I know, I can’t believe either that it’s taken me 10 years to know this is a thing, but, wow, way to go, EAxis. No one sucks quite like you do (Thoma$$ sucks more, but in a different way). So actual in-game non-cheatery functions can cause your hoods to implode. I’ve done some VBTs to my main playing hood, namely deleting sims from the bin and moving sims in their lots from one neighbourhood to another. So realising it’s only a matter of time (although it could be a long time, who knows) before my hood turns into a BFBVFS, I thought it better to just extract my sims with SimSurgery and create a brand new hood and place a list of things not to do as the neighbourhood description. Since it’s been years since I played any of my old families, I can’t remember their stats anyway, so I’m fine with starting them again.
The problem is, EAxis insist on planting those premades into your family bin, and control freak that I am, I just don’t want any playables that I didn’t make in my main hood. I followed the safe(r) method tutorial to delete them only now neither of the two new households I created are ageing. I thought the problem was the recent installation of a lifespan mod but after testing it seems the problem is more likely the batbox stage of deleting sims as before that the sim was ageing fine. So my new supposed to be unborked hood is now borked even more than my worked neighbourhood. Way to go EA. If you had just had the sense to create a non-BFBVFS delete function this wouldn’t even be an issue. So now that hood has to be scrapped too.
Anyway even before that the hood was creating problems. I packaged up the community lots from the old hood, cleared out any cc in the sims2pack then installed them. But when I went to edit one of my community lots (even though i have ofb I don’t remember a sim ever purchasing a community lot so i don’t think that has anything to do with it), the host podium had a sign on the front, the chef was in the kitchen and the cooker was in use. I used moveobjects on to remove them, only while redecorating I got an “out of funds” message??? What?!
Exiting the game and reloading seemed to fix it but why did it happen to start with??
Okay I forgot that the no disc crack I used for Seasons was only for the unpatched version. I don’t have a built in disc drive on my netbook, so I prefer to use cracked exes when I can. Anyway I forgot to check if a patched version for Seasons was available before patching (it’s not) so I tried to uninstall the game only i kept getting that same message i got when I tried to uninstall the failed install of Sims 1, is that the program didn’t install properly. So I’ve system restored in the hopes that the unpatched version would be back only it hasn’t BUT the uninstaller is running so right now I’m backing up all my saves (taking ages and that’s not even including the DL folder which I backed up yesterday). Oh my gosh EAxis are so incompetent. Why is it that every other game I have, I can install, play, create CC, download CC uninstall and not have to worry about, but with anything by EA it’s just problem after problem? EA, why do you suck so much? Is it an art form you work to perfect or does or just come naturally?
So right now I’m hoping that i remembered everything that needs backing up and that the uninstaller works properly and i can restore my existing hoods (ya never know, I might finish Jasmine’s story one day).
Oh well, here goes…
In an exclusive teleconference with EA, T$R’s Steve has been able to leak us the following previews of The Sims 4!
In his dreams
The Agent Pixies were revealed first by, I believe, AllGamesBeta.com. Please click the link to see the rest.
UPDATE: Official site is live: http://thesims.com
One thing I have to say, they don’t look so puddin-faced as TS3 Sims. That was reason #1 that TS3 was a DNW for me.
For some reason, I feel like I’m looking at a TS1 screenshot here.
That is one fugly interface. But at least that is not one fugly puddin’ face.
I have to say, it looks quite interesting. I’m not so sure about the cartoony feel, but that’s what custom content and default replacements are for.
Quotes from above link:
Emotional Depth – For the first time, Sims feel and express emotions. Your Sims can experience a diverse range and depth of emotional states and are influenced through other Sims, actions, events, memories, or even by the clothing and objects you choose. Emotions offer you more choice by giving you the opportunity to create richer stories with even more possibilities.
But haven’t Sims being showing emotion since, um, TS1 days? What I would have liked to see (forgive me if this has already been done in TS3) is for Sims to have more personality. So we get those stupid Sloppy/Neat, Shy/Outgoing options, but honestly, apart from disabling one or two interactions, and the occasional whinge when you tell a Serious Sim to play, it doesn’t really affect the character all that much. My Sloppy Sims still clean up their dishes after themselves. Even 100% Sloppy Sims still want to shower frequently. I’d have liked sliding scale traits like Stupid Sims, who don’t get the jokes and never excel at school no matter how much they study, and Mean Sims who just like causing meanness to everyone (sorry, we have Thoma$$ for that already). *sigh*
Another thing about TS2 that seemed incongruous was that personality traits don’t actually affect what you can and can’t make your Sims do. Hmm, I dunno. Like for instance, let’s take a Sim with 0 Playful points, ie 100% Serious Sim. I would expect such a sim to not be amused by jokes. Depending on their Grumpy/Nice score, I would expect such a sim to either contrive a polite laugh or to be clearly not amused. But in actuality, such a sim will ALWAYS laugh uproariously. Without fail.
