For the last session of 2021, the Women & Non-Binary Gamers Club is joined by Creative Director Wren Brier to play Witch Beam's Unpacking, the Zen puzzle game that has taken the internet by storm.
Unpacking turns the mundanity of moving house into an extraordinary portrait of emotional vulnerability.
Part block-placing puzzle game, part house decoration game, Witch Beam Games' Unpacking is a beautiful indie game that 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.
This month, the club is lucky to be joined by Unpacking's Creative Director Wren Brier, who will answer questions, talk about the development process, and maybe, if we're lucky, spill a secret or two.
Unpacking is available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Linux, macOS, Xbox Series X and Series S and Microsoft Windows.
About our host
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.
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