A time honored tradition when playing Certain Games is to keep a book by the computer. I remember Witcher being a massive offender as the loading times let me read up to two pages in peace before it was done. Also the reason why I never got that far with that game.
If the loading times are that long you might want to consider looking for some upgrades for your rig.
I've played all of these "offending" games at least once in the last year or so, and not one of them had such loading times as you had.
And my rig is almost 2 years old now.
Still, reading helps refocus too. Shame you couldn't finish the Witcher though. Whilst not excellent I did find it rather compelling.
@ Deonis: With the machines of this day and age these games don't have much of a loading time at all...but think of the average machine at the time when these games launched, which could be 2-3 years old prior to release date and you may understand the problem.
Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer is special in the sense that the loading times are relatively short...but keep in mind people just keep dropping out, joining the lobby, dropping out etc. and if they decide to stay, they need ages to decide which gun they want to take.
My personal worst offender in this category is Shadowrun Returns.
The loading times would be okay...ish if the game wouldn't look like it runs on my cellphone(in fact it even does, it's available for android Oo).
And I'll probably never understand why you place a confirmation button after each loading screen.
I klicked the buttons to load a game or have continued to the next area and the game has alredy loaded everything at the time the button appears. What is there to confirm? Oo
@Lorac: I find confirmation buttons useful because I sometimes use loading time as a potty break, or as an opportunity to go downstairs and get something to eat or drink. In such circumstances, I appreciate it when the game waits for me to be physically behind the keyboard before it starts playing a plot-vital cutscene or drops me right into the action (where I can get killed if I don't react).
@ Lynneiah: It's a turn based RPG(combat stops as soon as it's your turn), it has no cut scenes and all dialogue has to be confirmed anyway(stops emediately while first sentence is still displayed).
If you don't do anything this game does nothing either. It's really pointless in this case.
@Lorac: I probably should have added that I actually do have games with long(er) loading times. I've played Wasteland II Early access on Steam and there were times I actually wished I had something to read. -.-'
That said, loading times should probably be interactive, informative or non-existant in the background. That's, I think, the general consensus, as patience seems to be a very rare virtue nowadays.
Don't forget Dragon age origins loading time. The memory leak on that game was/is atrocious on PC
Trying to get the summon signs in Dark Souls could be a pain...that and trying to get summoned.
@Deonis: You say rig and I automatically think 'how would a new animation help?' School has damaged me for life, I fear.
I would have liked to finish the Witcher, I even have part two now that I haven't even installed, but the waiting for things to load was just... unspeakable. My current laptop is probably better, but if I remember correctly it got worse the longer the game was running so...
@Lorac: I don't know why, but finding another group takes forever for me most of the time. It's easier to just start one of my own and let people drop in.
@Shaleene: I don't actually have that big of a problem with DA: O. However, on my old laptop DA2's loading screens were only animated for a couple of frames. I was actually surprised when I installed it on the new one and they kept moving XD