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Every time you start Left 4 Dead, it plays a short video to introduce Valve software, then it plays the game intro video. You can skip these videos by pressing ESC twice, but is there an easier way to do this automatically?

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I actually quite like the game intro videos :P – Macha Jul 15 '10 at 15:49
That's the best part of the game! – JohnFx Jul 15 '10 at 15:54
@Macha @JohnFx It is an amazing video, for many reasons, but after watching it for the hundredth time I can now see it in my head. – cowgod Jul 15 '10 at 16:29
up vote 25 down vote accepted

Right-click the game's entry in your library, click Properties, Set Launch Options... and add
-novid. That'll automatically skip all the videos.

By the way, this goes for any Source game.

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That is brilliant. Is there something equally convenient for non-source steam games? – Adam Jensen Aug 1 '14 at 22:10

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