It seems like the opening movie always starts up and won't let me cancel it until it has played for about 10 seconds. Is that because it takes the game that long to load regardless? Is there a way to turn off the movie?
Since version 188.8.131.524:
Enjoy your shiny, intro vid free Civ!
Unfortunately, the game takes that long to load regardless. You can turn off the display of the movie but there is no way to actually disable it so that your game loads faster.
Setting the SkipIntroVideo = 1 in usersettings.ini does not actually shorten the load time. Nor does removing the movie file from the root install directory.
You who answer to the contrary (@FallenAngelEyes & @Oak), I challenge you to actually get out a stopwatch and test it. Results below.
Movie on: 20.4 seconds
SkipIntroVideo Set: 19.95 seconds
Movie File Deleted: 20.4 seconds
File deleted and SkipIntroVideo Set: 20.1 seconds
Test procedure used:
p.s. +1 to bwarner's original comment on the first answer about the load time not improving
p.s.s. I realize now that because everyone has a different time before they can click to cancel the movie, it's probably just the game itself loading and not some bug where they force you to watch a certain amount of the movie. So it may not be fixable at all by Firaxis except by improving load times.
Disabling the loading movie also has the advantage, that you do not have to click the mouse to cut it short. You can open the game, and as soon as the game is ready the music starts.
Instead of having you wait for the old man to start talking and then clicking the mouse.
Location of this file in the new Mac version:
In Civ 5 Campaign Edition (purchased through the App Store) on Snow Leopard it is in the following location:
protected by Oak Jan 5 '11 at 15:41
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