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Except gaming on plasma TVs can end up burning the phosphors permanently if the gamer is displaying the same stationary graphics (status displays, etc.) for many hours (or days) at a time. If the games played are "cinematic", meaning that moving images occupy the entire screen most of the time, the occasional stationary graphics are fine. But stuff that stays up on the screen all the time is potentially damaging for plasma displays like the Samsung PN series.
I have a nephew who is asking for a 42" TV for gaming for Christmas. He's only 13 and doesn't know what input lag is yet, but just watching him for 5 minutes I could see he was experiencing lag without knowing it while using the family's Vizio LCD panel. His parents don't want to spend a lot of money on it. I had to break the bad news about LCD displays to them (generally, the cheaper, the worse the lag and the less suitable the display is for gaming).
If anybody has any suggestions for LCD gaming displays up to $350 or so, I'm all ears. I can't find any consensus about what works for gaming aside from CRT displays... there's room for a flat panel in his room, but not for a 32" or larger CRT. This kid plays enough games with stationary graphics on the screen, that I don't think a plasma is a good option for him, though he's not allowed to play for extended periods, it might be the only thing that's done on the display... a couple of hours every day... same graphics until that game is played-out and he moves on to something else.
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