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Picked upload! Dolphin's Control-This-Sim Hack (Updated 2006-03-26)

by dolphin26 Posted 16th Mar 2006 at 11:57 PM - Updated 5th Mar 2008 at 2:16 AM by dolphin26 : keywords
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This hack allows you to control any sim. It is similar to Morola's Mind Control Mirror, except there is no object to place; you can control the sim by selecting an option off of the menu that pops up when you click on a sim. This saves you the time of having to place the object on all your lots, and its more convenient as you don't have to select the sim's name off of an object.

This hack will retain the person type and selection flags set on a sim. This is especially important if you wish to control employees in OFB, because if you don't do this your employees will no longer act as employees when unselected until after you reload the game.

You can make also make a sim unselectable off of the sim's menu, even if that sim is currently selected. You can only do this for sims that have been made selectable with my hack. So if you use another hack to gain control of the sim, my menu will not appear on that sim.

So to recap, these are the new menu items that will appear when you click on a sim. They only appear if they apply to the sim you are selecting:

Control This Sim -- Will make the sim selectable, and select the sim you choose.
Stop Controlling This Sim -- will make the sim unselectable, replacing their person type and selection flags so that if they had a special role (like employees) they regain that role.

Note that, like Morola's mind control mirror, only one extra sim can be selected at one time. Unlike Morola's mirror, the sim will not automatically become unselectable unless you do one of two things: either manually unselect the sim, or if you control another sim you normally wouldn't have control over.

Update 2006-03-26: Fixed a problem which would cause "Debug - Social DL Test" to appear on some people's sim menu. (Thanks to twojeffs for a pointer on what to fix.)

Update 2006-03-23: Fixed a problem with the fallback GUID. This problem would cause an instance of the Maxis Social Download Test example to replace my plugin in the event you uninstall this hack's package file. Unfortunately, this caused undesirable behaviour: A couple debug menu options appeared, including one about a "super duper hug". Sims would also autonomously do the "super duper hug" thing. The latest version of this hack doesn't have this problem, and will nuke any Maxis Social Download Test objects it finds, as these should never exist in the game. See post #44 for more details

This hack is unsupported
I don't have time for making hacks anymore. This hack contains no global overrides so I believe it will likely be safe to use when upgrading to new EPs.
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Dolphin26_ControlThisSim.zip 2.0 KB 34,124 16th Mar 2006
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

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4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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