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Developers need to realize that EVERYONE doesnt have an HDTV. when they released 1943 I noticed they only formatted that game for HDTVs, But for 15 bucks.....I didnt complain. With the new release almost upon us and having played the demo, I see that they did it again. I have to strain my eyes to read the writing and it STILL doesnt help and I have a nice size TV. This is a MAJOR problem for me and a lot of gamers and I notice that no reviewer ever mentions this because they all play games on nice cushy 50 inch TVs, But maybe you guys should start at least testing the difference for us without HDTV. I want this game badly but I cant get the most out of it without having to also buy a new TV set......and that sucks. Its like they are saying "screw those guys!" Something like this should be an easy fix, But I dout anything will be done about this.
Bad Company 2 isn't the only game that has this issue, but every single game made for the 360 and PS3.
It's just assumed that if you buy HD games, you have an HD television to accommodate those games. Video games also currently display more information on the screen as you play the game, so making things smaller is sometimes the only way to fit everything without it looking too cluttered. To make it easier to see on a standard definition television, they would have to enlarge many elements, thus creating a much more unsettling experience.
I was extremely dissatisfied when I got my PS3 on a standard definition television, and I encountered not only microscopic text, but also many moments of screen tearing that never appeared on an HDTV. Because of the dissatisfaction I got from my standard definition television, I got a 32-inch LCD TV. They're a lot cheaper than they used to be, and getting one of those is the only way to solve the issue, and getting an HDMI cable with it!
composite will do hi def as well (the red/green/blue cable)
I have a 42 inch 1080i that I mainly play on and my dad uses the living room's 61 inch 480p T.V. and so far all the games we play look great on both sets with our Xbox 360's. we got the 61 rear projection inch back in 2001 and still looks great, I can put composite cords in the back and turn it to CVI (anyone know what CVI means?) and it looks great The LCD's and LED's are more sharp like mine but it isn't that bad.
Uh, if you don't have a big HD, you can't really be competitive in BBC2 anyway, sorry. My friend has the demo and won't play it because his small HD doesn't really let him see enough of the action.
As of last year anyway, most 360 games only actually supported up to 720p, with just a handful going up to 1080. As such I got a nice, inexpensive 42" 720p a while back, and I really have no regrets there.
Really if you don't get a HD by the end of this year (last year really) you're a caveman; so sorry, but that's the message the cable, gaming, and home video (BluRay) industry is sending.
And you're right to think that nothing will be done to fix it for the non-adopters, but as I said at this point there's not much sympathy to be had. Also it's not as easy of a fix as you might think (to reprogram something already mastered for HD back to SD).
And yes, reviewers have mentioned that before, like 2-3 years ago when it was still a big issue, I think by now even the mags assume people have found some affordable HD.
If the industry standard is HDTVs (last I checked you can't buy standard at most retail stores now) then why not develop for them?
It sucks, but complaining isn't going to do anything. It's a jerky thing to say, but go get an HDTV. It's more than obvious by now that developers are abandoning SD, and that complaints from SD gamers are falling on deaf ears.
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Indeed, there was actually a law passed some time ago that put a deadline on when retailers had to stop selling SD TV sets... I know that Fred Meyers was one of the stores that was actually fined for non-compliance (which I would take to mean that the deadline has passed). On a related note, even Salvation Army has stopped accepting donations of cathode ray tube sets (ie non-flatscreen SD sets).
It does suck for those without an HDTV. But thats where the future of gaming is, not SDTV. I've yet to have a problem on my TV with text being too small or blurry...not even with ME2. I use the red/blue/green cables so that may be why. I'm sorry your gaming will suffer because of this but in a few years you won't even be able to watch tv on a SDTV set. Best of luck to you.
this is just plain thoughtlessness on the side of developers. Either that or their just to lazy to fix it.