Originally Posted by Sandman209
As a prospective hd tv buyer, a thread about image retention in a plasma set caught my attention: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=891384
The threads author played Madden NFL 08 for 3 hours and now has image retention. I play Madden a lot too, it's my favorite game and I can easily play 3 hours.
An article on C|Net has a whole section dedicated to pointing out how rare image retention is, but this guy got it from playing one game of Madden on his year old plasma....
Is image retention on plasma's really that easy to get?!
The guy freaked out, and made a post.
Here are some facts about image retention.
If your playing a video game for a few hours, of course you will have some image retention, but its no big deal.
Now, if after your playing you just shut off the TV and go to bed, the next day when you turn it on, you will have the same image retention because turning off the TV does not get rid of it.
All you have to do is play something on TV or a movie that fills up the entire screen for a few hours and the image retention will go away.
That guy freaked out because he shut down his TV right after he got done playing Madden, and he didn't expect image retention to come back after he turned it back on, he just didn't know how Plasmas work.
If that guy just watches some TV that fills the entire screen, his Panny would be fine after a few hours.