I have noticed for awhile that many games I play on my PC seem washed out. I attributed this mostly to an unintentional comparison with my wife's iMac that is in the same room, which looks beautiful. I figured that it was simply that her monitor retails for about 3-4 times the cost of mine. C'est la vie.
However, Neverwinter was looking particularly muddy, so I decided to try some more robust monitor calibration (other than brightness, contrast, and in-game gamma). I tried several websites with tuning images, all with the same results. For the purposes of this post, I'm referencing this website
My monitor's current setting show the "blending" occurs at around 1.3 (48%), 1.5 (25%) and 1.7 (10%). When I adjust my gamma, using either the Windows 7 interface or the NVIDIA Control Panel, I cannot get it to the desired 2.2 height. When I drop the gamma all the way down, the blending occurs at 1.7 (48%), 1.8 (25%), and 1.9 (10%), but everything looks really burnt. I've tried also adjusting the brightness and contrast with marginal success to compensate for the distortion caused by the extreme gamma setting. I'm still no where near a gamma of 2.2.
First question: Am I approaching this wrong?
Second question: How do I fix it?
Alternate question: Is my monitor "bad"?
Thanks for your help.