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Game Edition addon (for creators/modders) *UPDATED to v1.1*

by dickhurt Posted 13th Oct 2008 at 5:00 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 4:28 PM by Nysha
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Game Edition addon (for creators/modders)

* Requires : The Sims 2 (base game)
* Compatibility: The Sims 2, University, Nightlife, Open For Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Store Edition, FreeTime, Apartment Life, Mansion & Garden Stuff, all Stuff Packs
* Modifications: Global (but needs to be specifically called by a modder)
* Hack Version#: 1.1

Update ( 04/08/2009 )
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1.1
- Introduces compatibility with Mansion & Garden Stuff Pack and hopefully any future EPs/SPs without needing a new 1.2 version (ver 1.0 only works up to AL)
- Using advanced mathematics invented by the Klaxxon Empire, optimizes EP/SP detection code to use less CPU cycles (meaning it runs faster now!)

Quick Info
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* Since some people are not reviewing my README file before installing the addon, I'll make this clear upfront. Do not install any test files from the embedded rar archives unless you are planning on making your own hacks. Those 2 files make messages scroll down your screen every time you move the mouse over a sink. They are only for testing hacks that you make yourself.

EP = Expansion Pack (usually new game code + objects)
SP = Stuff Pack (usually just new objects)

This is simply a tool that allows all of my hacks to be backward compatible with all or most editions of The Sims 2, from the original base game of 2004, up through the latest Expansion Packs: such as FreeTime / Apartment Life / Mansion & Garden Stuff. It adds global BHAV routines that permit any hack from any author to check which EPs/SPs are installed upon the player's computer.

Any functions that already come with the game are either broken or sorely lacking in functionality. So I coded my own routines to do the job properly!

Effects
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This addon is the end result of my desire for 100% accuracy in determining which game engines are installed with the minimum amount of CPU processing power spent executing the checks, all accessible globally from any hack. That is the main reason for this addon. Plus, the global routine "Expansion Pack - EP(param) Installed?" that comes with University and higher is not a proper solution to this issue because it does not take into account the base game, returning false positives for many EP checks. In addition, it crashes when checking for "Apartment Life" on older EPs.

* Check out the readme.txt file for more information.
Tags: #edition addon

Operating System: Windows Linux Mac OS X
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
df_game_edition_addon_1.1.rar

Size: 8.9 KB · Downloads: 27,915 · 8th Apr 2009
8.9 KB 27,915 8th Apr 2009
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 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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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#26 Old 12th Apr 2009 at 2:59 AM
Just like you said. It only allows modders or creators to have their files be compatible with all the EPs/SPs. That way they don't need to make a different version for each separate EP. I think having only 1 file that works for everyone on any EP is best.
MTS2 Hot Pepper
#27 Old 15th May 2009 at 4:41 PM
I have all EPs and SPs so I guess I do not need that.

Currently playing Sims 4 full collection. (and fixing my mods folder)
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#28 Old 15th May 2009 at 9:33 PM
If you mean that you don't need the new 1.1 version, then yah the older 1.0 is ok. But if another mod says this Game Edition addon is required, then yes you do need some version of it because that another mod will malfunction without it.
Test Subject
#29 Old 4th Jul 2009 at 3:39 PM
I downloaded this hack because it was a required for the puppy, kitten and toddlers to go to a community lot. it worked but I can't stop the game base notification that kept popping up. so I deleted it out of my files but it still keeps coming up.

what do I do?
#30 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 9:41 PM
What "game base notification"? You mean the "Custom Content" notification, right? If you mean what I think you mean, put this back in and ignore that.

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Test Subject
#31 Old 8th Jul 2009 at 7:10 PM
Default the sink phantom
I did what you said but each time my sims go near a sink the message( the sims 2 base game is installed) then it cancels out all animation and actions giving to sim.
#32 Old 8th Jul 2009 at 7:25 PM
Oh, I know what happened: you extracted and installed the TESTING archives that were included in the main archive. Delete the stuff you extracted from THEM, and the sink thing will go away. Do you need to be told what was in the testing archives, so you delete the right stuff? The only file you need from this download is df_game_edition_addon.package

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Test Subject
#33 Old 11th Jul 2009 at 8:13 AM
thanks your a sim saver
#34 Old 13th Jul 2009 at 8:56 PM
You are welcome, Blackred7. .

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Test Subject
#35 Old 13th Sep 2009 at 9:27 AM
Default What does it do?
What does this actually do? ~either, does it install the other EP/SP you don't have? ~or either it just allows modders or like people who make stuff make stuff for that EP ???? HELP!
#36 Old 14th Sep 2009 at 8:34 PM
Sentoryu Raven, this just sits unused in your Downloads folder, until one of the author`s other hacks needs to know what expansions you have installed. That other hack then asks this hack to investigate, and this hack tells the other hack what it found. The other hack then knows what optional behavior to offer.

The advantages of doing it this way: dickhurt didn`t need to keep all of his hacks` game edition detection code updated individually, and didn`t need to re-upload any of them unless he enhanced them to actually USE new features of the new expansions.

Basicaly, this just makes it easier for his hacks, or other people`s hacks if they choose to use this, to detect and adapt to whatever expansions a downloader hapens to have installed.

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Theorist
#37 Old 7th May 2010 at 2:19 AM
Excellent work! The docs file contained in the archive is the best explanation I've read on game engine anomalies and version detection. Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#38 Old 16th Aug 2012 at 6:37 PM
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Originally Posted by GeneralOperationsDirector
Oh, I know what happened: you extracted and installed the TESTING archives that were included in the main archive. Delete the stuff you extracted from THEM, and the sink thing will go away. Do you need to be told what was in the testing archives, so you delete the right stuff? The only file you need from this download is df_game_edition_addon.package


Thank you SO much for this! I love your mods, but I had to delete all the sinks on my Sims' lots every time I played. Now I know why! lol Thanks again! :D
Test Subject
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#39 Old 7th Mar 2014 at 9:32 AM
Thanks
Test Subject
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#40 Old 9th Sep 2014 at 5:58 PM
its nice
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 30th Dec 2014 at 8:12 PM
When I downloaded this I didn't understand that the testing part was actually a part of the download file. I had to hunt for it later after I found out it was in the original file. Why does it have to be there? Are there that many who are creating their own hacks that it is more convenient to have it there? Why not have it as a separate file for these folks who want it as they are most likely the most savvy about this sort of thing anyway. Not being critical really. I understand why you made this file to go with all your hacks so we don't end up with several of the same thing. Thanks for your work. It usually makes the game more interesting.
Top Secret Researcher
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#42 Old 30th Jan 2016 at 7:36 AM
Thanks!I need this to take toddlers out with their single parents.
Alchemist
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#43 Old 12th Jun 2017 at 9:10 PM
Thank you
Test Subject
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#44 Old 8th Apr 2020 at 8:53 AM
Special Thank you for excellent explanation!
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