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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Cross

Archives in Video Games: Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

I'm going to make this a very brief examination of a very brief moment of dialogue that comes with the game Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments. The game itself is an episodic crime-solving procedural with a variety of puzzles that puts you, the player, in the shoes of everyone's favorite Victorian sociopath. I'm not familiar with all of the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so I don't know if any of the crimes in the game are adaptations or if they're mysteries created from whole cloth by the game developers at Frogware.

It really doesn't matter because we're here to talk about archives and archivists, not the merits of the game itself. While playing as Holmes, you have the ability to shuffle around your apartment at 221B Baker Street and in one such instance you pass by your hearth and your "archives."

Please enjoy the clip below from Unofficial Secret Sleepover Society.

So, yeah, Holmes' archives is stacks of newspapers next to the fireplace. I also agree with Jacob that his archives sucks.

Pardon me while I go bash my head into a wall.

Also, here's a full view of the "archives."

Just let that sink in and join me in my pain and suffering.


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