Still from Unpacking (2021) - kid's bedroom with moving boxes on the floor
Still from Unpacking (2021) - kid's bedroom with moving boxes on the floor
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Unpacking (2021) Witch Beam Games

ACMI presents

Unpacking

Witch Beam Games | Australia |
Videogame

For the last Women and Non Binary Gamers Club of 2021, we play the Zen puzzle game that has taken the internet by storm: Unpacking, by Brisbane-based studio, Witch Beam games.

Unpacking turns the mundanity of moving house into an extraordinary portrait of emotional vulnerability.

David Smith, Kotaku Australia

Part block-placing puzzle game, part house decoration game, this beautiful indie gives the player a heart-wrenching glimpse into the life of an unseen protagonist by asking us to unpack her house, over eight different households. Played without timers, point, or lives, this beautiful, meditative title features 14,000 unique sounds, as the player finds new nooks and crannies for the protagonist's items, whether she's setting up a childhood bedroom, or finding space for herself in her first share house.

Unpacking gives its players space to explore their own decorative impulses, with its occasional gentle constraints perfectly placed to shape the unfolding narrative. As you carefully unpack the boxes in each new home, Unpacking takes the stressful experience of moving house and turns it into something reflective, gentle and moving. The game explores emotional substrata of how we exist in space, how we share it, and how it becomes part of who we are. Over so many house moves, you are given an intimate insight into a character you never see, and to learn a story you’re never directly told.

Unpacking is available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Linux, macOS, Xbox Series X and Series S and Microsoft Windows.

When

Wed 8 Dec 2021

6–7pm (AEDT)

Where

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

Register by 5pm on Tue 7 Dec 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 an assistant curator at ACMI. In their spare time, they write about videogames and the people who make them. Follow them on Twitter.

Jini Maxwell - Black and White headshot - cropped

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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.