… as far as cinematics go. This isn’t every case, for instance if I’m watching the news I’ll watch it in HD, if I’m watching wildlife documentaries I’ll watch those in HD as well, but when it comes to movies and sometimes games I honestly think I prefer DVD over BluRay. It’s a bit like how people still prefer Vinyl for their music, because it feels more real, or perhaps even old cinemas because a roll of film has more imperfections in it than digital video.
I think those imperfections make the content more immersive, for instance I watched the Hobbit on BluRay and the picture was so clear it basically looked like I was the camera man filming a group of actors, and it didn’t fool me, where as with a DVD there’s a slight soft haze to the image and it feels not so real life, which is what you want.
It’s like the opposite of reading a book, you read a book to get more detail and more immersion in the story, where as with BluRay you get more detail but you’re getting so much more information that it ruins the immersion. Sure it looks nice but you start to see wrinkles in people’s faces, mistakes with makeup, the cheap tatty false quality to studio props, all that kind of stuff I don’t want to see, especially the last one.
I think the perfect example is RE4 on the GC with its cinematic widescreen and fuzzy haze, I think that made the game so so immersive purely because of its intentional efforts to lower the quality of the image slightly to make it more immersive, that was intentional and I think it was perfect.
Does anyone else feel the same? Do you prefer SD over HD, or are you a 4K monster? What about. Vinyl?
I’ve been playing Dead Space series on the PC and the experience isn’t quite the same as it was on my CRT when I was a cheap skate and never had an HDTV for an entire generation of gaming. I enjoy the quality of the lack of quality, if that makes any kind of sense