Here a good question I found in the comments section of a previous post. ‘Betty Boop’ asks us the question:
I keep hearing that video games, such as the x box, play station, wii, or even the old school Video games, can break a television or bring problems to it. is it because of the wiring to the television. I keep saying its not true unless maybe one pulls the cord wrong or is constantly inserting it too aggressive?
Answer: The only problem that can occur with video games on televisions is burn-in. However, this is by and large not much of an issue on newer TVs: DLP projection TVs are immune to burn-inLCD, LED, LCD projection, and LCoS projection TVs don’t burn in but they can (though not likely) suffer from image persistence which is similarCRT TVs can also burn in, but since about the late ’80s this is less likely to happen.CRT projection TVs are susceptible to burn-in, again later models are less likely to.Plasma TVs are the most likely to burn in, but newer models from Pioneer, Panasonic, Sanyo, and Samsung eliminate this risk. Older plasmas and new low-end plasmas are still susceptible.Burn-in is when an image that is displayed on the screen for a long time causes the phosphors to burn out, so a sort of outline of the image is visible after you’re done watching, or playing the game. It’s more likely to happen with video games than with general TV programs or movies because video games often have score counters, crosshairs, and the like that are displayed on the screen for a long time.Here are some steps to reduce the chance of burn-in:Do not run contrast and color higher than you need toIf there is a game mode on the TV, use itSet the game to play in the correct contrast ratio (full-screen or 4:3 for non-widescreen TVs)Pause the game every few minutes, but do NOT leave it paused for longer than a few minutesDo not leave game menus on the screen for longer than a few minutesIf you are going to stop playing for awhile, turn the TV offAs far as the connections, RCA connections (used for composite video, component video, and audio) should be good for dozens of connections/disconnections.