Also it doesn’t make sense that a Romance Sim with fear of getting engaged will still ALWAYS accept a marriage proposal, as long as the friendship scores are high enough. Seriously?? Why?
Anyway, unlike TS3, this is a MW (maybe want). Of course, to be a MP (maybe play) I’d need a better computer, since TS2 Seasons is as far as this one can go. I’m really thinking I’d like to build my own. We’ll see.
Chilling out between shoots.
This was just WEIRD.
Yeah, I dunno either.
“Oh sorry, do we need to shoot that scene again?”
To infinity – and somewhere over there.
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When I migrated my Sims 2 savegames over to my netbook, I had another clearout of all the CC I thought I didn’t need. One area that got nuked was the custom eyes. Cos I just don’t need that many. I’d gone on a downloading spree for eyes in the early days, before I knew about default replacements, and that meant most of storytelling sims ended up with custom eyes.
Which I have now cleared out. So my Sims have the awful Maxis brown eyes, because that’s what’s left behind on the skintone.
There is a way to fix this using Simpe. I’ve cribbed this from MsBarrows’s method, but this is only for Sims who have lost their custom eye colour. Here’s how to switch them to Maxis defaults, which you can then over-ride with default replacements: http://wp.me/P5tcJ-GV
I’ve been looking over Jasmine’s story and realising how awful it is in places 😀
So, yeah, I’m seriously late to my own party. Do you know who Jasmine is? No, of course not. You’re here for Selene and Endymion, aren’t you?
Well, for the sake of my own peace of mind, I’m starting to update the existing chapters. The writing was really bad in some places, so I hope I’ve cut the worst offenders. The bit that bugged me most was the opening scene of chapter two. So that’s been cut and integrated into the scene with Saffron. Page count has only gone down by two, but at least it doesn’t drag quite so much at the beginning.
I’m trying to keep Jasmine’s hairstyle more consistent this time. I don’t know why I keep getting the urge to change her hair! I’m still having to fight it now! Twitchy fingers, STOP! I’m redoing the worst screenshots from parts 1-3. Once I’ve ironed out everything that’s bugging me, I’ll move onto the next three.
I’m not quite au fait with screenie-ing (or as I now say: AGENT PIXIE-ing!!) these days. I remember knowing the pose hacks almost off by heart in those days. *sigh* Here are some out-takes and a few actual in-takes 😀
Has the better graphics card made a difference? The images seem clearer to me. What do you think?
Okay, so after a bit of research (ie looking on autotrader), I discovered that the Gallardo costs up to 10x more than an Elise. I had no idea Elises were so cheap (relatively speaking). Although I think the Europa S actually looks nicer. Anyway, Ash is rich, but not THAT rich. So it makes more sense for him to have bought an Elise. Which, duh, he should have done in version 1, since it was her fave car from the start.
So anyway, what does this mean? It means I’m seriously considering giving poor Jasmine her last chapter. How long has that girl been in police custody? Years now, poor thing. But because I am so badly organised, I’m going to have to remember how the story went. I am a terrible planner and did not write any notes on the plot. So bear with me, but maybe I’ll have something for you by the end of the year.
(Assuming anyone even remembers who Jasmine is, and why they care.)
I don’t even remember taking this. And I bet no one remembers the significance of this picture either.
I’m sure there’s a reason I created the flashback family.
Too doo doodoooo
Damn me, that picture is not supposed to be there. Doi!
I don’t know if this post is a clue or what. Make of it what you will.
W000o0o0ho0ho000o0o00000! You know Seasons is the one EP I really wanted. Uni I wanted for the Hang Out interaction for my stories, NL for the cars (although it also seemed the funnest out of the ones my poor XP box could handle) and OFB for no other reason than that I wanted the Magisplay tray for my screenies, which is kind of ironic, since I only bought it recently, long after I retired from Sim storytelling. But Seasons was the one I really wanted.
So despite my super-slow processor, the amazingly great graphics card (compared to the CCLOCIC) means I can actually play it! So I bought a copy second-hand (didn’t I say no more of my money is going to be used to pay SHERRIE DANDAN’S wages?). I eagerly opened the box, then thought: Oh wait, this is EA we’re talking about. Checked the back of the disc and ZOMGNOWAIZ! “Sony DADC”! Gaaaaah!
