Updating thread: So today I did some input lag tests (not scientific, not exactly 100% controlled) using a camera and CRT method. I'm getting average 80 ms to 100 ms (assume that it's not accurate so give or take 10 ms and it matches what the input lag testers are getting with other sites) with game mode on and 1080p pixel direct off. With 1080p direct on it adds about an extra 20 to 30 ms, or it could simply a fluke estimation from deciphering motion blur stop watch numbers. Game mode really seems to disable motion smoothing, kind of a worthless option if you ask me since you could you know, just turn off motion smoothing and disables 24 Hrz mode. That's ALL game mode does. It does not turn off any other processing, it just automatically disables motion smoothing and 24 Hz playback. Edit: Forgot to mention that I tested both game mode on and off, and it really didn't seem to make a difference for input lag.
One final note: My final picture that I took was crystal clear and no numbers were motion blur changing, and the final input lag with Game mode on was 107 ms.
I'm rather disappointed. How could the input lag double and nearly triple from last year? I mean seriously, that's just awful. If my final photo is truly accurate then we're talking between 6 and 7 frames of input lag vs 2 and 3. Granted, it doesn't feel that bad and games are still playable, but that's seriously disappointing. I wonder if it has to do with all the apps running in the background to be brought up at any given moment? I couldn't care less about that stuff, and I hate that when I turn the TV on I get that dumb menu on the top.
I wonder if it's possible to create a custom firmware that eliminates all the apps and crap and only leaves us with picture mode. Then, I wonder, what would be the input lag without all the extra processes running in the background. I'm really starting to think the firmware is completely bugged, service menu takes forever to load, service menu has huge amounts of overscan for no reason, service menu goes into torch mode, and game mode just doesn't do anything at all. Edit: I also forgot to mention, that during 3D, the left side of the screen gets cut off, for example the windows start orb. Why?