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Featured upload! Servo - Complete Conversion

by Qahne Posted 25th Dec 2015 at 5:05 AM - Updated 14th May 2016 at 3:28 AM by Qahne
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
You may have seen this floating around on the forums here a few months ago; I started this project way back when in May (and teased it in one of the screenshots here), but computer issues kept me from finishing it off. Now, at last, my Christmas gift to you:

New, from Shiny Things Inc., meet Servo!

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Gardening? Check. Cooking? Check. Periodic bursts of wanton destruction? Indeed, check. This friendly humanoid robot is truly but one step from humanity. The Servo Model has a gender-assignable artificial intelligence unit that simulates all the desires of a real human: friendship, success... even love. Just make sure you keep the Servo Model in a good mood, else you'll be the one cleaning up all the ash piles while your new friend lies sparking in the corner.




I have loved the Servos, our sims' delightful mechanical servants, since Livin' Large way back when. It only felt appropriate to convert them to the latest iteration of the game - but I wanted to make sure it was functional as well as pretty, which meant that sims with the Servo outfit could never not have it on - this meant not only when naked, but also while in career or special event outfits. This meant, of course, that I couldn't just go the easy route and make the Servo body a simple item of clothing that could be taken on or off at will - but I did manage it using some workarounds and some neat features TS4 introduced to the CAS system, with some help from the wonderful CmarNYC.

The key was the bear costume that came with Outdoor Retreat - it's an outfit that completely covers your sim, ignores their slider values and anything they might be wearing. I spent some time picking it apart, figuring out how it worked and managed to replicate the effect for my Servos.

Having accomplished that much, I thought to myself...what about if Servo has an elegant party to wait on?



And then...what if Servo gets bitten by a vampire? Or a werewolf?



And then...what if Servo stumbles upon an archaic tome?



And that is the story of how my OCD forced me to convert every single kind of Servo we had in The Sims 2. Plus some extras, like added recolours of female Servo's garishly pink dress!

You get a total of 9 items - 6 skin details, 2 necklaces, and a bonus buy object!

How To Use
  • Find one of three basic Servo bodies (normal, fanged, witch) under Skin details
  • Go to Necklaces and apply the formal outfit if desired
  • Done!



The meshes and textures are all from The Sims 2's expansion packs, and are completely vanilla and unchanged in any way, except for the hands - TS2 is a ten year old game, and the hands are very low poly compared to TS4. This means that, no matter how much I were to fiddle with bone assignments, the animations were never going to line up properly. So I gave the Servos the high-detail The Sims 4 hands to make sure that the animations line up perfectly, and then painstakingly traced the original TS2 hand texture using a vector image program and adjusted it to fit over the The Sims 4 hands' UV map. The result is something that looks like the original hands, but has the beautifully smooth movement the TS4 hands do.

The dress also comes in 7 extra colours, just in case eye-searing pink isn't to your taste - red, black, purple, brown, green, white and blue - the latter six colours are all matched to the witch hat, so you can use them together without fear!

The bonus Buy Mode object is a conversion of the deactivated Servo from The Sims 2: Open For Business. It can be found under Electronics / Misc. and costs §6210. It only comes with a male head, like in the original game, and this one doesn't have new hands. It's just a straight conversion, is purely decorative, and is cloned from a small plant, so it will fit on pretty much any shelf.

You are invited to create recolours and new outfits for these guys! You are free to use the textures and meshes as a base (I am particularly hoping someone gives the female Servo some nice new dresses, and maybe a new hat or two!), but please don't distribute these meshes with your recolours, link back here instead.

Known Issues

Some of the joints on the tuxedo shoulders and around the middle of the dress look a little strange when running certain animations. This is an issue present in the original Servos in The Sims 2 as well, and something I tried to mitigate as much as possible with very tedious and gradually changing bone assignments, but I could only fix the issues with the skirt of the dress. This is something that is due to the small number of vertices in these areas, and not something that can be remedied.

Additionally, certain necklaces will display their texture on the witch / warlock hats - this is due to a conflict in how I mapped the high-resolution TS2 hat texture. It's not a problem for the dress or tuxedo in this upload, but if you see the hat texture being weird, it's not a glitch! Just take off the necklace and it will be fine

Polygon Counts:

Each outfit has only one LOD, since they are from relatively low-polygon The Sims 2 meshes. The buy item has all three levels of detail, since it is very high-poly for a build/buy object.

