There are many good gaming plasmas. It would depend on your priorities and gaming tastes. Also, plasmas function differently from LCDs, so Leo Bodnar numbers aren't directly comparable. The Samsung F5300 I had felt very smooth despite its 36ms number.
The most versatile one is definitely the F8500. It has great black level and spectacular brightness so you can basically throw any games at it and never feel unsatisfied with brightness. Its only shortcoming is rather high input lag, but even on PC mode, it still doesn't look too bad given its brightness capability.
The F5300B is also a great gaming plasma for a budget. Not as bright as the F8500, but still decent once you adjust pots for more brightness. The 60 inch one/the 64 inch H5000 uses pentile, but I personally didn't really find pentile that much of a detractor, even for games. Of course, full RGB still offers the sharpest/crisp image compared to pentile, but given its value, it's a great trade-off IMO.
The Panasonic S60 is also a spectacular gaming plasma in limited gaming library. It's not really bright, so it doesn't work too well with Nintendo/Japanese games, but for majority of western games (where they usually shoot for realism instead of stylized) I don't really feel inadequate with brightness. It also sports better black level than Samsung plasmas because Panasonics don't float in black. When I first got the Samsung F5300B, I thought it was only little worse in black level than my S64, but now that I get to play with my Panny again, I think my Panny has a clear edge when it comes to black level and contrast ratio and the difference is not small IMO. The only time my F5300B came really close to my Panny in ANSI was in very low APL scenes (night time) while being played in 4:3 window. Other than that, I haven't found my F5300B approaching close to my S64.
The F4500 is more of a specialized gaming plasma. Don't get me wrong. Even with such odd resolution, it handles downscaling rather well, so it's really performant with majority of games. But what's truly great about this plasma is that it's a legitimate successor to Sony XBR960/Sony Trinitron BVM F20 in my opinion. Being a BVM owner myself, I kept contemplating buying the F4500 because of its great potential for retrogaming. While it falls really short when it comes to scaling, (No plasma will ever beat CRTs for 240p pixel output quality) it more than makes up with vastly superior contrast ratio. (yes, my BVM has far lower MLL than most of plasmas, but ANSI is mediocre in comparison) It still has low enough resolution, so old games favor this TV FAR more than 1080p TVs. It's also second brightest Samsung plasma released in its final year. Packing quite a lot for its price.
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