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Hi, something I've been noticing for years, but never looked into it further.
Basically, I'm noticing that while changing the contrast/brightness settings on my monitor the effect it has in game and generally on my PC is immense.
For example, If I increase the contrast my mouse somehow becomes lighter, my movement in game becomes faster and everything I see on screen is more responsive.
Specifically, the effect it has in game is quite astonishing to be frank. My weapon shoots faster and more precisely, the feeling I get is more solid. The models on screen appear more solid, not laggy/skippy.
Something I need to mention is that I play in a dark room, mainly during the night. So what I would do usually is decrease brightness/contrast to reduce and avoid eye fatigue since my eyes are extremely sensitive to high gamma and light.
The last night by increasing the contrast and brightness my games started running amazingly. Very fast, responsive...the input lag has almost disappeared completely. The problem is that I couldn't resist for more than 40 minutes on such settings. My eyes hurt quite badly after that and I needed like an hour for the pain to completely vanish.

So what is going on here? Is there a way to keep my usual low brightness/contrast settings and still enjoy a fast and responsive gaming experience.
Also, why does the mouse start to feel so light, like feather...so easy to move around the screen.

At least show a direction to understand further this problem.
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Hi, something I've been noticing for years, but never looked into it further.
Basically, I'm noticing that while changing the contrast/brightness settings on my monitor the effect it has in game and generally on my PC is immense.
For example, If I increase the contrast my mouse somehow becomes lighter, my movement in game becomes faster and everything I see on screen is more responsive.
Specifically, the effect it has in game is quite astonishing to be frank. My weapon shoots faster and more precisely, the feeling I get is more solid. The models on screen appear more solid, not laggy/skippy.
Something I need to mention is that I play in a dark room, mainly during the night. So what I would do usually is decrease brightness/contrast to reduce and avoid eye fatigue since my eyes are extremely sensitive to high gamma and light.
The last night by increasing the contrast and brightness my games started running amazingly. Very fast, responsive...the input lag has almost disappeared completely. The problem is that I couldn't resist for more than 40 minutes on such settings. My eyes hurt quite badly after that and I needed like an hour for the pain to completely vanish.

So what is going on here? Is there a way to keep my usual low brightness/contrast settings and still enjoy a fast and responsive gaming experience.
Also, why does the mouse start to feel so light, like feather...so easy to move around the screen.

At least show a direction to understand further this problem.

In the reality I exist, changing the brightness or contrast on my monitors can not effect the physical weight of peripherals or alter a weapon's ability that is set by a game.

Hopefully a psychologist will chime in and put a name on this phenomenon so we can all understand what's happening.

I would turn some lights on in the room to achieve that mental state you get when brightness and contrast are increased without increasing eye strain.
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5820K X99-A EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC GSkill Ripjaw V 4x8GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB Noctua NH-D15S 10 EDU 2x Dell U2715H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm gunmetal and browns Cooler Master V850 Cooler Master XB EVO Logitech G403 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
TECKNET Fluance SX6  S.M.S.L SA-60 Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port 
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Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Crucial Ballistix Sport 2X2GB  Hitachi Deskstar 320GB 
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Thx, very helpful.
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