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December 18 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Crime and Mystery Lovers!

The holidays are a season for giving (even if that giving is really for yourself—go ahead, we won't tell). So we've compiled a list of unique gift ideas for that crime and mystery...
May 23 2013

Nobody Expects the Space Inquisition: Warhammer 40K Tie-in Novels

My first experience with Games Workshop’s tabletop miniature war game Warhammer 40,000 left me rather unimpressed. Basically it involved moving around a bunch of little metal figures and...
March 3 2013

The Game of Life is a Little Deadly...

Ever play a game and wonder just where the creators got their ideas? As it turns out, one of the greatest games ever to be created for wordsmiths was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Alfred Butts,...
March 3 2013

Interactive Fiction: Now You’re the Detective

I’m one of those people who shouts at a book when a character does something stupid or ignores a vital clue. I will smack the page with a “No, you idiot, the lamp. Look at the lamp. Don’t...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 19 2012

Quick, Watson! The (Scavenger) Hunt is On!

When the creators of Elementary wanted to promote the show’s debut with a Sherlock-themed scavenger hunt, New York-based Watson Adventures (Yes, that’s their real name!) was the natural...
August 12 2012

Smooth Criminal: Why Does Crime Seem So Cool?

First off, let me be clear: we’re talking about crime in literature, on television, in games, etc. That kind of crime. Not like actually getting your car stolen or reading a blotter note about...
July 18 2012

The Dark Side—And Why We Love It

Recently my son Stan (6) discovered something it took me until I was an adult to figure out. He’d been playing a lot of Lego Batman on his Nintendo DS—I know I’m a model parent—and I noticed...
June 14 2012

Can You Solve Smithsonian’s Deadeye Murders in Fewer Than 25 Days?

But of course you can, crimefighter! Five people killed outdoors in five different states, and the FBI needs someone to Solve the Deadeye Murders in fewer than 25 days, when the serial killer will strike...
May 20 2012

Quiz Yourself: Which Sherlock Character’s Motivating You?

Arrgh! We can’t believe tonight is already the LAST episode of Sherlock’s Season Two—we just got started and now we’re already to the finale, “The Reichenbach Fall!” With its murky agendas...
May 17 2012

Spate Brings the Detection (and Rain) to Platform Gaming!

If you recall one thing from the early days of arcade video games, you know you had to line up your quarter for next play and that Donkey Kong is a low-down kidnapper. And platformers—video games...
May 1 2012

Gambling On—or With—Sherlock

Last week I was away. Our timeshare offers many things my normal life does not—beaches, drinks with umbrellas in them, someone else making the beds, and gambling. Now, I am not a big gambler. I play...
November 30 2011

Skyrim: Playing at Mass Decapitation

I’m a guy that likes video games. Of course being born in ’84 and growing up with Mario helped a bit. Some games even cater to our particular flavor of genre here at Criminal Element....
October 28 2011

Sherlock Plays with his Mummy (Among Other Monsters)

Adventure games are video games that are like mysteries.  There’s a premise that explains the mission.  Players have to explore their environments, find clues, solve puzzles, sometimes fight...
May 20 2011

Clue® Game Night: Cocktail Party

One is never too old (or too young) to play Clue®. But do send your kids to bed before serving up some of these ideas for cocktails at your next Clue game night. Let the mystery unwind! Mrs....
May 9 2011

Investigation Notes from a Video Game Nerd

The upcoming release of highly anticipated game L.A. Noire and the release of the anthology have crime thriller and gaming fans at the edge of their seats (sofas?), but we should not forget about...
May 3 2011

Pistol Envy: L.A. Noire and Forgotten Dicks

Set in a dramatically-colored 1947, strivers, sleazes, and sidewinders will be accompanied by loads of jazz in Rockstar Games' new video game to be released on May 17th in the...