Is there a way to skip the videos in beginning of co-op play and the videos between hub and chamber?

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You are at a loading screen if you can't see each others messages and in-game when you can.

During the video in the beginning of co-op play you can talk, which means that you are in-game. You can use this time to chat with your friend in advance, but if you play regularly with someone you know this can indeed be annoying. While trying around yesterday I have noticed that you can influence the settings of the co-op game.

Thus the video in the beginning can be skipped by changing the host time scale:

  1. sv_cheats 1

  2. host_timescale 16 (if it works, it should up the video by about 16x, shouldn't take long)

  3. host_timescale 1 (Set it back, or you'll be unable to play the game properly)

These server-side settings are adopted to the other player, so you'll see them executed twice.

The videos between the hub/chambers can't be skipped, because they are loading screens.

Notice: You can not get achievements for that game anymore...

  • Does this disable achievements as well?
    – DrFish
    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:07
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    @Bora: Achievements are only disabled during the time period that sv_cheats is enabled, as it checks that variable when it is about to assign an achievement. Apr 20, 2011 at 10:11
  • Looks promissing, i'll take a look at evening Apr 20, 2011 at 11:03
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    @Tom In the first Portal, achievements were disabled entirely once you started cheating unless the game was restarted (or through a complicated pausing/saving/loading precedure). Which makes sense because otherwise you could do everything except the last step via cheating, then switch off cheats. Have you tested this method? Apr 25, 2011 at 15:16
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    @MatthewRead: Perhaps it's still like that, I think I misread a FAQ I found earlier. Well, I'll adjust my answer. Apr 25, 2011 at 17:03

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