Do you ramp up the in-game-gamma to see in the dark?

Do you ramp up the in-game-gamma to see in the dark?

  • No, that's cheating

    Votes: 6 12.5%
  • No, never considered it. Good idea, though

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No, I can see fine

    Votes: 5 10.4%
  • No, I won't sacrifice the picture quality

    Votes: 16 33.3%
  • Yes, in some games

    Votes: 17 35.4%
  • Yes, in most games

    Votes: 1 2.1%
  • What's gamma?

    Votes: 3 6.3%

  • Total voters
    48

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Thinking about how I've ramped up the gamma in some games in order to see the enemies easier - particularly in dark games like AvP, do you sacrifice a 'better' picture quality for pseudo night-vision by doing the same?
 

semiskimmed

Distinguished Member
ive chosen
'No, I won't sacrifice the picture quality'
but ive never thought of it really, and i reckon its on the verge of cheating
 

eiren

Distinguished Member
Mine is usually set-up correctly as the screens/processors are calibrated and mostly have good dark detail.

However, there are definitely some games that are way too dark and I put it down to the games themselves. Then I have to adjust using the in game adjustments (e.g. those gamma settings where you must change it until only one symbol is visible on the black background etc).
 
I do. All the time. Especially in games like Red Orchestra, it also helps with viewing distances.
 

GMC79

Distinguished Member
No leave it set well alone, like the picture as good as possible or what's the point, Blacks are black. End of story. ;) And hate seeing them poor.
If you don't care however then that's up to you..
 

Miyazaki

Distinguished Member
No way! It would be sacriledge to defile the beautiful deep blacks my panny plasma produces.
 

Razor

Member
Settings are ok across the board. :)
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Thinking of games like Metro 2033 and other dark games, not sure if silent hill is on the pc or not, but we have torche's, lamps, night vision, heat vision etc to help us see in the dark in game's.
If I turn the gamma up in order to see more, it simply spoils the atmosphere. I just put my torch on or suddenly get jumped by some nasty in the dark.
Not that I ever jump, but you get the idea :)

tris
 

GMC79

Distinguished Member
Thinking of games like Metro 2033 and other dark games, not sure if silent hill is on the pc or not, but we have torche's, lamps, night vision, heat vision etc to help us see in the dark in game's.
If I turn the gamma up in order to see more, it simply spoils the atmosphere. I just put my torch on or suddenly get jumped by some nasty in the dark.
Not that I ever jump, but you get the idea :)

tris

Never played Condemned mate? First time play with some headphones/ramped up audio and you will. :devil:
 

Chox1988

Distinguished Member
No, its cheating.

If the game was that dark it's because it's intentional to how it's meant to be played
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Never played Condemned mate? First time play with some headphones/ramped up audio and you will. :devil:

hehe yep I played that in the dark on my projector with my full surround on, got a fair way through it and never jumped :rolleyes: I'm just not a jumpy person.

Dont suppose condemned is available on the pc? Never seen a pc version, only ever had it on console.

tris
 

GMC79

Distinguished Member
hehe yep I played that in the dark on my projector with my full surround on, got a fair way through it and never jumped :rolleyes: I'm just not a jumpy person.

Dont suppose condemned is available on the pc? Never seen a pc version, only ever had it on console.

tris

hmm, was a few moments, ah well.

Yep it's available, probably cheap as too. Quite a ok looking game for 5yrs old also, 360 version which i first played looked decent too.

Back to thread topic but yeah may have adjusted the odd game back to how it should be with the in game calibrations as some differ but to ramp it up wildly, no never done that. Couldn't either.
 

namuk

Distinguished Member
No, I won't sacrifice the picture quality :thumbsup:

set as it should be, pointless playing any other way.


Condemned on Pc is a classic played this though 3 times, and even supports EAX, DirectSound3D though so Alchemy needs tobe used, class game gutted the second was not on Pc:( wanted this for online play.
 
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nero0410

Distinguished Member
No, I won't sacrifice the picture quality :thumbsup:

set as it should be, pointless playing any other way.


Condemned on Pc is a classic played this though 3 times, and even supports EAX, DirectSound3D though so Alchemy needs tobe used, class game gutted the second was not on Pc:( wanted this for online play.

The cheapest pc version of condemned I can find is just short of £15 :rotfl:

I'm not prepared to pay that for it when I get offered about 10 or 20p offered to me for my pc trade in's that old.

I'll wait till I find it in a charity shop or something for a couple quid, possibly less.

My mates cranks up the brightness on his tv or monitor in dark games because he can't see, it spoils the quality as it gives it a grey tint across the entire image :rolleyes:

tris
 

namuk

Distinguished Member
just a quick look here,
2 quid here , if your near the store
CeX (UK) Gaming, PC Gaming, PC Games, Condemned (18)

or 7 quid here
Amazon.co.uk: Used and New: White Label: Condemned (PC DVD)

but i would pay full price for this game as the game play is so repayable :cool:

yours Roy Orbison :thumbsup:

The cheapest pc version of condemned I can find is just short of £15 :rotfl:

I'm not prepared to pay that for it when I get offered about 10 or 20p offered to me for my pc trade in's that old.

I'll wait till I find it in a charity shop or something for a couple quid, possibly less.

My mates cranks up the brightness on his tv or monitor in dark games because he can't see, it spoils the quality as it gives it a grey tint across the entire image :rolleyes:

tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
just a quick look here,
2 quid here , if your near the store
CeX (UK) Gaming, PC Gaming, PC Games, Condemned (18)

or 7 quid here
Amazon.co.uk: Used and New: White Label: Condemned (PC DVD)

but i would pay full price for this game as the game play is so repayable :cool:

yours Roy Orbison :thumbsup:

Found them, but I'm no where near any of those store's, and I wont pay above a couple of quid for it as I'm a cheap tight git ;)

I'll pick it up cheap as chips eventually, probably end up being online via ebay or cex when they have online stock.

tris
 

mozza54

Well-known Member
I do this sometimes, theres some games that if you dont you just cant see whats ahead of you.
 

PocketBunny

Well-known Member
the only game i remember doing this for is Counterstrike Source. Mainly for the REALLY dark corner by the hut on Nuke.
 

SparkShot

Well-known Member
I tweak the in-game brightness sometimes if the option is there but i generally don't change my tv settings at all once its setup.
 

johnno73

Member
I voted 'No, I won't sacrifice the picture quality'. However I have done it before, but can't remember which game it was.
 

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