I am currently writing a Sherlock Holmes storygame. The only issue I'm having is that I'm not sure if I want to have the story take place when the stories were first written, or if it should be modern-day Sherlock Holmes. I would like your opinion on the matter.
(Oh yes, and I am also in need of a title, if you'd like to offer some ideas.)
If you have a question or need more clarification, then just post so. Thank you.
Your opinion would be greatly appreciated, ha-ha. (Bump)
I wouldn't mind seeing a modern day Sherlock.
Not saying you shouldn't do a classic one but aren't those kind of hard to do? I mean, it was a completely different time period and a lot has change.(Ways of talking, political views, social views, etc.) And might be hard to write realistically without first knowing the subject first hand or doing a lot of studying.
That does make sense. I kind of was leaning toward modern day anyhow. All right, then, I guess I just need help with a title.
if you are wanting to do a modern day Sherlock, make sure you dont just simply copy the current BBC show Sherlock that is based in modern times. try to add your own spin on the Sherlock mythos.
Don't worry, I won't. I may use the show as reference, simply to see how Holmes's and Watson's relationship progresses, but I won't copy the adventures they have.
I would like to see a classic setting. Would feel more like Sherlock Holmes. On the other hand, Arthur Conan Doyle himself wrote the stories in his modern day and not a hundred years ago, so nobody can blame you if you take the easier way out.
I think a period story would make it way more interesting.
Hope I'm not too late to join the discussion, but in my humble opinion, a Sherlock Holmes story put in a modern perspective just seems off. With forensics Holmes isn't really needed since you can easily discover what tobacco is on the floor, by a simple search using a forcenic lab.
Also, even though I'm a Sherlock Fan, (I've watched the tv movies, watched the Sherlock Stark rendition, which was terrible and such) but a Sherlock Holmes game would be hard to pull off. I mean, in study In scarlet, sherlock knows what happened in the beggining and really just spent most of the time laughing at the Scotland Yard. If you do make a game like that you shouldn't be playing as Sherlock, mabye as his apprentice or something like that, since Sherlock's intelligence makes it hard to pinpoint what he can or can't do.
A few very good points, Aman. The only issues are that if I keep it in the classic's time, then I would have to write the dialogue as such, which could definitely spark some problems, as well as having to make sure that I don't refer to anything modern day (which is more of an instinct for people, writing as how they live). Plus, if I write as the assistant--Watson--then it could also be complicated. Sherlock is the one who makes most of the decisions and errors--Watson just observes and writes. At least, that's how it is in the first few of the Sherlock tales. So if the person plays as Sherlock, they have to figure it out as if they were him, using deduction and such. Being Watson won't give them an opportunity to do so.
So really, I'm just trying to find a way to either make it modern day, but have Sherlock still needed, or in the classic's time, but make sure people can still understand it (not everyone could understand the language of the late 1800's) while also keeping true to the facts.
As to the modern, I can understand saying that it would be difficult to implement old language, but then don't have it be modern day, do it at the 20th century early, so that you won't have to deal with the fact that the whole thing makes Sherlock useless, considering that he's actually just a detective and a forcenicw lab. No real need for him.
as for the being Sherlock Problem, I would consider doing like Herlocks Younger Brother, just not comedic. SHerlock gives hints, but isn't really involved in the adventure.
Fergie: If you haven't read them already, I would suggest checking out some of the other good Mystery games on this site, such as http://chooseyourstory.com/story/the-elle-files~3a-peril-at-dandelion-hills- and http://chooseyourstory.com/story/clover-seven~3a-ace-attorney-~2d-episode-1~3a-turnabout-museum~21
I'll check them out, thank you.
I'd honestly like to see modern day Sherlock, myself. Partly because it's rare (at least, from what I've seen,) partly because it'd involve less fan brawling over how things do or do not fit the period, and partly because it allows for a fresh perspective. But yeah, you'll have a lot more competition for him from other forensics experts...
... however, what made Sherlock superior to those around him wasn't the technology of the day. It was his intelligence. His logic and ability for analysis. Homes is not made outdated by technology, he can adapt with it and outsmart it when necessary, imo.