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HomeworkSometimesFasterFun

by Jenflower Posted 15th Dec 2004 at 11:57 PM - Updated 19th Mar 2009 at 8:11 AM by Jenflower : Apartment Life version uploaded again after server crash
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
HomeworkSometimesFasterFun - available for TS2, UNI, NL, OFB, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, FreeTime and Apartment Life. Please read the installation instructions and select the correct file for your game.

January 11, 2009: The Apartment Life version is available. Feel free to download and test it in your game.

This versions is still considered to be 'in testing.'
I have tried it and it seems to be working without any issues. There is a chance, though, that I may have missed testing certain scenarios, so if you notice anything odd, please let me know! (This goes for the previous versions, too!) Thanks!

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My purpose for creating this mod was to make school and homework for the teen and child slightly more realistic in the game. Please remember that this mod does NOT affect Young Adults in college.

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MOD FEATURES

Homework Sometimes
1: My favorite feature...homework will only be given occasionally. When the student gets off the bus and checks their report card, you will then see a message appear in the top right corner of the screen ONLY if the child has NO homework for that day.

Faster
1: Students with an A-, A, or A+ will finish their homework faster.
2: The homework speed increase is dependent upon the student's grade. An A- will get a 1 point boost, an A will get 2 points and an A+ will get 3 points.
(Note: Maxis also already has a number of speed boosts pre-built into the game - I will describe them below in the 'MAXIS SPEED BOOSTS' section)

Fun
1: Serious Students (those with their Playfulness Attribute of 4 bars or less) will get a raise in their Fun Motive while at school AND while doing homework. Nerds!
2: Any student who is being helped with homework will find that homework is not such a fun-sucker and their social bar will also get a tiny boost. (Fun won't necessarily go up, but you will notice that the bar won't shoot down as rapidly as it usually does).

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MAXIS SPEED BOOSTS
For those who do not realize, the game already has some homework speed boosts built in. I have not touched or tweaked their numbers. For those of you who are interested in the tiny details, I have provided you with the information below. I believe I have covered everything accurately.
All Games
1 - There is a 3 point speed boost only when a student is being helped with their homework.
2 - There is a permanent 3 point speed boost after a student has learned how to study. (Check their memories to see if they have learned to study)
Seasons Only
3 - There is a 1 point speed boost when a student does their homework in the autumn (fall) season. Note: You will see fall leaves swirling around their head as they do their homework during this season.
4 - There is an extra speed boost if your Sim drinks the homemade apple juice before doing homework. (I haven't tried this in-game yet, so I'm not sure exactly what happens or how it works - I just know that it happens)

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EXTRA NOTES
1 - The fun increase for serious students does not begin until the little blue progress bar begins to rise. The initial few minutes of homework are not fun, but as the homework progresses, so does the fun.
2 - The student's grade will continue to rise even though they don't get homework. Grades are more affected by undone homework and missing school. Mood might affect this, too. Any undone homework *will* affect their grade. Make sure they finish all the homework they receive.
3 - For those of you who are curious, a Sim will usually complete their homework in about 2 Sim hours when they do not have any speed boosts at all.
4 - When all the boosts are available (Learned to study, Autumn, A+, etc.) the Sim should be able to complete their homework in about 30 minutes or less.

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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Download the correct zip file at the end of this post.
The "BASE to PETS" file is for anyone who has one or all of the expansion packs up to and including Pets.
If you also have Seasons installed, you must use the "SEASONS" file instead.
If you also have Bon Voyage installed, you must use the "BON" file.
If you also have FreeTime installed, you must use the "FREE" file.
If you also have Apartment Life installed, you must use the "AL" file.

Make sure ALL other versions of the 'homeworksometimes' hack are taken out of your downloads folder.
Save the and 'unzip' it with a program like WinZip.
Put the .package file in your Downloads folder.
(C:/My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Downloads)
Load the game and test it out.

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March 1st, 2007: I noticed a month ago that TwoJeffs decided to add their own features to my mod and redistribute it there. I just want you to be sure that when you come to me with questions about the "homeworksometimes" hack, that you are asking about the one I uploaded here and not the one they decided to alter and redistribute. Do NOT use their version of my 'homeworksometimes' mod when you use the one you downloaded from here. The mod here is the most recent version and the only version of this mod that I support. Thanks!

Thank you so much to everyone who has given their feedback!
Let me know if I missed any compatibility issues. Have fun!

