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Render Device
This allows you to choose what device will be used to handle the graphics. If you have a 3D card, such as a nVidia GeForce or ATI, choose “Direct 3D”. If you don’t have one, choose “Software”.

Choose how much of the screen you want to use. A higher resolution provides more detail, but requires more resources. Unless you have a very bad computer, you should stick with “1024x768”. A power user can choose all the way up to 1600x1200.

Color Depth
Choose the depth of the colors used throughout the game. You can choose between 16- and 32-bit. 32-bit makes everything look nicer, but 16-bit is easier on underpowered systems.

Full Screen
Choose between playing the game like a normal game, or have it in a window on your desktop.

Change the various settings of colors. The image of the spacefighter will change appropriately, and this is how the game will look when you’re actually playing.

Texture Detail
Texture Detail changes how good the textures look. Textures are wallpapers, floor coverings, etc. The higher the setting, the better and sharper they look, but the more resources are required.

Character Detail
This option changes how good the character models look. A higher setting makes all the players look nicer and sharper, but requires more resources.

World Detail
This option handles the graphics of the world, from the ground and mountains to the sky and foliage. A higher setting makes everything nicer, but needs more memory.

Physics Detail
This option handles the physics of the game. Physics means the rag doll animations you see when you die, the way vehicles explode and bounce around on the contours of the world, etc. A higher setting makes everything cooler looking, but needs more memory.

Dynamic Mesh LOD
This option changes how good characters look at a distance. You can make it so characters look blocky, freeing resources, or make them look clear at any distance, which takes up more memory.

Decal Stay
This option determines how long decals stay in the world (bullet holes, blood, etc.). A high setting leaves everything for a longer time, but requires a lot of resources.

Character Shadows
This option determines how good the shadows of players look. “Full” makes shadows look real, which could help you locate hidden enemies. “Blob” is just a big circle underneath the enemy, and “None” removes them altogether. The higher the setting, the more memory that’s required.

If enabled, decals will appear. If disabled, they won’t be shown at all.

Dynamic Lighting
Changes whether dynamic lighting will be used. If you are in a darkened corridor and you fire a rocket, the light from the rocket will reflect off the walls, floor and ceiling.

Detail Textures
Adds some extra graphical power to the textures. Requires more memory if enabled.

Enables coronas. Requires more memory if enabled.

Trilinear Filtering
This enables an extra filtering method, which can make everything look that much better. Turn it off to improve performance.

Determines whether or not you see projectors.

Determines whether or not you see foliage, such as grass, trees, bushes, shrubs, etc.

Weather Effects
Will it be snowing in snowy maps? Will you see lightning off in the distance? Turn off to improve performance.

Fog Distance
Determines how far in the world you can see. The farther to the right you move the slider, the further you can see in the game, but more memory is required.

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