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Do you still own and use a CRT monitor?

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Ebonsword, Mar 15, 2019.

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Do you still own and use a CRT monitor?

  1. Yes - I use a CRT as my main monitor because I'm old skool

    6 vote(s)
    8.0%
  2. Yes - I own a CRT monitor but I only use it occasionally

    9 vote(s)
    12.0%
  3. Yes - I own a CRT monitor but I don't use it (it's probably in my parent's basement, or something)

    20 vote(s)
    26.7%
  4. No - I don't own or use a CRT monitor

    35 vote(s)
    46.7%
  5. What's a CRT monitor? Is it something to do with critical hits?

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  6. kingcomrade

    3 vote(s)
    4.0%
  1. Ebonsword Arcane

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    I've been in the mood for playing some late 90's/early 2000's RPGs, but, instead of playing around with trying to get them to work on a modern PC, I decided to get out my old Pentium III PC and 17" CRT monitor and play the games on something closer to "period correct" equipment.

    I had forgotten how nice a decent CRT could be. Great black levels, no uneven backlighting, fast response, etc. But what's really awesome for vintage gaming is the way CRTs support multiple resolutions. Some older RPGs are locked into 640x480 or 800x600. On a LCD, these can really look like crap because LCDs hate anything not at their native resolution. A CRT, though, will just roll with it and display it beautifully.


    So, it got me curious if any of my fellow Codexers are still using this classic technology.
     
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  2. zwanzig_zwoelf Graverobber Foundation Developer

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    I own a 17" CRT back from late 90's (or early 00's), but rarely use it. The last time I had to use it was because my external LCD display died and I needed something until the new one was delivered (and my laptop had a terrible screen anyway).
    It's very good for older games, but that's about it. My eyes get tired too fast when I use it. :negative:
     
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  3. Delterius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    as a compromise with modernity, I have chosen to have each and every frame of my computer games rendered by a newly restored guttenberg style printing press equipped with a hand motor fashioned by mestre pietro damares de savoya
     
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  4. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Fuck no

    Those things are murder on your eyes. Probably the reason I use glasses today.

    I think I got rid of my last CRT in 2007-2010 and for good measure, because fuck CRTs.

    The only one who truly liked CRTs at house was our Siamese cat.

    What's next, ball Mouse nostalgia?
     
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  5. Multi-headed Cow Savant

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    I've got a dinky old Commodore monitor that still works but isn't hooked up. Last time I used it IIRC was probably near a decade ago just 'cause I wanted a screen to dick around with since I was passing out Halloween candy and the lighting was too poor to read. I assume it still works at least but I haven't tried it again in ages. I ended up ditching CRTs for computer use really early 'cause I had a funky all-in-one system I got cheap ages ago which was killed when lightning hit my shack and the insurance company couldn't replace the system since it was an oddity so they gave me some shitbox Dell or HP or Compaq or whatever and an LCD which was $1,000 or something ungodly at the time. Ghosted and looked like ass by modern standards but it was actually super useful for me since I did monthly LAN gaming at the time and dragging a CRT around kills you way more than dragging the PC. Especially when you install a handle on the top of your tower.
     
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  6. Beastro Arcane

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    No CRT monitor, but I still have a CRT TV~
     
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  7. Melcar Arcane

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    I had to ditch all my CRTs when I left L.A. Had 5 23" ones and a couple of 19" of I remember correctly. Nice flat screens too. The last CRT I used was and old one we had in the office about 6 years ago.

    Sent from my Redmi 4A using Tapatalk
     
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  8. newtmonkey Arcane

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    I bought a CRT monitor for playing DOSBOX games at native res (they looked great), but when I got a new computer it would no longer output the proper low resolution, so now the monitor is sitting in my closet.

    I do have a 14" Sony PVM monitor with RGB support that I use for my 8-bit computers and consoles. :)
     
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  9. Master Arbiter

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    I have it but i dont use it (the CRT).
     
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  10. Bester ⚰️☠️⚱️ Patron Vatnik

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    Do they make new CRT monitors at all? They don't age well as far as I remember, the image goes darker in time.
     
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  11. Melcar Arcane

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    Yeah, they dim out over time. Burn in eventually sets in too. And since the cable was attached to the unit, a damaged one was a pain to replace. No one is making them anymore (no one is willing to service them either), but it would be awesome if some high end boutique style shop could produce specialty screens.

    Sent from my Redmi 4A using Tapatalk
     
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  12. Plaguecrafter Novice

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    Don't use it or plan to use it in general, but I'm thinking of getting it just so I can get the authentic feeling when I make a retro gaming machine.
     
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  13. Sigourn Arcane

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    I own this.

    [​IMG]

    I don't use it because my dad wants to sell it and my mother would berate me for wanting to keep it just to play games. :negative:
    800x600 resolution, would be ideal to play lots of classics there (Fallout, IE games, and more).
     
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  14. taxalot Gone forever. Patron

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    I can't justify owning a CRT monitor to my wife, so no.
     
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  15. yellowcake Arcane

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    I checked it out recently after couple of years of collecting dust and I was shocked how good dark places look. Dynamic range is unparalelled.

     
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  16. rohand Arbiter

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    Them motherfuckers be heavy
     
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  17. oldmanpaco Master of Siestas

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    I had a 19 inch CRT in my basement for years. Got rid of it last summer when I realized I had not used it in over a decade.
     
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