XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Disable startup videos [Steam/Mac]

To disable startup videos for the Steam Mac version of XCOM:Enemy Unknown do the following.

Follow these instructions at your own risk. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work for you. I am not responsible for any damage or loss caused due to carrying out these instructions.

  1. Find the file DefaultEngine.ini in
    ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/XCom-Enemy-Unknown/XCOMData/XComGame/Config
  2. [recommended] Create a backup of the file. I called mine: DefaultEngine.ini_backup
  3. Open DefaultEngine.ini using your favorite text editor – I used Sublime Text 3.
  4. Locate the header ; PC Startup movies. The exact line number may vary depending on the DLCs you have installed. For me it was on line 1957.
  5. Add a semi-colon (;) before the first four lines that start with +StartupMovies=. The semi-colon comments these lines out. If you like, you can include an optional space after the semi-colon. Leave the +StartupMovies=[screen_x_resolution]x[screen_y_resolution]_Black line as it is.
    XCOM Enemy Unknown - disable startup movies
  6. Save and close DefaultEngine.ini.
  7. Startup XCOM: Enemy Unknown. If goes well the game should bypass the startup movies and go straight to the main menu.

Reference: StackExchange Gaming post by xenphilos

How to pronounce Kingston Bagpuize (maybe)

Here’s one way to get the pronunciation of “Kingston Bagpuize”, this should work for just about any IPA pronunciation though.

  1. Grab the IPA pronunciation from the Kingston Bagpuize Wikipedia page
    'kɪŋstən 'bæɡpjuːz
  2. Goto the AT&T Natural Voices® Text-to-Speech Demo
  3. For Step 1 – Voice & Language select one of the US-based voices.
    For some reason I couldn’t get the pronunciation text working with the UK voice. Let me know if the comments if you have better luck with any of the non-US accents than I did.
  4. For Step 2 – Text enter the following tag — note that the IPA pronunciation is entered in the ph=”” bit:
    <phoneme alphabet="ipa" ph="ˈkɪŋstən ˈbæɡpjuːz"> </phoneme>
  5. Click Speak to listen to the pronunciation in WAV format. WAV files are compatible with most devices.
    Note: not all the available voices support the phoneme tag syntax — if the resulting file attempts to spell-out the opening square brackets of the tag, then try selecting another voice.

AT&T Natural Voices Text-to-Speech Demo

Example html page using Emmet

Emmet is my tool of choice when handcrafting html in Sublime Text.

Here is a common snippet I use for setting up a (quick-and-dirty) boilerplate html page:

html>head+body>h$[title="Demo"]{Demo}+ul*5>li.item-$${Item $$}*5