Wow...you guys are talking minutes. That's hard to believe. My times are recorded, as mentioned above I would time my load times.
All HIGH video options, shadows simple, GL extensions off, 1024x768x32
Initial cold level load: 33.2 sec
Warm level load: 19.4 sec
Quicksave: .5 sec
"Cold" refers to first load of the entire game. "Warm" refers to subsequent level reloads, ie. after death or screw-up.
I have absolutely no problems at all. I did not realize people were now talking load times in the realm of minutes.
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