Now wait a second, is it that the loading time is LONG or that the game freezes up? If it is the former, how long does it take to load? I've always waited until the 30 second mark or so to determine that it is frozen.
EDIT: I just ALT+Tabbed out of the loading screen and just surfed the net for 20 minutes. I come back, and it's still there. It's not loading slow for me. It's freezing! This is pissing me off. I'll attempt to play it again once this crap stops.