Male:

Servo Basic - 4422 Polys
Servo Tux - 4325 Polys
Servo Fangs - 4450 Polys
Servo Warlock - 4592 Polys

Female:

Servo Basic - 4507 Polys
Servo Dress - 4247 Polys
Servo Fangs - 4535 Polys
Servo Witch - 4602 Polys

Buy:

Servo (Deactivated)
LOD0 - 3312 Polys
LOD1 - 1760 Polys
LOD2 - 805 Polys

Additional Credits:

Huge thanks to CmarNYC for helping me solve the many glitches that kept coming up!

Thanks as always to MTS for hosting and EA for publishing the game.

Textures made with Inkscape and The GIMP, meshes modified with Milkshape 3D and imported using CmarNYC's CASTools, package compiled with Sims4Studio. Meshes and textures modified from The Sims 2: Open For Business, The Sims 2: Pets, The Sims 2: Apartment Life and The Sims 4.

Very special thanks to scotch for keeping me from pulling my hair out, and a shout out to my perfectionism for making this take so long. Oh, and thank you for reading all of this. Here, have a robot cookie.
Tags: #Servo, #TS2, #Robot, #OFB, #SimBot, #PlumBot

Age: Teen Young Adult Adult Elder
Gender: Male Female
Clothing Type: Everyday Formal Underwear Sleepwear Swimwear Athletic Outerwear Party Wear
Clothing Style: Sci-Fi
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Full Outfit

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Servo.zip 16.02 MB 20,139 25th Dec 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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#51 Old 13th Nov 2016 at 7:40 PM
Imma about to use it! Looks awesome!
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#52 Old 17th Dec 2016 at 4:17 PM
AWESOME I LOVE IT TY TY


#53 Old 17th Dec 2016 at 4:21 PM
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#54 Old 20th Dec 2016 at 8:44 PM
I really really love this mod...I have a hate hate affair with townie sims, having a huge chunk of non townies of my own design, and I'm always trying to find ways to combat how much they irritate me, especially in their constant growing numbers. But when they all look like servos, which all 70 of them or so now do, they are much less annoying since it's hard to tell who's who, and are actually kind of fun to have around because of their looks. One little issue, though. Although they seem to stay in their suits most of the time, when one is a headliner dj, they switch to that work costume. Don't know if anything can be done about it, but just thought I'd mention it. Thanks for the great mod no matter what!
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#55 Old 25th Dec 2016 at 9:13 PM
That's weird, I've never had that problem before - then again, I've never really managed to make NPCs into Servos, when I exit CAS the NPC flag seems to be cleared so I'm left with just a plain old homeless sim. I'll look into that, definitely shouldn't be happening - only thing I can think of is that the uniform for headliner DJs includes some kind of skin detail or something.

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#56 Old 8th Jan 2017 at 7:16 PM
how do you get the servo to work? its just hunched over in the corner in my game???
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#57 Old 8th Jan 2017 at 8:11 PM
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how do you get the servo to work? its just hunched over in the corner in my game???

That's just the decorative version.
If you read through the post fully you will see that these are all CAS parts for you to dress a Sim to LOOK like a servo. The decorative one is mostly for set dressing and story telling screenshots.

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#58 Old 10th Jan 2017 at 9:55 PM
WOW! This is what I call a CLASSIC! ♥ TY!!
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#59 Old 22nd Jan 2017 at 2:21 AM
I LOVE IT!!! I sort of made a robot and have it in my household with the needs cheat on to make it kinda realistic. Thank you sm for this!
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#60 Old 25th Jan 2017 at 12:08 PM
FAB!!!!
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#61 Old 15th Feb 2017 at 6:37 PM
dammit what an awesome idea just wow
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#62 Old 14th Mar 2017 at 11:07 PM
Thank you
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#63 Old 5th Apr 2017 at 9:50 AM
PLS ADDDDD MORE LOVE THIS MOD ITS MY MUST MOD SO PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ADDDDDDDDDD MORE LIKE FARTING ROBOTS
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#64 Old 18th Apr 2017 at 7:26 PM
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!! I NEED IT IN MY LIFE!!!!!!
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#65 Old 24th Apr 2017 at 7:35 AM
So amazing!!!!!:)
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#66 Old 22nd Jun 2017 at 12:44 AM
I think by the staff activity, and comments on this thread, that it's clear we're aware of and have discussed both mods. As plasticbox said a few pages ago, Esmeralda's mod and this mod are conversions of the same EA object done in different ways. No one stole anything. Rehashing the same argument and continual bickering is just silly. Please stop, all of you. Let's not require Delphy getting involved, again.

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