That's still the case for me with my Panasonic plasma TV. I generally have to increase the brightness a few steps if I want to play during daytime in summer.
I've never heard of anyone who still does this, but it was something we had to do back in the day when a little sunlight could make your TV screen impossible to see.
I used to game on a super old HDTV. Like so old it didn't even have HDMI ports. Over the years it gradually got darker and darker to the point that all of my games had to be on max brightness just to look playable. So I guess I was one of those guys. Also I find in some horror games they love to put the brightness so low that the game becomes frustrating. I get that horror games need darkness for mood and all that but back when I used to play those games at the recommended brightness I would miss key items because I just couldn't see them.
Aside from that though I never turn up the brightness because it usually makes the colors look worse
Hmmm, really? So I should turn the brightness on my TV up? Is that why some brightness sliders do nothing?
If stuff is too dark, you should adjust your display device not your game. In-game "brightness" settings are usually actually gamma settings, and will ruin your IQ.
You see, in the 1990s games, first person shooters specifically, used to have very little in the way of lighting. So a game like quake would have some lighting effects but it was mostly done with texture work. So if you were playing online you had to jack the brightness to the max to see in dark hallways and whatnot. If you didn't do that you would get murdered.
I'm assuming that people still do it out of habit. I know I always kick it up a few notches even though it doesn't have the same effect anymore.
I really love RE6, and usually hate dialing up brightness, but yeah, that game practically requires it. I suppose if you had a very particular set you could play it at default brightness. Doesn't help that their brightness check is set against a bright background instead of the usual "recede into shadows," lol.
I always crank it up a bit. Games are typically too dark. RE6 would be unplayable for me if I didn't adjust it.
hmm.. Definitely don't experience this. When those screens first load, I never see them and usually have to adjust up to 'barely' see them.
I still don't get the ingame slider in most games. "Adjust so that you could barely see the logo on the left".
but I see the logo even at 0 brightness.