Originally Posted by Tulpa
Yeah, I think that's a bit of an outlier. Plus, I don't see black bars being as dangerous as brightly colored stationary network bugs or news tickers or in-game status bars to a plasma. I know all cells are precharged before illumination, but isn't a cell displaying black sort of at a "null" setting?
It was over a week of real time, during summer vacation, and I was busy at work, so the TV only got a few hours of other content mixed in with those 50 hours. My kids got plenty of exercise doing Little League and swimming, no worries!
Also, I don't think this pattern is unusual for gamers. Some people, when they get a new game, play many hours of it on end, for some number of days or across a couple weeks. And then there are those gamers who get into competitive games, like Call of Duty or Battlefield. In no way, ever, would I recommend a late model Panasonic plasma to people with usage habits like that. And when you think about it, how different is this from an avid baseball fan who spends 3 hours a day for 6 months watching their team play, with bright graphics in the upper right part of the screen? Or people who watch a lot of network TV, with network TV logos in the lower right?
...All of which raises the issue of peace of mind. I really would like to not have to worry about all of this stuff. Like a child accidentally pausing a screen with a network logo as we're out the door for school and I go to work -- and we only see it 7 or 8 hours later. All kinds of scenarios crop up when you see IR and start to worry about it.
I really love the PQ of the VT30, and with ISF calibration, I am enjoying video content more than I ever have before. But in retrospect, I'm not sure I would have chosen the PQ advantages of plasma if I had fully appreciated the IR risks, worries, and realities that go with it.
Just my opinion, of course!