I got Rock Band for Christmas. It rocks ass. Great fun indeed. I love the new guitar and the drums are quite fun. However, what makes Rock Band even more fun is HD Lag. It actually ads an extra difficulty setting between the standard difficulty ratings. What sucks about it is that you dont actually get to select that setting. What actually happens is that the game selects it at random.
First lets look at the guitar. For a few songs I was doing okay, by time I reached the fourth song I started to get thrown off a bit, the notes seemed a bit off. I turned the TV to TV mode then back to VGA mode. Bam! it worked well again. The game must have sensed me changing the input settings.Drums where a bit harder since it has to do more with rhythm. Once that lag set in, it was over. Finally, with the mic, it was cool at first, it sounded as if you where singing in the bathroom stall. The echo was suburb. Though, it got annoying and the singer always fucked up the band causing us to lose.
So, Im sitting here thinking to myself. This TV fucking sucks. Sucked it did, and it did well. I purchased this TV after doing heavy reviewing. I review products before purchasing them. Customer reviews, not CNET crap. I went to some forum dedicated to HD TV's. I was interested in some Westinghouse TV and read up on it quite a bit. A lot of people seemed to like it. The 470 dollar price tag for a 26 inch tv was quite appealing. I drove up to Best Ripoff and purchased the Westinghouse TV I saw online, or so I thought. I didnt really notice the lag until after the 30 day return policy, how convenient. Now im sitting here with a 500 dollar TV that renders guitar hero/rockband unplayable unless you switch inputs after every 3rd song. Games like Half Life 2 and TF2 have the gun shot sound AFTER the burst, so its not too bad. Though a tid bit annoying.
This was a horrible purchase on my part. Now I realize why other TVs are two times more expensive, because they actually work. So dont shortcut and try to buy a cheaper TV like I did. I thought I was being a smart college boy and try to save some money. However, I ended up throwing 500 bucks down the toilet. Though, I guess its a bit better than people who bought the PS3.
The current TV im looking at now is the Sharp Aquos LC32GP1U 32 inch TV. Its suppose to be an uber gamer TV but it banks at around $1,500. Though on amazon right now its $1,130. Its gotten some good reviews and people seem to like it, that and its geared towards gamers. Though on my budget right now I cant afford it. Maybe around income tax time or when I get a new job. Then Ill attempt to sell the Westingcrap, and if that fails, im shooting the damn thing with my Air Cannon. read