I’m working on my CoG Contest entry tonight, and let’s just say the storyline requires a fair number of documents for the player to review and analyze.
I’ve concluded that “making” the documents as PDFs is much more visually interesting because it allows me to use special fonts, center and justify text however I like, add signatures, and even add effects like crinkled edges and such. Basically I can make the documents look “authentic.”
When comparing it to just a standard page of text, I think it would engage and immerse the reader more thoroughly, and is far superior to me paraphrasing the documents in the story, which strikes me as dull and dry.
However, I suppose the negative is that visually impaired readers would struggle with this, because I guess the programs they use wouldn’t be able to decipher the PDF documents? I don’t mean to downplay this as a negative, and I’m sensitive to this issue, but I guess my question is, is this the only negative? Am I missing other problems?