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Old 04-16-2020, 11:04 AM   #1
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Default How many of you still game on a crt?

I'm just wondering if anyone hasn't given up their sets yet and still use them for gaming. They're popular for retro enthusiests, but even with PC crt's, they're good for Dreamcast era and up, not to mention the PC crowd still likes to run some insane refresh rates and even your current consoles get a new lease on life when you find some way to hook them up.

lcd, led or oled, they still don't truly match up as crt's were a perfected technology before production ended. Hell even UHD looks incredible if you have a model that supports it.
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Old 03-24-2021, 07:02 AM   #2
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Yes i'm, i'm still on game crt. Need help regarding this?
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Old 03-25-2021, 10:37 AM   #3
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Heck no!
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Old 03-26-2021, 12:11 PM   #4
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I have to be honest, I often have an itch to get a CRT for retro gaming purposes. Playing on modern screens just doesn't recreate the right look, and the clarity from a CRT can be astounding.
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Old 04-28-2021, 04:01 PM   #5
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Sure do, I don't have a way of upscaling my NES output onto my main flat screen but frankly it would look better on the CRT anyway.
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Old 08-08-2021, 03:46 PM   #6
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I don't harp anyone who is still on a CRT but it's been a long time since I used one. I've been using flatscreen monitors and TVs for well over 10 years now. While theyl've been adapted by a lot of families, some people just aren't able to upgrade. I know it took me quite some time before making the jump and it wasn't easy.
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Old 08-08-2021, 04:37 PM   #7
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I still have a CRT, but both it and my old consoles are packed away right now, since I don't currently have enough space to set them up.
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:35 AM   #8
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Grew up playing on CRT's, it was a tough switch back in the day to modern PC monitors...but thankfully, with a powerful enough PC and good emulator, you can get close enough to the old school feel to scratch your vintage gaming itch. MAME + carefully tweaked HLSL settings is really sweet looking IMO.
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Old 12-13-2021, 06:31 AM   #9
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I do since I have a bunch of older consoles I like to play.
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Old 05-04-2022, 03:28 PM   #10
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Hi there. To be honest, I often have an itch to get a CRT for retro gaming purposes. The clarity from a CRT can be astounding, but we also need to use modern technologies. Some of them could be found here https://s-pro.io/renewable-energy. Clarity could be better now, cause electricity providers can collect, analyze, and act on data more effectively than ever before.

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Old 05-04-2022, 07:22 PM   #11
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God no, as long as you don't go bottom of the barrel on a pc screen, most modern day screens far surpass what a crt can do imo. Refresh rates difference with a mid grade pc monitor is minimal, the gap is closed completely if you go high end.
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Old 05-04-2022, 09:15 PM   #12
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I got into this recently checking out the old Panasonic Tau I had in my closet. It had been over a decade since Iíd seen anything on one. If you can, itís absolutely worth it. PS2 games in particular look far better on a CRT than they do on a modern TV. You donít even need component or RGB, composite looks excellent from my experience with the PlayStations, Super Nintendo, N64, and Dreamcast (I think people have been conflating RF video with composite, misremembering how their old stuff was connected back in the day - I never saw the Super Nintendo via composite on a CRT until just this year thanks to realizing the N64 cable was the exact same cord the Super used.) On a CRT, PS2 originals fare exceptionally next to their HD remasters and stuff like the pre-rendered backgrounds on the PS1 Final Fantasy games or Chrono Cross look absolutely stunning on CRTs (especially Cross and FFIX.)

I had some bad luck trying to get a refurbished PS2 recently (my original fat modelís laser is becoming unreliable) but Iím still interested in pursuing it in the future. Gotta get some Everdrives for my cartridge systems sometime.
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Old 05-05-2022, 11:05 PM   #13
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I know CRT is more responsive but I don't understand why it would look better.
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Old 05-06-2022, 12:17 AM   #14
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I know CRT is more responsive but I don't understand why it would look better.
It’s because of how resolution scaling works and how the different technologies handle processes like progressive and interlaced video as well as color and contrast. A N64 game will look dull, muddy, and blurry on an HDTV but on a CRT it looks pretty crisp and vibrant. Real CRT scan lines blend the rough edges in a way that doesn’t happen on an HDTV (and I don’t think fake scan lines ever really look completely convincing, not to mention how they typically seem to dull the color and contrast on top of things.)

The best way to see the difference is to take a game like Final Fantasy IX and show it three different ways - on an HDTV via PS3 backwards compatibility, on a CRT via PS3 (PS3 doesn’t display PS1 games at native 240p, so this is a notable comparison point,) and finally on a CRT via a PS1 or PS2 (which do display content at the correct resolution as intended.) You’ll see a striking shift in the backgrounds from pixelation on the former two options to a totally fluid, defined image on the latter.

I recommend YouTube channel My Life in Gaming’s videos on CRTs as well as different output methods for various consoles for a good explanation about this topic. They offer some off-screen captures in their comparisons but unfortunately you can’t truly see the difference unless you’re looking at it in person (they’re also heavily geared towards RGB output, which is certainly the highest quality but I would stress it’s not actually necessary to get a fine image on a CRT.)
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Old 05-06-2022, 07:56 AM   #15
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i recently found a small 13" sony trinitron in storage and hooked up my ps2 and dc on it. i like the way older console games look on sd tvs over hd.
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Old 05-11-2022, 04:53 PM   #16
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Nope. My last CRT died years ago. I had already gone flat screen before it died and had a 19" 4:3 display that I was using for gaming, but then I decided to go 16:9 when the CRT died. Since then I've moved up to a 21:9, and now I have a 32:9 HDR gaming monitor. I was cleaning out my storage last summer and came across the 19" and decided to try it out, and nope, I can't even do that. No way I'd ever go back to a CRT unless I had to. The only retro gaming I do is what's available on Steam, and they all look just fine on my current display, most recently Resident Evil 1 and Zero, which worked just fine for me.

That reminds me, when the CRT died I tried to do my due diligence and called my waste company for a pick-up (for recycling purposes). They told me I would have to pay a $30 recycling fee. I remember telling them something like, "you mean you're going to charge me AGAIN for the recycling fee that California already charged at time of purchase?" The lady was like, "uhhh.... oh." So I told her that I'm happily dumping it for free in the regular trash bin.
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Old 05-13-2022, 08:42 PM   #17
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i still play on my SNES. my NES has died. but i still have a ton of games to it.but trying to hint on my aunt to sell me hers. she has all her games still in boxes and in shrink wrap too. but just opened at the top. but still has all the wrap on them
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