Originally Posted by donniedarko2k6
does anybody know if the 42 inch panasonic plasma's have game mode on them? I ask that because I just bought the 40 inch lcd sony kdl-2500 and i'm a little disappointed that the response time is not up to par with what I had in mine,especially when watching basketball and football. Also when playing nba 2k7 there is a lag when I pass the ball.
There's not a game mode, but for my first 100 hours I did what everyone recommended and turned most everything (except for sharpness) down to 0. Apparently the sets have a break-in period. I have gamed on it though, but within reason during this break-in time. Beyond that I plan to game on it like I would any either TV.
Earlier I played Zelda for an hour or so, which did leave some retention. It disappeard very, very quick. Maybe 5 minutes max and it was so light I had to turn out the lights and put it on an all black background to see it.
As far as response time goes, the plasma's are king. I just traded in my LCD (Sony KDL-40S2010 for the 42 Panasonic because it handles faster motion better and the blacks are so much deeper, which gives it a definite wow factor I couldn't find with the LCD. Because of this, the LCD just couldn't handle Gears like the Plasma can.
Anyways, I definitely think, even as a gamer, the Panasonic plasma is an awesome TV and a sound decision. I don't regret for a minute exchanging for it. I would just be a little bit cautious in that first 100 hour, then don't worry about it much.
I just leave on Discovery HD all day to help pass the time (I would rather not use the break-in DVD), and as soon as I break that milestone, I'll bump up the brightness just slightly (out of the box it's way too bright) and game away.
It's worth noting that I find it better for gaming, HD content (specifically sports) and SD content.
I've said this again and I'll say it again. I'm not knocking LCD technology, but I love my new plasma and just wasn't happy with my Sony LCD. To me, HD content just doesn't get better than what my plasma offers and I'm completely happy with my purchase.