playing video games on big screens....

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  1. cowboys#1

    cowboys#1 Finish!

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    in the manual it says it could damage the screen with screenburn. i just got a 65" hitachi hdtv, and im afraid to hook up my ps2 to it. will it damage the screen?
    thanks in advance!
  2. dal0789

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    Precautions Concerning TV Screen Damage (Image Retention)
    Some televisions can be damaged when a stationary image is maintained on the screen for long periods of time, as this could potentially "burn" the stationary image into the screen. This image retention can result from a variety of sources, including test patterns, VCR on-screen programming screens, or picture-in-picture boxes. Playing video games with stationary images or patterns, or leaving video games on hold or pause, may also lead to this type of damage.

    Before using your Nintendo system with any TV, especially front and rear projection type TVs, be sure to review all documentation included with your TV to find out whether video games can be played on the TV without damaging it.
    When taking a short break, place the game on pause and turn the TV off until you are ready to play again.
    If you are not sure about your TV, contact the manufacturer of the TV for more information.
    Neither Nintendo nor any of Nintendo's licensees will be liable for any damage to your TV.

    Projection TVs (front and rear):
    Due to their design, front and rear projection TVs can be more susceptible to image retention. Remember to be sure to review all documentation included with your TV to find out whether video games can be played on your TV without damaging it.

    High-Definition TV's (HDTV):
    Projection style HDTVs display the image in much the same manner as other type projection TVs and as such, the same possibility of image retention exists. HDTV's that use a tube screen should be no more susceptible to image retention than standard TVs that use a tube screen. For either type of HDTV, follow the precautions on this page.

    Plasma TVs or LCD Screens:
    We have no information on Plasma TVs or LCD type TVs. Since image retention is a variable of the TV, please check your TV manual or contact the manufacturer directly before connecting any video game system to your television.

    Also-- -
    TV Fundamentals 101: The reason that TV screens glow like they do is because the inside of the screen is coated with a thin layer of phosphorous which reacts to electrical energy by glowing. This is the basis for all TVs, including projection TVs. "Burn in" occurs when one section of a screen is constantly bombarded with the same image. As a result the phosphorous layer can get "damaged" (for lack of a better term) which results in a permanent, dark image embedded in the screen.

    The best example is on ATM screens that have their welcome screen in very dark letters even while you are performing your transaction. Because the welcome screen is displayed on ATMs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, that image ended up getting "burnt" into the screen and cannot be removed without completely replacing the tube.

    Widescreen TVs are just as susceptible to "burn in" as regular TVs. This is why many TVs come with warnings about excessive video game usage - it is possible that playing a game for excessive amounts of time, particularly games where scores or other information are located in the same areas of the screen, can damage your screen.

    The best way to prevent "burn in" is to reduce the exposure of an unchanging image. It is very possible for continual viewing of widescreen images to damage a TV by causing uneven wear on the phosphors. Just make sure that you get regular use of your entire screen and your TV should not be damaged.

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