The Women & Non Binary Gamers Club will take place online on Zoom. Once you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with the link to join the Zoom meeting.

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What to expect

For the first 20 minutes we will live stream gameplay with commentary. Then it's time to chat about the game of the month, however if conversation just isn't for you then you're welcome to listen or contribute via the chat.

You don’t need to have played the game to attend. 


In order to create a safe space for under-represented people in the world of videogames, this club is exclusively for women, gender-non-conforming, trans and non-binary folks.

Read our Community Code of Conduct

About your host

Georgia Symons

Georgia Symons is a maker of theatre, games, and interactive experiences, and she lives and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong peoples. She holds a Master Degree in Writing for Performance from the VCA (2014), and is a member of the Theatreworks She Writes collective. She is a part of the Ghost Pattern team, whose videogame Wayward Strand (2022) has been released on all platforms.

In all her work, Georgia wants to bring people together to conduct experiments, pranks and spooky rituals. She is currently working on a short story collection, and a play about a cannibalism startup. She is a great cyclist, a good cook, an average dancer and a terribly slow reader.

Georgia Symons
Screenshot from Gris

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Community Code of Conduct

Everyone participating in an ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club event — including, but not limited to the meets, clubs and talks — is required to agree to the following code of conduct. This includes all attendees, speakers, performers, patrons, and volunteers.

ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club will enforce this code during its events and throughout the year. We expect cooperation from everyone to ensure a safe, diverse, and welcoming environment.

The condensed version

ACMI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Sexist, racist, discriminatory, or harassing language and imagery is not appropriate in the ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club community, in person or online. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event and premises, as well as all future events without a refund at the discretion of ACMI.

The less condensed version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Exception: discussion or images related to sex, pornography, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria:

— It is necessary to the topic of discussion and no alternative exists
— It is presented in a respectful manner
— Attendees are respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand.

This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices or unnecessary examples.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are required to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in any of the aforementioned behaviour, ACMI may take any action they deem appropriate, from warning the offender to immediately expelling the offender with no refund.

Reporting and enforcement

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an ACMI Women & Non-Binary Gamer Club team member immediately. If you can’t or don’t wish to speak in person, or prefer to talk privately or electronically, contact us via gamerclub@acmi.net.au.  

All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence.

With thanks

This document was based on the work of XOXO Festival, JSConf, Geek Feminism, confcodeofconduct.com, and inspired by resources provided by Ashe Dryden.

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.