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Video Game / The Orion Conspiracy

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The Orion Conspiracy is the title of a graphic adventure computer game that was released in 1995. The game was published by Domark and developed by Divide By Zero. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board gave the game a "Teen" rating, while the ELSPA gave it a "18+" rating for its profanity, violence and reference to homosexuality. The game was released on DOS and later the Windows operating system.

In the year 2160, the universe is run by corrupt corporations and governments that will do anything in order to get what they want. On a space station, Devlin McCormack has just buried his estranged son, only to receive news afterwards that he was murdered. Devlin seeks to unravel the conspiracy behind his son's murder.

This Video Game contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: The game came with a 12-page comic book produced especially to be packaged with the game. It details the backstory of Devlin McCormack and is family. Devlin is the sole survivor of an attack on his ship during the Company Wars, sustaining permanent damage to his lungs due to smoke inhalation. Returning home an unable to work, (making him a social outcast in the company-centric colony) Devlin becomes severely depressed, combined with survivor's guilt. The toll of this drives Danny to leave home. Devlin's wife commits suicide shortly thereafter. The comic ends with Devlin arriving at the space station for Danny's funeral.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Devlin McCormack is the older protagonist and Captain Shannon is the younger antagonist. The antagonist even insults Devlin's age at one point.
  • Ur-Example: This game, released in 1995, is the Ur-Example of the Coming-Out Story in Video Games. There have been reports of games containing LGBT+ dating back to the 1980s, but The Orion Conspiracy is one of the first, if not the first, games to break the gay taboo.