LCD screens are always recommended as PC screens and for game consoles. The arguments I have heard base this claim on picture quality. Plasma TV's are (or has been) the better choice for movies.
Maybe part of the reason for this is that most PC monitors are smaller than 30 inches and you don't get many plasma screens that small. But since you are going for 50 inches you do at least have many plasma screens as a possible choice to consider. Go to some warehouses and they all will recommend a LCD screen. I believe no professional will recommend a plasma TV for gaming. I've seen consumer tests and I've been to warehouses and gathered info.
I don't remember all the reasons why LCD is better, but one reason had to do with contrast and ability to display blackness. I think blackness is more important for movies (or was it perhaps vice versa). But what I do remember is that the properties important for gaming makes LCD the best choice.
QUOTE (DuffMan @ Nov 22 2010, 12:33 AM)
Go for LCD. Plasmas are too prone to burning in, which means if you're on a CoD MP marathon, the HUD will get engraved into the screen before too long. Plasma screens really aren't worth considering for anything these days, LCDs have come so far since you had to make the choice between the quality of the picture (particularly in terms of contrast and colour) and lifespan.
Can an image burn into a plasma screen? I thought that was a problem only on CRT.
Top quality picture used to mean shorter lifespan? I would have guessed high quality screens meant both good quality picture and long lifespan.