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 2
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Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - AL.zip

Size: 23.1 KB · Downloads: 7,154 · 19th Mar 2009
23.1 KB 7,154 19th Mar 2009
Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - FREE.zip

Size: 23.2 KB · Downloads: 2,564 · 4th Oct 2008
23.2 KB 2,564 4th Oct 2008
Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - BON.zip

Size: 23.3 KB · Downloads: 1,325 · 4th Oct 2008
23.3 KB 1,325 4th Oct 2008
Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - SEASONS.zip

Size: 22.9 KB · Downloads: 8,198 · 5th Mar 2007
22.9 KB 8,198 5th Mar 2007
Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - BASE to PETS.zip

Size: 20.5 KB · Downloads: 6,729 · 5th Mar 2007
20.5 KB 6,729 5th Mar 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#201 Old 27th Dec 2006 at 8:39 PM
I've heard conflicting reports about whether this hack works with pets or not. I read in the list of hacks that do and don't work with pets (http://forums.sims2community.com/sh...44&page=1&pp=25) that the MATY version of this hack works, but I haven't found this on MATY.. at least not in the free stuff section. I took this hack out of my game until I find out for sure, but I'd be really bummed out if I could never use it again. It's probably my favorite hack.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#202 Old 5th Jan 2007 at 12:19 AM Last edited by Jenflower : 10th Jan 2007 at 3:36 PM.
Oh goodness. Sorry - this is the first time I've checked in since the Pets release. I'll install the game and take a look at the mod to see if it's compatible and let you guys know in a few days.

EDIT: Okay, it seems to be working fine in Pets. I looked at the code and tested it in-game and the messages came up fine and it seems to be working properly. Let me know if you have any problems. Have Fun!

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Test Subject
#203 Old 11th Jan 2007 at 2:03 PM
it's still working well for me :-)
Test Subject
#204 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 3:43 PM
thank you so much for this! I needed something like this for my teens go to work an hour after they get home. Or when ever their time starts for their after school job.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#205 Old 28th Feb 2007 at 2:08 AM Last edited by Jenflower : 5th Mar 2007 at 2:14 AM. Reason: Updated with an OOPS message.
Okay - the new Seasons version is ready for download (and testing!)
I have tested it in-game, but want to make sure it works for all of you, too!
Additionally, I have tweaked and added some speed features to the file for the "Base to Pets" version, as well. Anyone who has my old version of "homeworksometimes v.2" should download the new one I uploaded today.

I have also updated and added some extra info to the mod description in the first post.

As a final note, I just wanted to add here that there is another version of my mod that has been altered by TwoJeffs and made available on their site. They seemed to have changed some things to my mod and redistributed it there.
You must remove their version of my mod if you are going to use the one from here. This mod here is the newest version and the only version of this mod that I support. I just don't want there to be any confusion when it comes to providing support for my mod. I really wish to have my newest versions of this mod to only be available for download on MTS2. I hope this helps.
Thanks so much and enjoy!


NOTE - If you downloaded the file on March 4th before 8PM EST, you need to download it again. The occasional homework part of the game was coded wrong (my mistake). The correct files have now been uploaded.

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Lab Assistant
#206 Old 14th Mar 2007 at 4:09 AM
thanks for the update on this mod!

On a side note... what happened to your teen woohoo mod?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#207 Old 14th Mar 2007 at 6:37 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bain
thanks for the update on this mod!

On a side note... what happened to your teen woohoo mod?

You're welcome! Enjoy the mod and let me know if you encounter any problems. I want to get the second, alternate version out in a few days that will give the occasional homework message only when they DO have homework as opposed to when they DON'T, but I want to wait to make sure the first version works before I do that.
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As for my TeenWoohoo mod, it is now maintained, updated, cared for, polished, tweaked, etc. by the very talented and gracious Jase at the Inteenimator web site. My time became very limited a few years ago and he was kind enough to accept ownership of the mod.

You can find it HERE and in the forum topic - (kindly labeled by Jase) - named "Jenflower's Garden".

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Test Subject
#208 Old 4th Jun 2007 at 4:47 AM
The mod works fine for the first few days, but after that at least one of my kids doesn't have the option to go to school. I've noticed it usually happens with teens. I redownloaded this mod last night, but I'm still having problems. Any idea what it could be? I don't have the TwoJeffs version, and my other homework mods are listed as compatible.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#209 Old 10th Jun 2007 at 8:47 PM Last edited by Jenflower : 13th Jun 2007 at 5:25 AM.
This particular homework mod doesn't touch any of the code that sends the children to school, so I'm pretty sure my mod isn't causing your problem.

