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Fullscreen max res! (5626 votes)
Fullscreen smaller res (1073 votes)
Window mode max res (249 votes)
Window mode smaller res (180 votes)
Output to a tv/projector (110 votes)
I dunno how to game, I read books. (329 votes)
Window mode gamer here, I also get pissy when a new game does not support it, will mod game files until it works.
Windowed is slower than full screen. I want max efficiency for max frames at max detail ;)
Wouldn't windowed be faster? It's less to render than full. Plus you can multi-task with window mode.
nope it uses same resources as in Full Mode , but besides that it has to smaller them to the windows size and when you do something besides the game then the CPU has even more to do then just the game ..
FULLSCREEN FTW !!! xD
I dont know how so many people can play with window mode ..
Window mod annoys me :P
You would think, but no when you run it windowed it goes slower cus it's still having to render exactly the same, but it's using more CPU to run everything thats showing in the background. it's like when you render something in wire frame you would think it would be quicker, but no it's much slower.
Well on 24" viewsonic fullscreen is maybe a bit too much for playing without spraining your neck xD
I don't get why people always vote comments down when someone makes a guess that is wrong or overall says something that is wrong, Their trying to say the right thing!
I remenber when i was playing UT 1 engine games on windowed mode this is terribly slow... because it will be on software rendered..
I like windowed,
As long as it has a "no border" option
So it looks full screen, but i can place windows over it.
To do this with source game on steam, Right click the game, go to property, go to "Set launch options" then type this in
"-sw -noborder" (sw= start windowed)
You never play seriously in windowed mode... Unless it's some TBS or puzzle-game which doesn't require reaction skills or precision.
I understand playing in windowed mode when you're editing game files and watching changes on the run, but otherwise it just hampers gaming experience (precision, perception, etc.).
Why would you go to such lengths to window mode it?
I can't see any benefit other than multi-tasking.
If you are going to why not buy two smaller cheaper monitors and dual them. No boarder problems then :)
my crap-top can barely play Source 2007 engine and newer games D;
Good news I just built my friend a gaming PC for $368 on newegg play's UT3 High and L4D2 and TF2 on High flawlessly
please tell me of this computer which you speak of
Tell me as well please!
TF2 on high for 368$? Thats unpossible!
Give him a few days or an update or two, TF2 is the new Crysis.
Reqlly? I had to make mine with... like 1300euros, or something around that... How did you do that? Do you know a guy who works at a computer retail or building shop!
Ya lucky bastard...
wow...how did you do that? I build mine to play Crysis full def and full settings for 1200$ CAD (around 1000$ USD), but 368$ is unstoppable... How did ya do that?
umm... pc under 400$ say good bye for games wich comes this and next year.. u cant play them :S
I like to play max res, but I cant.... lawl.
Can't even run CS:S Completely low with decent frames
My PC is near explosion, when playing TF2 or EP2, so I have to set resolution lower to avoid death. :(
blue screen of death... almost everytime to medium shader
Come on. OF course max resolution for me!
Fullscreen 1280x1024(max)and although my PC is not very good i still push the limit a bit to keep that resolution and fullscreen!For me there is no other way to play a game than fullscreen! :D
Same here, my computer is a bit old, but I have a nice monitor and will settle for nothing less than 1280x1204 res. I too must push the limit when the time calls for it.
my comp sux to much for full res. =(
It depends, if I'm developing or have for example chats going on I go windowed. But generally when gaming I'm fullscreen.
Fullscreen with max resolution ofcourse! It lets you feel game's atmosphere much better. Don't like window mode coz you always getting diverted from game by ICQ, Skype, Update news for some random soft etc. Atleast on Windows.
Not fullscreen, because my settings are totally messed up and fullscreen means everything gets short and fat... compressed heightwhise.
So I say whatever resolution that doesn't compress the screen
Full screen Gaming FTW
BTW anyone who votes for "I dunno how to game, I read books" should be Bi**h Slapped :P
Damn people and their books. What have books ever done for humanity? Nothing. Games on the other hand provides millions with quality entertainment. Hooked on Phonics can suck my nuts. I'm Hooked on Electronics.
Well the ancient egyptians won't be happy with you will they, being the forefathers of paper an' all.
Well game manuals (Which are books) have informed gamers how to operate their games.
Well I'm sorry if I like to partake in reading a good sci-fi novel whilst I sit comfortably in a large arm chair whilst wearing a nice smoking jacket and fez.. Nothing wrong with a bit of civilized behavior old bean!
Aw yeah!! Read Philip K ****? he is my favorite sci-fi writer. Undoubtedly one of the best. I heartily agree with you, my friend!
24" Fullscreen max 1900x1200 :D
i read books.
And what are you doing here then?^^
because you can read books and play video games too
they arent exclusive
(posted while READING dune:The machine crusade)
Well, original answer was "I dunno how to game, I read books." So I thought, that peterpatat just cut his answer =)
In any case - there're too many great books that are must have. Ofc Fullscreen.
I run all Source games in windowed mode and no border at my native res, essentially making it full screen. Makes alt-tabbing easier.
exact command would be -window -noborder in launch options ;)
I dunno how to read books, so i game in fullscreen (1680x1050) with my HD5870XT <3
i never have understoud why people would play in windowed mode !!
other then for developers or for the reason that the computer is not strong enough to play in full screen mode, but other then that...
that said i personaly prefer full screen and a resolution around 1200 to 1600, for me it isn't importent to play on max. because a lot of games have something parts in there games that can give fps troubles in max res, (untill there patched probebly).
In my case, it depends on the game. I usually play in fullscreen at my max resolution of 1280x1024.
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