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Don't expect much consistency, predictable image quality, or adherence to motion imaging industry standards and practices when watching games. Many game studios don't care about image fidelity or standards. There are exceptions, but the prevailing pattern in the industry is to concentrate on whatever sells, not picture quality. Artistic integrity is not a priority. Paying a studio full of 40 or more digital graphics artists and programmers, working under bright overhead fluorescent office lighting or next to a window, using cheap uncalibrated LCD monitors, in a very competitive market, is uppermost on most game producers' minds.
Most gamers aren't videophiles. This may be gradually changing. THX Certified Games have to follow a disciplined quality control program. Some studios may have their own proprietary QC methodology that focuses on sound and picture quality. The only program of this kind that I know for sure is founded upon proven audio and video engineering, acoustic and imaging science principles, is the THX Games program.
In conclusion, don't plan on being able to leave your display settings in one mode for games. DVD movies should be much more reliable and consistent. The video and film industries are vastly more mature when it comes to following standards. Game producers come more from a computer background and most have only a half-vast understanding and appreciation for imaging industry standards.
Best regards and beautiful pictures,
G. Alan Brown, President
"Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"