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8 hours ago, datiswous said:

I think your view on this is somewhat biased. ips glow and background bleeding is monitor specific

It's even unit specific.

Neither TN panels nor VA panels suffer from IPS glow though, and, most TN panels are fine these days in terms of black uniformity.

I had 3 IPS displays here, all were very bad in terms of IPS glow or backlight bleeding. So bad that I sent them back, because I couldn't stand it in darker games.

VA panels should be by far the best for games like TDM (best contrast ratio and black colours). The downside is the reaction time, especially in dark scenes, where you have ghosting on VA panels. There are also fast VA panels like Samsung's G7 though, which should be nice. Expensive though. And curved, which is not really my cup of tea.

As I mentioned, due to all those downsides, I'm still on a TN panel, which is quite nice for games like TDM actually. Of course, TN doesn't have as nice colours as IPS or VA, but, I find that in games that's not really a big issue.

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On 6/9/2022 at 12:52 PM, STiFU said:

That picture would be worthy of our Facebook site, @Springheel. 🙂 (If @refl3ks grants permission of course)

Feel free to use it!

On 6/9/2022 at 2:35 PM, chakkman said:


How is the screen for the dark gameplay? I'm still hanging on to a TN panel monitor, because IPS has horrible IPS glow and backlight bleeding, which totally destroy the gameplay in dark games, and VA has terrible motion blur for the most part. I don't know what panel tech the Steam Deck is using. Looks like it's IPS.

The screen is an IPS display, colors and black levels are decent for what it is. I use Reshade to bump colors/brightness/contrast.

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I've played through a few missions on mine, and have a control scheme for mouselook with a virtual trackball on the right track pad.

It works really well from a performance perspective, and with the mouse control in place I don't really feel like I'm notably disadvantaged vs. M+KB on PC.

And yes, the IPS screen isn't as good as an OLED, but it's fine. I say this typing on the new Alienware QD-OLED, and sure, you don't get pure black levels like that, but it's comparable to a decent laptop screen.

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On 6/10/2022 at 5:55 AM, datiswous said:

You should try starting the game from the Linux executable, you're now running a Windows version. This is because the Linux version of TDM for some reason also adds the Windows executable. At some point we get the situation that people say they play on Linux, but actually they don't (well at least not nativelly), but they don't know.

Which file is the Linux executable that should be linked to Steam?

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5 minutes ago, bantha456 said:

Which file is the Linux executable that should be linked to Steam?


Start The Dark Mod using thedarkmod.x64 in your darkmod folder and begin playing!

Please visit TDM's IndieDB site and help promote the mod:




(Yeah, shameless promotion... but traffic is traffic folks...)

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