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CRT is real life

by Valkyrie-Favor Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:39 pm

So I've been unwilling to play older games lately because they are unbearably laggy on HDTVs. This week I got a CRT/VCR from work - the boss used it for the security cameras but he is upgrading to digital this year.

This thing has mono sound and the image isn't square when the resolution goes about 300 lines but STILL.

No delay - when you tell your ship to move you see it immediately. When attacked, you get almost twice the response time compared to the average LCD.

Bright colors. Easy to TATE. Convergence almost right. When a CRT flashes, its light fills the whole room. When a boss explodes, its ghost lingers on the screen.

If you're still playing 8-bit and 16-bit games on an LCD screen you're gimping yourself. It's not even a matter of visual quality. Playing shmups with 3 frames of delay on a badly upscaled image filled with dot crawl is like playing shmups with an Atari 5200 controller. Why would you even do it? Seriously I doubled my score in Eliminate Down. You probably don't TATE your LCD either. I mean, how could you?

A lame CRT is better than the best LCD. We all knew that...probably...but I wanted to make sure no one would miss it.

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Re: CRT is real life

by fastbilly1 Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:43 pm

Valkyrie-Favor wrote:You probably don't TATE your LCD either. I mean, how could you?


Though I know it was stated as a joke, they do make stands that rotate fairly effortlessly.
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Re: CRT is real life

by noiseredux Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:46 pm

yeah, I love my Dreamcast on CRT (via S-Video).

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I was able to mostly fix the overscan, but it's still not perfect. Gonna keep my eyes peeled for a replacement at yard sales this year. I have a Trinitron in the basement, but it's slightly smaller than this one.

You probably don't TATE your LCD either. I mean, how could you?


Well I also play my DC on my LCD monitor via VGA. And I TATE'd it like this:

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Re: CRT is real life

by neorocker Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:06 pm

CRTs won't last forever! That and they're not exactly the most convenient screens insofar as room real estate goes. While I love the screens I have, I'm at the ready with an LED screen as well. I think you could stand to see how an SD signal looks scaled up to HD via something like an XRGB. :wink:
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Re: CRT is real life

by Luke Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:10 pm

I have five CRTs. Two weigh around five hundred pounds it seems and the other three are 150lbs. or less.

Plus, ever try to play on a LCD outside? Garbage. A CRT on the other hand...

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Re: CRT is real life

by flojocabron Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:31 pm

there are so many CRT tv's out there its ludicrous.

You can to a fleamarket/thrift store and get a little tv for less than $20 and a real big one for less than $50.


Hell, you can get one for free if you look outside a dumpster!

I've heard stories about free working tvs outside in yards/alleys/streets. People dont know what to do with them anymore.

And for many all it takes is a $10 remote to make them work again.

There is a new generation of kids today that dont even know what a CRT tv is. All they've known is plasma/LCD tvs.

They will never know about VHF/UHF and turning the knob on the big old console TV to the U to get channels above 14.

I guess its just a generation thing.

Putting the big TV on channel 4 to play NES games. Getting the old VCR to play videogames composite since the old tube doesnt take it directly.

playing any light gun games!

There are still good TV's out there. Lots of them still have S-video and some have Component in the back.

You may not get a TV signal from them, but they're still damn good for games!
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Re: CRT is real life

by 01toubib Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:07 pm

Just a heads up if your LCD is Laggy playing video games it's because its trying to enhance the picture which causes a lag. Most LCDs have in the menu a "Game mode" so when you play video games there is no lag.
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Re: CRT is real life

by Hazerd Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:12 pm

Took the plunge and chanced buying a S-Video cable for my DC off ebay finally, my CRT doesnt have VGA and not quite sure i want a VGA box or that new Tomee VGA cable yet, going to see how this S-Video cable works out first.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370575864998?ss ... 1439.l2649

Would prefer to play on my CRT over my LCD that does have VGA.
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Re: CRT is real life

by foxhound1022 Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:14 pm

Is it worth getting VGA for DC?

I just have mine hooked up through composite.
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Re: CRT is real life

by Valkyrie-Favor Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:39 pm

01toubib wrote:Just a heads up if your LCD is Laggy playing video games it's because its trying to enhance the picture which causes a lag. Most LCDs have in the menu a "Game mode" so when you play video games there is no lag.

I use "Game Mode" all the time for everything if it's available.

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