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Phone Animation Replaced with Listening Animation

by Triplis Posted 8th Sep 2017 at 5:17 AM - Updated 11th Sep 2018 at 10:15 PM by Triplis
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Moving Day

Hey folks,

As part of an overall effort to consolidate my mess of communication channels and platforms for connecting with my mods and reporting things to me about them, I'm going to be hosting future updates on my website, here:


I have no intention of deleting what is already here on MTS, but I want to redirect you to where you can find the latest information on my mods and download the latest versions of them.

The reason for this is one of time and headspace. As you might imagine, it's difficult to keep track of, and update, everything, when it's spread across Twitter, Youtube, MTS, the official Sims forums, etc. I want to be able to get updates to you more quickly and communicate with you more efficiently to reduce the probability of the experience of feeling ignored, or of an important mod feature going months without a fix.

In the past, I could get away with messy because I was more or less modding full-time, but I can't invest that kind of time anymore. Thanks for your understanding.

Please visit the website and bookmark it if you want to keep track of things.

And thanks for your interest in, and support for, what I do. It is in large part because of your continued interest that I feel it is important to reorganize, so that I can better manage my mods in the future.

- Triplis

September 25 2017: I realized I missed some phone stuff. The stuff included in teen idle animations. If you'd like that gone too, use V2. That should be everything (with the exception of special cases, like grim reaper using a tablet), but let me know if you notice other phone animations I've missed.

This is a (relatively quick) thing I whipped up today, prompted by a discussion about phones in this game and how some people (like myself) don't like how forced-on-everything they are.

It replaces the phone animations with the "listening" animation. The phone interaction names are still the same and so is the icon in the queue. This was just a quick way to get rid of the visual nuisance of it, if phones being foisted into every sim's daily life is something that bothers you.

If a sim goes to play phone games, it'll look more like they're spacing out. If they make a phone call, it'll look like they're spacing out. If they go to Find a Job, it'll look like they're spacing out and doing nothing. So very true to real life.

This should apply to all uses of the phone and it's all or nothing, no ifs, ands, or buttes (so no isolated hills with steep sides and a flat top).

Enjoy your weirder sims.


These files are overridididid...did.

Phone_Browse | S4_EE17C6AD_00000000_0000000000002DB5
Phone_Chat | S4_EE17C6AD_00000000_0000000000002DB6
Phone_Chat_Exit_Only | S4_EE17C6AD_00000000_0000000000012E34
Phone_Chat_No_Exit | S4_EE17C6AD_00000000_0000000000012E33
Phone_Play | S4_EE17C6AD_00000000_0000000000002DB7
Phone_Text | S4_EE17C6AD_00000000_0000000000002DB8

With V2, Teen_Idles Animation Element and Teen_Solo ASM are overrided as well.

These are Animation Element files, not XML files. Or rather, they are Animation Element XML files. Point is, they're not the phone interaction files themselves. Mods that edit the phone interaction files shouldn't conflict with this, unless they also edit the Animation Elements.

Additional Credits:
Wow! Who do I thank? Well, let me think, uh... what? I'm out of time? Ok.
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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Triplis--PhoneAnimationReplacement.zip 1.6 KB 550 8th Sep 2017
Triplis--PhoneAnimationReplacementV2.zip 3.4 KB 1,095 26th Sep 2017
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Tags: #phone animations, #phones, #phone hater, #ye olde communication style, #amish