Hey guys, here's a protip!
You know those games with unskippable intros but at the end of which the character always ends up the same, ie. there is no customization by this point? As soon as that intro is done, make a save file. Label that motherfucker. And use that as your starting point in the future. Congrats, you've just saved yourself some future forum bitching.
Now go and spend that time curing cancer or ending world hunger or whatever it was you were going to be doing with those few hours. Which I'm totally sure weren't going to be spent watching reruns, randomly browsing the internet or having a quick wank while the missus is down the shops.