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Diablo 3 comes with a number of cut scenes, and as well put together as they are, I don't really intend to watch them multiple times. I've got Diablo 3 on an SSD, so if there's a way to remove these from my installation completely it would be greatly appreciated.

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You do know you can stop them from playing with esc, right? Is that not good enough? – Raven Dreamer Jun 22 '12 at 0:54
@QAvenDreamer the point is also to cut down on space – Mr. November Jun 22 '12 at 0:56
@Mr.November What you can do is moving large files to another partition or hard disk and replacing them with a symlink in the Diablo III folder. For more information see here. This is a good shell extension for symlink/junction point creation. Other tools like Steam Mover do the same. – speakr Jun 22 '12 at 7:45
@speakr Thanks! I had forgotten about symlinks, despite the fact that I use them for some Steam games. – Mr. November Jun 22 '12 at 7:59
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Sadly, no. While you can delete the 1.5 GB enUS_Cutscene.mpq file from your installation directory, it will get re-created once you launch the game.

(Despite this, however, it seems that the cutscenes aren't actually downloaded again. Doing something that triggers a cutscene or watching one from the main menu will instead stream a low-res version of it from Blizzard's servers, YouTube-style.)

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Harumph. Though, I guess it's only 1.5GB. For some reason I thought it was more. – Mr. November Jun 22 '12 at 1:25
Fun fact: 1.5GB is the size of the entire 3-disc Diablo II install, a third of which was video. My, how times have changed... – Brant Jun 22 '12 at 1:29
Has anyone tried replacing the file with another file that is significantly smaller? Might have different results. – slf Jun 24 '12 at 0:20

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