Since I seem to be getting quite a lot of hits for this, here’s where you can get paysite custom content for free (including peggy, rose, thesimsresource aka TSR, etc):
- Paysites Must Be Destroyed – the original Booty, but not updated as often as it used to be
- SunsetSims – updates more frequently than PMBD
- Magisch’s Shoutbox – make requests for pay content
- Baixe Sims – Brazilian site. Pay content.
- SimsCave – note they do not share TSR files (too much dramaz)
- Anti-TSR – TSR subscriber content shared for free.
- Coconut’s Hut – no CC here, but plenty of info on TSR’s dirty dealings. If your fave sharing/fansite gets hacked/taken down, Coco will have the latest info.
Just to clarify – filesharing, good:
“In exchange for the use of the software, and to the extent that your contributions through the use of the software give rise to any copyright interest, you hereby grant EA an exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, fully transferable and sub-licensable worldwide right and licence to use your contributions in any way and for any purpose in connection with the software and related good and services including the rights to reproduce, copy, adapt, modify, perform, display, publish, broadcast, transmit, or otherwise communicate to the public by any means whether now known or unknown and distribute your contributions without any further notice or compensation to you of any kind for the whole duration of protection granted to intellectual property rights by applicable laws and international conventions. You hereby waive any moral rights of paternity, publication, reputation, or attribution with respect to EA’s and other players’ use and enjoyment of such assets in connection with the software and related goods and services under applicable law. The licence grant to EA, and the above waiver of any applicable moral rights, survives any termination of the licence.”
Who’d have thunk it? My netbook, despite its slowness, does actually have a pretty good graphics card on board. ATI Radeon 6250 apparently. Whatever that means, it’s utterly better than the CCLOCIC (crappy crap load of crap Intel chipset). I’m surprised by how smoothly TS2 is playing on here, even with the addition of another expansion pack.
Better still, anti-aliasing also seems to be enabled on here. Have a look:
Eh, anyway, it looks a LOT better, and plays a lot more smoothly (when I say “play”, I haven’t actually put any Sims into it yet. I’m only using it for props.)
YaY for the Radeon chipset!
Gosh darn it! That blessed Securom! GAH!!!
Anyway, I did what I should have done years ago and bought my own copy of The Sims 2 base game so I could install all that shiz on my netbook instead of having to use the family PC, which always has someone staring over my shoulder while I’m trying to work. I was careful to not buy the double deluxe or whatever it’s called and get a second-hand copy of the old bog standard DVD edition. Before installing I also checked online for any references to its having SuckyROM and checked the back of the disc for the Sony DADC, which was not present. Anyway, after buying OFB (again, second-hand: screw EA if they think I’m putting money into SHERRIE DANDAN’S pocket), I thought, EA sucks, let me double-check my registry just in case. And lo and behold, that old enemy of mine was now on my new netbook!
I was like, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! They’ve got me again, nooooooooo!”. But really, I was stumped as to how the hell that crap got onto my netbook, considering how careful I’d been. If the base-game was clear (and at this point I had only installed Uni and Nightlife, which I had been safely using on the family PC, so I knew they were clear), how in the heck did that malware get installed? The only games I have on here are Baldur’s Gate (which I’ve also used safely on the old PC), Heroes III Complete (ditto), Tropico (which doesn’t even have a disc-check to run), Icewind Dale (also no SuckyROM detected after I installed that) and the Sierra city-building games.
Ahhhh! There’s the culprit I think. Pharaoh and Zeus are clear, but Emperor… I assumed that since there was no Sony DADC on the disc, and because I bought the Sold Out version, the game would be clean. But I knew that they did use SuckyROM on Caesar IV, and a bit of Interweb searching reveals that, on the original release of Emperor anyway, SecuROM was bundled with the game. So I am assuming that that is when that crap got on to my netbook.
See, I should have just pirated it to start with.
Game uninstalled and disc to never enter my DVD drive again.
A concerned mother recently posted on Coconut’s shoutbox about her worries over her daughter’s IM communication with Thoma$ at TSR.
Disclaimer: I will make it clear that there is no evidence that the conversations between Thoma$ and Louise’s daughter were sexual or inappropriate in any way. Regardless, it was enough for Louise to be worried about what was going on.
What happened after confirmed what we always knew anyway: that T$R do indeed have ties with EA. And now we have a name for another one of these ties: Sherrie Dandan (the other two being the Maxoids Drea and Hydra — and probably many others).
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Dandan, Sherrie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 31 May 2012 23:05
Subject: RE: Alleged hackings?
Ah, I figured as much that it had to come from our favorite sites lol! Ugh, how childish of them. I’m very sorry you and your site are going through this mess again.