My suggestion is to run the hack conflict utility from simwardrobe.com and see if anything comes up there. It sounds like two other hacks may be conflicting.


EDIT: Thinking about it now, do you have the Inteenimater installed? If the bus is no longer coming for your teens, that is actually a feature of the Inteenimater. When the Sim is about 18 years old (I think about 5 or 6 days before they age into an adult), they "graduate" from high school and the bus no longer arrives for them.

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Test Subject
#210 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 6:17 PM
I downloaded the seasons one and when my game starts, a window comes up saying some of the custom content may not be compatible with the game and this hack is listed among others that I have....will try and see if I can fix that. and by the way, thanks a lot.
Moderator
retired moderator
#211 Old 4th Aug 2007 at 9:26 PM
This is great! Thanks for sharing

Formerly known as boolPropped
Test Subject
#212 Old 9th Sep 2007 at 11:00 AM
Is this mod working with Bon Voyage? I don't think I can play without it anymore...
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Original Poster
#213 Old 20th Sep 2007 at 11:09 PM
Hi everyone! Well, I don't have the new expansion pack and I'm not sure when and if I plan on purchasing it. My interests have taken me elsewhere for the time being. It would be terrific is someone can post some kind of confirmation as to whether it works or not with the new Bon Voyage expansion pack. (If I am not mistaken, there is a new routine concerning homework speed during vacation...)
So, if someone can confirm this and it turns out that the mod does not work, I will make it a priority to work on a compatible version for everyone - I just don't have the game right now to test it myself.
I hope everyone is enjoying the new game. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks, everyone!

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Lab Assistant
#214 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 9:00 AM
I'll be checking back, too

What a lovely way to burn
Field Researcher
#215 Old 11th Oct 2007 at 1:50 PM
Has anyibe confirmed that this hack does or does not work with BV?
Test Subject
#216 Old 11th Oct 2007 at 2:14 PM
HackDiff confirms there is a change in a routine:
"B 0x7FF4DCC2 0x1021 Sub - Do Homework - Increment & Exit"

So it's likely to create problems
Test Subject
Original Poster
#217 Old 4th Nov 2007 at 4:03 AM
Ack! Okay...I'll head out and buy the game this week and see what I can put together for everyone.

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Lab Assistant
#218 Old 4th Nov 2007 at 3:11 PM
Awesome Jen, I really miss this mod. Homework all the time ugh!
Field Researcher
#219 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 11:26 AM
I love this mod! I am going to try it with BV anyway, but I hope Jen is out there somewhere and willing/able to update this. I've been playing without it since BV came out and I just miss it too much!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#220 Old 24th Mar 2008 at 5:25 AM
Sorry everyone...I guess I am behind by two expansion packs now.
I know how it feels to wait for someone to update a mod...and I hate that I am doing this to anyone who is waiting for it.
I currently have a new 500 gig hard drive waiting for installation...this definitely has to be done before I even think about touching my Sims games again. *feels awful*
I will be back, though - I just haven't played Sims since last summer and can't get myself back into the groove. I am really curious about the last two expansion packs so when I get my new hard drive in, I'm going to see what I can do about giving it another go.

"That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas."
Field Researcher
#221 Old 29th Mar 2008 at 1:26 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jenflower
Sorry everyone...I guess I am behind by two expansion packs now.
I know how it feels to wait for someone to update a mod...and I hate that I am doing this to anyone who is waiting for it.
I currently have a new 500 gig hard drive waiting for installation...this definitely has to be done before I even think about touching my Sims games again. *feels awful*
I will be back, though - I just haven't played Sims since last summer and can't get myself back into the groove. I am really curious about the last two expansion packs so when I get my new hard drive in, I'm going to see what I can do about giving it another go.


Hey Jen, great to see you back! Look forwward to having you around again!

Toni

"If..." a TS2 epic about friendship, romance, break-ups, make-ups, misunderstandings, fights, quite a bit of silliness and a little bit of rock and roll."
Instructor
#222 Old 11th Aug 2008 at 9:21 PM
Yay, just what I was looking for! I don't mind homeworking taking long, that's normal. But character and grade making no difference is so bloody unrealistic. So, thanks a lot for this!
Test Subject
#223 Old 17th Aug 2008 at 7:13 AM
Does anyone know if this works for Free Time?
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