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If you're reading this blog, then no doubt you know how to turn on the computer and navigate the Web. But how are you with using your machine's DVD drive? And arrowing around the screen? And figuring out solutions based on clues? If you think you've got all of those traits, then perhaps it's time to look into the new computer video game Sherlock Holmes : The Awakened.

As of yesterday, the web site of Sherlock Holmes: the Awakened had been drastically overhauled and gave way to the announcement that the game was ready to be shipped to U.S. customers.

If you're not familiar with the concept behind the game, it's a crossover of sorts, from mystery to horror - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle meets H.P. Lovecraft - in a seemingly routine investigation that tests the limits the great detective as he attempts to thwart the plans of a sect of the Cult of Cthulhu.

This new adventure of Sherlock Holmes marks the first time Sherlock Holmes has ever been presented in a three-dimensional virtual world. From the game's web site:
19th century England: Following a string of shocking disappearances on London’s fog-choked streets, an entire nation trembles in fear. As history’s most famed detective, loosen terror’s grip by tailing the perpetrators to the ends of the earth in epic 3D adventure Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened.

Inspired by the works of author H.P. Lovecraft, this globe-spanning saga of suspense and horror pits the master sleuth against his most dangerous foe yet – a fanatical cult seemingly devoted to ancient, evil god Cthulhu. From Baker Street to Bale, Louisiana to Scotland, hunt for hidden clues with the help of faithful companion Dr. Watson, solve fiendish puzzles and thwart the forces of darkness.

But beware – behind the fa├žade of everyday life lurk terrifying places and truths best forgotten. There are some secrets man was never meant to know: Dare you uncover them? Either way, the clock’s ticking. So what are you waiting for? The game is afoot!

While I'm not a gaming fan, I have spent some time in the virtual world Second Life. If this game helps bring some younger people into our midst and entices them to learn more about the sleuth of Baker Street through his original ventures, I'm all for it.

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