Thanks so much for the explanation. We’ve only heard 2 people yammer over it to us (one on our tumblr page and one via email..to our PR). It might have been from the same person, who knows. And our PR who received it wasn’t sure how to handle it and forwarded it to us.
Didn’t mean to cause you any alarm (if any!).
Fan events seem to be very rare and far between. There haven’t been any fan events planned as of yet that I’ve heard of. If there are any, of course I’d let you know!
So how’s life been for you? I just remembered – you still have that awesome gift that keeps on giving! I still wonder how it got through customs without the agents giggling. I remember at one point we had to read through some harassment policies and we wondered if that counted as harassment. Guess we can’t hide that thing around each other’s desks anymore lol! Well, at least to be safe hehe.
Anyhoo, thanks again. I’ll let PR know that it’s just our favorite pirating site causing trouble again.
From: Steve @ The Sims Resource [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:41 PM
To: Dandan, Sherrie
Subject: RE: Alleged hackings?
It’s always good to hear from you, even if it is under awkward circumstances 🙂
Yea, we are aware of this. It all stems from the Coconut Blog that is hosted by Pescado, who also hosts the sites that try to destroy so called “Illegal Pay Sites”. If you read the blog there, any half intelligent person will see very quickly that it’s made up of lies and exaggerations with the sole purpose of destroying The Sims Resource. They have been around for years and every now she finds the energy to make up some more lies (she is actually a bitter artist that begged us to make her Featured Artist but was rejected because she wasn’t good enough, and took a vow to cause as much trouble for us as she could). Most of it in the form of edited screenshots that shallow people take to be absolute proof, while technically adept people can see the edits quite clearly with a pixel zoom.
Anyway, the latest allegations are that TSR is actively hacking into other Sims sites, their flickr and social networking sites, and doing all kind of bad things there. Of course its rubbish, we have neither the inclination nor technical skills/knowledge to hack websites and major commercial networks. In any case, people have even come forward and pointed out that the hacking was actually done by someone they know and not TSR, but they gloss over that rather quickly. It’s not good for their story.
They openly accused us of hacking Mod The Sims in a bid to close the site down. Delphy, the owner, publicly stated that he knows TSR was no part of it after he investigated it. Coconut said “well I don’t care, I still think it was TSR so our accusation stands”. It’s all rubbish.
Ironically, it has been bought to our attention recently that Coconut’s followers have been Private Messaging our members in our forums and your own, claiming to be TSR staff trying to resolve technical issues, and asking for their login details for our site. That’s why we posted a news statement a couple of days ago telling our users that we would never need to ask for their passwords and not to give them out.
I think if you read this complaint you have been forwarded you will see the ‘way over the top’ way they desperately try to get the attention of EA, who they so want on board to shut TSR down. “FBI… Internet fraud… Punished for crimes… Harassment and Slander…” We’re a Sims fansite for goodness sake, all we do is sell subscriptions for access to our premium content, which just happens to be the best and largest collection of Custom Content for the Sims games, made in the Sims 3 case by all our own software engineered in house but made freely available for any Sims fansite out there to use at will (Workshop). Does that sound like the same website this user is describing? What proof can they offer that we have been involved in any so called hackings? There won’t be any. We are grown men with jobs (as you know, I work for the Government in Criminal Justice), we aren’t about to getting up to this nonsense.
So there. Anyway, on to more pressing matters…. When is Sims 4 being released, and when’s the next event???
Love to the team,
I am so disgusted I can’t even think of anything to say to this right now.
You can read the full article at Coconut’s Hut.
Best laugh I’ve had since I read T$R’s April Fools message -> thesimsresource.com/articles/myths
The depths Thoma$ will sink to… Buggybooz @ MTS2, who PS is one of my fave CC artists, recently had her stuff ripped off by Shakeshaft, one of T$R’s Featured Arti$ts. Obviously, Buggy was very upset and threw up a fuss.
Then Buggy’s MTS2 account got hacked, and her stuff all pulled. Her policy was changed to ‘do whatever you like with my content’. Coincidence? I think not. An IP check reveals a match with Thoma$$…
From MTS2’s Delphy:
I think it’s clear here one of the following things happened:
– Either Thomas himself removed Buggy’s stuff, or
– Thomas gave the password to his account to somebody else at TSR and they removed it
In addition to the above, they must have gotten buggy’s password from somewhere, which indicates one of two things:
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You remember Neptune ‘Why Not Make All FA Content Subscriber-only’ Suzy?
Here is an interesting bit of gossip from Calalily at PMBD
She was canned by TSR as an FA, and to save face begged Thomass to be allowed to stay on as FA for free. Thomass being the cheap b*****d he is, agreed (all for Silus, all for Silus). So Neptune Suzy’s downloads are pay, but she doesn’t get a single cent for them – serves her bloody right.
