I found out after making this comic that you can skip some parts of this process but not others. And you skip using the spacebar, but not the escape key.
Still, making someone sit through a minute of legal disclaimers and company logos is a poor way to introduce someone to your game. Jerks.
Shamus Young is a programmer and writer by trade, videogame nitpicker by inclination. If you have the patience for more of his ramblings, they can be found at ShamusYoung.com.