Could the UI be fixed so that a players current settings are locked and not changed by patches/ upgrades I have watched the intro video and do not care for the sound effects and play my own music. Also having to reset all the map settings is a royal PitA.
I'll ask. For testing, we generally have it where we reset things so that we have a QA base line.
You can skip the cutscenes by adding SKIPCUTSCENES to the command line.