Screenshot from Spelunky (2008)
Screenshot from Spelunky (2008)
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Spelunky (2008)

ACMI presents

Spelunky

Derek Yu |
Videogame

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Join us as we go Spelunking in an underground world of procedurally generated caverns bursting with traps, treasures and endless possibilities.

Spelunky may well be one of the most unassumingly mindblowing games of the last 10 years.

Anthony Burch, The Escapist

The premise of Spelunky is simple: you play as an explorer, equipped only with a handful of bombs and ropes who is delving deep into mysterious caves in search of treasure, and trying to survive as long as you can. It’s the execution that makes this game remarkable: the caves are procedurally generated, making each run through of the game unique, and your store of bombs can drastically alter the landscape, unlocking secrets (or accidentally blocking your path!)

What’s more, every aspect of the game can interact with each other, whether the play is present or not – an attacking bat might trigger a trap, saving you from a fate you hadn’t noticed; a damsel (or dog or himbo, depending on your settings) in distress might slip and fall onto a sacrificial altar, winning you favour with a mysterious god; a caveman might distract the shopkeeper, leaving the wealth of his inventory available to you – but later shopkeepers will want revenge for your shoplifting!

Spelunky is available on: Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Chrome OS and Switch.

When

Where

The Women & Non Binary Gamers Club will take place online on Zoom.

Register by 5pm on Tue 20 July 2021 and details for the club will be emailed to you.

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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. 

Who

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 our host

Jini Maxwell

Jini Maxwell is a writer, and creative producer based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. They are a staff writer for Screenhub and Artshub, where they report on local game development, as well as working as a creative producer at Freeplay Independent Games Festival. Jini regularly contributes games reviews to The Saturday Paper, and has contributed critical writing to Screen Education, ACCA online, Overland, and the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Soundescapes. Deeply interested in exploring the relationship between writing and videogames, they previously directed the National Young Writers Festival, and curated the Digital Intimacies exhibition of poetry and videogames in 2019. In 2018, Jini was also one of three Emerging Critics in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre, creating hypertext criticism in response to live performance. Follow them on Twitter.

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Women & Non-Binary Gamers Club

Wish you had a book club for videogames? Now you do.

Join our monthly talk and play meetup to make new friends, share your love of new releases, geek out over old favourites and be part of a safe and inclusive community.

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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.