We return to the age of 3D platformers and PS2 aesthetics with this “Psychic Odyssey Through the Minds of Misfits, Monsters and Mayhem”.
A wildly imaginative, frequently hilarious and hugely entertaining platforming romp through the subconscious.”
You play as Razputin (Raz), a boy who has run away from his family of circus performers to attend a summer camp for psychically-gifted children. The camp is a recruitment strategy for the Psychonauts: spies who use their psychic abilities such as telekinesis and pyrokinesis to complete missions. But as Raz learns each new ability, he discovers something terribly wrong is happening to the other children – their brains are being stolen! – and it’s up to him to stop it.
Psychonauts’ chief mechanic is the ability to enter the minds of other characters in order to fix their neuroses or discover a well-kept secret. This is the cornerstone of Psychonauts’ status as a beloved cult-classic, setting the scene for unique puzzles and level design: the experience of exploring the kooky minds of the characters of Psychonauts takes root in every player’s head and stays there.
Psychonauts is available on maxOS, PC, Linux, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Playstation 2 and Playstation 4.
Jini Maxwell is a curator at ACMI, a writer, and co-host of ACMI's Women & Non-binary Gamers Club. Jini was named Best Gaming Journalist at the 2020 Samsung IT Journalism Awards, for their writing about videogames and the people who make them.
Claire Osborn-Li is a games writer who lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne. She studied Art History at the University of Melbourne and explores video games through an art theoretical lens. She has been published in Memo Review, and has presented at the AAANZ conference. Claire has written for ACMI on the Gallery 5 work, HYPER//ECHO, and is a contributor to GamesHub.
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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.
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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
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This document was based on the work of XOXO Festival, JSConf, Geek Feminism, confcodeofconduct.com, and inspired by resources provided by Ashe Dryden.
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