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Cropped or Widened? - widescreen games...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ian C, Dec 8, 2002.

  1. Ian C

    Ian C Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 27, 2000
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    I'm considering a new TV in the next few months when we get a house. I'm debating widescreen vs. 4:3.

    Here's my question...Are games with widescreen options actually widened or are the tops and bottoms cropped and the icons/health bars moved? If they are just cropped, I would probably lean towards getting a 4:3 TV. However, if there is actually more game area (if you actually see more) then I would probably go widescreen.

    The videogame aspect would likely sway my decision either way, as I seem to use my TV most for gaming and the rest half/half for DVDs/broadcast.

  2. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

    May 15, 1999
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    Generally if a game has a widescreen option, there is more game area on the screen. However, the number of games that support widescreen are still in the minority.

  3. John-Miles

    John-Miles Screenwriter

    Nov 29, 2001
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    Go with a 4:3 especially if you game, for the same price as a widescreen you can get a 4:3 that offers the same widescreen area and alot more 4:3 area, then if it is a hdtv you can put it in squeeze mode and pay in widescreen if you like.

    I have GTA VC and i pay that in 4:3 mode all the time, i tried the widescreen, but there wasent much of a difference so i opted for the bigger screen.

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