A few by PMBD members:
Hold it! Dere r moar macros! View the rest here!
Holy crap! I logged into MTS2 today for the first time in – oh ages – and squee! How did this happen??
Someone from the-prism.com asked EA technical support about a problem with HomeCrafter Plus not working. HomeCrafter Plus was made by EA for The Sims 2. EA’s response as follows:
Thank you for contacting Electronic Arts Technical Support regarding on your concern with The Sims 2.
As to your concern, we do not support or advice the use of this program (Homecrafter Plus) since it’s considered as a game modifier. It may cause conflict(s) with the game itself.
Should you have any other concerns or problems regarding EA Games feel free to contact us or you can review our extensive Self Support Knowledgebase (http://support.ea.com).
So, how daft can you get? Very, if EA’s tech support are anything to go by.
I am stepping down from the Torrent Queen role and whoever wants it can have it. My original aim in torrenting paysite content was
– to annoy T$R
– help spread the message that Paysites Must Be Destroyed,
and I feel I’ve succeeded in both.
Please don’t request any new torrents – a refusal often offends. You may ask me to seed my existing torrents if they’re slow or dead, but that’s all. If I’m bored I might put Simal and BlackGarden’s stuff on the torrents, but right now I am up to my ears in other projects, so don’t hold your breath.
MOAR @ PMBD
(Actually I’m not sure if this is a specific SecuROM issue; my sister gets the same message when she plays Fable and Fable can haz no Suck-u-rom)
Utterly brilliant! It’s gone!
That was easier than I thought! There’s a non-techie way! Whew!
ETA: It looks like it might not have been a game that was responsible after all. I’ve discovered that (my sister’s) Official DSA Theory Test (i.e. the driving theory test) CD has the Sony DADC thing on it too, but most of the stuff mentioned in the MATY thread (e.g. securom folder in your settings folder, the uaservice7.exe thing) weren’t present. So maybe it was a less aggressive form of Suck-u-ROM? Still Suck-u-ROM though. Cool, so now even government owned institutions are trying to take over our PCs.
*thinks for a while*
… actually there’s nothing surprising about that at all.
ETA Part II : Actually I think it was my sister’s Castaway after all
Damn you, EA! Damn you!!
GRRRRRRRR!!! Why does no one listen to me when I say, check if it has SecuROM!!! Now I gotta wait for techie Uncle to come round and remove it cos I’m sure I’ll screw up somewhere. Or maybe I won’t bother waiting that long and give it a try anyway.
Here’s the quick way to see if your game is infected. Look at the back of the CD. I’ve even provided a picture for you.
Somewhere where I’ve shown you, in little writing, you will see the words SONY DADC. This is sekrit code for: Ha ha, l00zers!! U iz pirate! Nao all ur PC r belong to us!!
For the T$R sheep
Atwa is also known as:
Ooh! OOH!! Yummy! What’s this?
Who you playing as? “Pit, of course!”
“Look! I got the wings, the black chiton, even Palutena’s rings! Now will you finish my story? Please please please…”
Nice try, Jay, but you forgot the bow and arrows.
“But, but, but – ”
No! Oh – oh – damn you! Okay then!
You might have noticed from my screenies, up till now I’ve only ever used Maxis tones (and recolours based on the Maxis skintones for my non-Earth sims). So I’ve decided to stop being so boring on that front (sorry, other kinds of boredom will persist). Some of Enayla‘s tones looked quite nice, so I thought I’d give them a go.
Woo! It’s taking some getting used to; it looks so weird compared to the rest of the sims in the neighbourhood! This one is the Opaline tone (I think?) and makes the Sim look a bit cadaverous
Ah ah ah! Wings wings!!!!!
Constipation of the brain… and, er, diarrhoea of the mouth
(Apologies to Paden for nicking her line)
What super happy fun goodness in the TSR paysites ‘debate’ thread. This is the old thread where (in my sheepy days) T$R deleted my post because I C+P’d the EULA (or maybe it was the message from EA, I can’t remember). Anyhoo, the thread’s been resurrected of late, and is worth taking a look at.
Total votes: 58
- $#@£”%*”!!! Those taffers aren’t getting a penny more out of me! (34.5% / 20 votes)
- I’m unhappy with them, but I desperately want [insert game here], so I won’t boycott (36.2% / 21 votes)
- I’m indifferent, really (17.2% / 10 votes)
- EA’s cool! What’s your problem, dude? (12.1% / 7 votes)
Whoa… 12% of voters are total crawlers for EA. Scary.