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Old 04-16-08, 07:44 PM
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Gamers - LCD or Plasma

I want to get a sub $1k LCD or Plasma to stick in my bonus room to replace my old 24" CRT. It will mostly be used for Video Games. Is LCD still better for Video Games or does it really matter. I know about burn in, etc. Thanks!
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Projector. Course, that's my answer for almost every TV question.

I suppose I would try for an LCD in the small screen world. Does this include a PC for games?
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I suppose I would try for an LCD in the small screen world. Does this include a PC for games?
No, only Wii, PS3, XBOX360. Needs to be 47" or smaller.
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My son and I play XBox 360 on our Panasonic plasma, sometimes for 5-6 hours at a time and have no problems.
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Other than blurred vision and loss of muscle tone, right Brian?

bmello,
Then probably a 720p model since mostly those games are 480-720. No sense in spending more in this case.
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Check out my thread....new Panny 42" 720 15,000:1 for $989 + free shipping, with possible $50 MIR from Panny for the installation.
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Originally Posted by Spiky
Projector. Course, that's my answer for almost every TV question.
I'm looking to get a large(60"+) TV for my entertainment center in my basement within the next year and was considering doing this, my only caveat is that I've read a few times that projectors are NOT good for gaming. Is there any truth to this?
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Other than blurred vision and loss of muscle tone, right Brian?

bmello,
Then probably a 720p model since mostly those games are 480-720. No sense in spending more in this case.
Yes very true, I have been a gamer for a long time. I do play on my theater screen but not that often.
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Originally Posted by GogoTheMimic
I'm looking to get a large(60"+) TV for my entertainment center in my basement within the next year and was considering doing this, my only caveat is that I've read a few times that projectors are NOT good for gaming. Is there any truth to this?
I'm rocking a new PS3 (UT3, Burnout Paradise, SW Legos Saga) on my Samsung HT-T6187S 61" rear projection DLP. Breathtaking.
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Originally Posted by GogoTheMimic
I'm looking to get a large(60"+) TV for my entertainment center in my basement within the next year and was considering doing this, my only caveat is that I've read a few times that projectors are NOT good for gaming. Is there any truth to this?
Yes, very true. Nobody wants to play games on a 100" screen. It's funny, I've actually been using mine quite a bit recently for some throwback FF III since the writer's strike killed TV this winter.

Just wondering....did the people who said that own a projector?
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Originally Posted by Spiky
Yes, very true. Nobody wants to play games on a 100" screen. It's funny, I've actually been using mine quite a bit recently for some throwback FF III since the writer's strike killed TV this winter.

Just wondering....did the people who said that own a projector?
Was not me, I have played both Xbox and PC games on my 100" screen. Lots of fun and a great image too.
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Picked up a 42" 1080P LCD. Thanks for the replys!
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Originally Posted by Spiky
Yes, very true. Nobody wants to play games on a 100" screen. It's funny, I've actually been using mine quite a bit recently for some throwback FF III since the writer's strike killed TV this winter.

Just wondering....did the people who said that own a projector?
No kidding. I was practically in pain playing online Gears on the 37" LCD for the 3-4 months while I was waiting for a bulb replacement (long story).

I am sooooooo happy to be back to the projector for gaming again. And yes, that includes oldschool games.

Weaknesses with projectors and games:

Anything less than s-video tends to look pretty painful (dot crawl, chroma bleeding, etc).
Early 3D games can look pretty bad. Final Fantasy VII for example.
Everything else looks spectacular.


The answer to the original question: plasma, unless you have a lot of uncontrolled light, or you want to use it as a PC monitor. Then LCD is probably the better choice. The burn-in risk is overrated. Unless you are going to be playing Atari 2600 games on it

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