Bad Gamers Are Bad Gamers!

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Uploaded: 7th Dec 2021 at 12:47 PM
Updated: 8th Dec 2021 at 4:06 AM
UPDATE (8/12/2021): I accidentally submitted the mod in a broken state but did not realise it - file has been updated to fix this issue. Please replace the mod with this new file if you already downloaded it!

This mod fixes an oversight on Maxis' behalf when determining whether a Sim is a good or a bad player of video games, selecting the wrong video game clip to play based on this error. This is the first mod I ever created myself, but it is playtested.

With my return to The Sims 2 in September 2021, I also started to heavily modify my game; and one of the modifications I applied was to add custom TV channels, custom movies, and custom video game footage in much better quality than the game offered.
This mod tackles the subject of video game movies in particular. Anyone that has ever placed custom movies into Broadcast/Games will have noticed that the game always requires you to put at least six clips in: ATTRACT, INTRO, P1WIN, P1LOSE, P2WIN and P2LOSE. While INTRO always plays at the start of a gaming session, and ATTRACT can sometimes play if the Sim takes some time to get ready to play, whether the other four clips play depends on a function in the game's code.
However, in a vanilla game, it's extremely rare that you'd ever see your P1LOSE clip. The reason for that is a mistake made by Maxis. If you'd like to know more about the mechanics, you can check it out in the spoiler below.

With this mod in the Downloads folder of your game, your Sim can now be a good gamer if their Games hobby enthusiasm is at least Level 5, or with the added difficulty of low energy, Level 6. If not, then they will be treated as a bad gamer, and the correct clip will play.

Obviously, as the hobby feature is needed to determine the gaming score, FreeTime is required for the mod to work.

Fun fact: The vanilla video games SSX 3, SimCity 4 and Sims Bustin' Out from the base game also have separate clips for P1LOSE that differ from all others that come along - chances are that you never ever saw them! Now you can! And at the same time, experience just a little bit more realism for your Sims 2 game.

Resource nameType nameTypeGroupInstanceInstance (high)
Player - Good Player?Behaviour Function0x424841560x7F0B2AE70x000020070x00000000

Obviously, anything that overrides this particular function. No such mods are known to me, however.

Maxis and EA for creating Sims 2 in the first place
The Creators of SimPE and especially the BHAV and BCON plugins

Have fun and happy Simming!
~ LimeyYoshi