When A Porn Star Appeared In A Video Game About Giant Space Cats

Like anyone else who played PC games in the early 1990s, I was, and still am, madly in love with Wing Commander III, perhaps the finest moment of the period's fixation with using real actors.

One thing always seemed a little weird to me though: why was there a porn star on the ship?

Yes, among the other luminaries of the silver screen appearing in the game, like Mark Hamill, Jonathan Rhys Davies and Malcolm McDowell, a starring role was set aside for Ginger Lynn Allen. Otherwise known as Ginger Lynn. Otherwise known as one of the biggest porn stars of the 1980s.

She played the role of down-to-earth maintenance worker Rachel Coriolis, one of two possible love interests for the player character (the other being the unbearable Jennifer MacDonald).

Any young men hoping that opting with Lynn would result in some hot, compressed FMV action were of course left bitterly disappointed, as romantic scenes were relegated to the odd kiss and some light petting, though given the fact any sex scenes would have also involved Mark Hamill, maybe we should be thankful for that. Or despondent! Up to you.

Lynn, who in the mid-1980s emerged as one of the biggest porn stars in America (she made, um, 69 movies in all), left the adult business behind in 1986 to try and break into mainstream cinema. Despite a brief appearance in Young Guns II and...Wing Commander III, she mostly failed in this attempt, resulting in a brief return to porn around the turn of the millennium.

What's interesting about Lynn's appearance in the game, one of the real blockbusters of its time, is that her previous job was used almost as a selling point. I remember even as a 12-13 year-old, reading up on the game's development, that alongside "Luke Skywalker", "the arsehole from Back to the Future", "the fat guy from Indiana Jones" and "Malcolm McDowell" would be this porn star.

Not that she was ever used as sexy marketing; like I said, the cast spends almost the entire game over-dressed. The video to the left (featuring Lynn) is about as racy as Wing Commander III gets. Her past was mentioned, then just...left there. Like a bullet-point.

Which now I look back was pretty cool. I mean, yeah, it would have been easy to make a big deal out of it, but director Chris Roberts took his games very (some might say too) seriously. Bringing a former porn star onboard in the middle of his epic sci-fi tale just to sex things up wouldn't have been his style. So like everyone else involved, their prior — and often embarassing — track records were brought up then thrown in the pot, so all involved could get on with enjoying a story not about washed-up actors working for a paycheque, but about giant space cats trying to kill us all.


Comments

    I still have the Wing Comander series, my first space sim that i liked.

    Heh I'm sure there's a joke about her starring in a game with so many pussies in there somewhere...

    Eh, she was a decent actor. People make too much of the porn stuff anyway- Tom Cruise or Ginger Lynn, an actor's an actor, same job.

    watch corvette summer, mark hamil with a girl who's a hooker. same shiz.

    (she made, um, 69 movies in all)

    "um" like you had to think about it
    you own them all

      It was probably more like "um...hehe, 69" rather than him needing to thinking about it.

    She auditioned and was hired before anyone realised who she was. They brought her back for Prophecy. And I'm totally sure they didn't play up the porn star angle so they could let the game shine on it's own, and not at all because the "video games are corrupting our children" brigade would have had a field day with it. We're talking relatively soon after 'controversies' like Night Trap, Mortal Kombat etc. set off Congressional hearings in the US about video games.

    My dad got this on the PS1 when I was 4, I thought it was an awesome game, I still play it sometimes.

    Lol, I'd bet 100:1 she got hired by a vocal minority of closet fans at the company... or not-so-closet.

    "DUUUUUDE, success rules! let's hire... uh... superman? nah, screw superman, let's get LUKE SKYWALKER!! Damn man, holy grail moment, effin teenage dream-come-true...eh, wait!! that's an idea. who was your fave pornstar when you were 17?"

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