Originally Posted by Valgor
If it's always been on, why didn't it affect the loading times previous to version 1.000?
Maybe it's something nVidia changed with their drivers after all.
From the game's perspective there are 2 possibilities. You have turned off compressed textures, they are no longer supported, or something else changed that would require the game to build all of the textures in a different format. The other possibility is that you have unzipped everything and now instead of checking lots of files in 1 zip the game has to check lots of individual files which is a lot slower.
If neither of these things is happening it's probably not the game.
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