During the last 3 Pax all tournaments were played on Plasma screen televisions, which causes some problems.
I understand that plasmas may be the only kind of tv you can obtain in the kind of bulk that pax requires, but i wonder if there is any way we could use lcd or tube televisions for the tournaments where even a few frames makes the largest difference (aka Smash bros)
if large amounts of these can not be obtained, would it be alright to bring my own television to play my tournament matches on?
Many TVs have a "game mode" in the settings that turns most image processing off, significantly reducing the lag you're talking about. I've seen it on Panasonic plasma screens, Samsung DLP projection screens, and even LG LCD screens.
So more correctly you were playing on a cheap plasma screen that has a slow image processing time. Or a good plasma that wasn't configured properly for gaming, I don't know since I didn't see what TVs they used last year or how they were hooked up (if they ran it through something to record the match that would have added lag too).
Wanting a different TV is fine, but don't blame it on a technology that at its core is superior for competition gaming due to its near instant response time.
Game mode is important regardless of technology. Look for it if you have the luxury of picking the TVs this year. Make sure it is on at the event before the tournaments.
Maybe post what model of TV will be used and someone who's a TV geek like myself can post back recommended settings.
Plus PAX is more fun rather than super competitive IMO.
Edit: also bringing your own TV would be silly and kind of out of the question. Unhooking a tournament station and hooking up a new TV would be stupid and a waste of time when tournaments have to be kept on schedule.
and really wedge, whats the fun of playing in a tournament if your not playing your best?
Being there in the first place.:P
don't be that kid.
That was likely due to the options for the inputs being configured differently, the console itself won't affect the problem described here. On the game cube you probably didn't bother to use component cables and hold down the button combo on the controllers to turn on progressive scan. I recommend using component cables on the wii and setting it to 480p.
Only the low end Samsung displays lack game mode (it's called "entertainment" mode on this year's models). So there may be a solution for this issue depending on the model of television that will be used.
For some people this wouldn't be about being super competitive. It's about being an obsessive compulsive geek, a type of person I think is common at this event. Most people don't notice, but the slight lag from new TVs that run the signal through their BS image enhancements bugs the shit out of some of us.
EDIT: There's a discussion about TV lag going on the tech forum, people have confirmed that 480p lags less than 480i on a couple of different sets.