The magic of a high “picmip”

You know, I like to play SG with a picmip of 9. If you’ve never tried the magic of a high picmip, this is how it looks.

Mine, the Goldiggers’ Town. from SG Biondo on Vimeo.

My first video in absolute. 5 minutes of stream, 1 week of work (learning how to use software included, in spare time).

For those who don’t know what picmip is:

You can adjust how much details you want to see in game tweaking the configuration file (q3config.cfg). Replacing the default seta r_picmip “1” with seta r_picmip “9”, you almost remove any texture from objects and models. This way, the game is cleaner and looks more like a cartoon.

Alternatively, you can change picmip from SG console:

  • open console and write “r_picmip 9” (without quotes)
  • restart SG video: in console write “vid_restart” (also without quotes)


Edited in: CinelerraCV,
Titles: Inkscape,
Vimeo’s optimization: Kino,, and Avidemux,
Music (under Creative Commons license,​licenses/​by-nc-sa/​3.0/​us/​):
“The Recruit”, by reaman,
“El fefefè”, by Space Mariachi,
Electrobel is a real mine of CC music, and they have the best on-line music player I’ve ever seen.

Thanks for Cinelerra tutorials to Raffaella Traniello,​Cinelerra/​HOWTO/​index.html.

posted by Biondo in Commands & Config,Graphics & Photos,Movies & Videos,Smokin' Guns and have Comments (9)

9 Responses to “The magic of a high “picmip””

  1. @spi says:

    hehehe … i like details and textures in game, reducing is possible by the engine, some guys break it down to symbols, cause its fast and cut down shooting to the essential to hit your opponent ! hmmm ….. however …. i love the the game, how it is, and i want to see all ! while i shot YOU *LAME* guys, or throw my knife in your back …. hehehe 😉
    thnx friends and cu you 😀


  2. JippiJaYeah says:

    It looks like a nuclear armageddon.

    • Biondo says:

      Well, maybe the first half of the video, but sure not the bots’ dance 🙂

      • JippiJaYeah says:

        Thats really great – bots’ river dance?

        BTW: The link: is funtastic, great music there. Didn’t know about the link. Thank you!

  3. JesseJames says:

    Haha funny, indeed I never heard of picmip 9

  4. Biondo says:

    Thanks Greyman and Sape!
    @Sape, probably you haven’t seen it before because I’m one of the scarce players that use picmip 9. I’ve never met a SG player who likes it in my whole gaming experience.

  5. SAPE says:

    I have never seen this before. Great video. FUN!!! 🙂

  6. GREYMAN says:

    Nice video Biondo. I like it. 🙂
    Thank you! Greyman

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