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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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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.

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Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - AL.zip

Size: 23.1 KB · Downloads: 7,104 · 19th Mar 2009
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Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - FREE.zip

Size: 23.2 KB · Downloads: 2,560 · 4th Oct 2008
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Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - BON.zip

Size: 23.3 KB · Downloads: 1,321 · 4th Oct 2008
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Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - SEASONS.zip

Size: 22.9 KB · Downloads: 8,192 · 5th Mar 2007
22.9 KB 8,192 5th Mar 2007
Jenflower - Homeworksometimes - BASE to PETS.zip

Size: 20.5 KB · Downloads: 6,726 · 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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Guest
#101 Old 5th Jan 2005 at 8:17 PM
Great Mod!
I downloaded this a few days ago, and it's great! The best part about it is that my teen Sims' fun level doesn't drop as much while they're IN school. It sucked to have them come home, watch TV to raise fun, do homework while starving to death, have them eat while they're filthy, take a shower with a full bladder, and finally send them to bed without talking to a soul all day!
Thank you!
Also, I've had no ill effects AT ALL with this mod!
Test Subject
#102 Old 5th Jan 2005 at 8:25 PM
Works great. What I like best about it is the fact that is distinguishes between my two child sims, one is very serious and does his homework as soon as possible, and the other doesn't tend to bother. It also gives some use for do someone else's homework (for the fun part)

Maybe for a future version, it would be cool if sims with points in Logic could do their homework faster and have more fun doing it?
Lab Assistant
#103 Old 5th Jan 2005 at 11:05 PM
The bug of not be able to get toddler to learn to walk is caused by the thinking cap, if the parent is wearing the cap while teaching the toddler walking then the bar will reset every couple sec

great work for the mod btw, im gonna test it out right now
Test Subject
Original Poster
#104 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 3:37 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by trudy
has this been changed? :-)


I haven't changed anything about this hack in a while. No one seems to be turned off by the speed of the homework completion, so I honestly don't want to alter something that seems to work well.
Field Researcher
#105 Old 16th Jan 2005 at 6:53 AM Last edited by Braveheart : 16th Jan 2005 at 6:56 AM.
The only thing I would like to see changed possibly Jenflower, is the message that 'so and so has no homework today' to 'so and so has homework today' so I can follow the little rats when they do have homework and watch where they put it. Please consider this if you have time. Otherwise it working just great in my game. Thanks for the mod.

I actually mentioned this before in post #32.
Lab Assistant
#106 Old 16th Jan 2005 at 2:03 PM
I don't know if this has already been mentioned but I had a hack where child sims would walk away from the bus before opening their report card. Since the nocheering hack has been updated to include this feature - will your hack work with that one?
Test Subject
#107 Old 16th Jan 2005 at 8:05 PM
I love this hack. All three of my sim kids have the "learn to study" so they get done with their homework really fast now when they have homework. That is about the best part, some afternoons no homework. It's closer to real life. I hated the homework every night maxis put in the game.

Good job.
Lab Assistant
#108 Old 16th Jan 2005 at 10:41 PM
i just wish there was a way to hunt down there homework without following them??
Test Subject
#109 Old 16th Jan 2005 at 11:10 PM
What a great hack! Thanks alot!
Lab Assistant
#110 Old 17th Jan 2005 at 11:00 PM
This is the kink of hack I love ( must be why I have like 90% of JM's hacks installed). It addresses errors and bad gameplay instead of just turning your guys into SuperSims.
Test Subject
#111 Old 18th Jan 2005 at 2:29 AM
Great Hack, but i agree with the one who said XX have homework today instead of have no homework.
And perhaps adding a feature like....i put my homework in the room i reconize to be my bedroom (1st .... desk) if not available the floor...
(sorry for my english!)
Test Subject
#112 Old 19th Jan 2005 at 2:54 PM
Thank you so much for this wonderful mod, Jenflower. Seems to work like a charm. Now my A+, yet very playful student, can finish his homework by himself in less than an hour without becoming desperate with boredom
Guest
#113 Old 21st Jan 2005 at 4:09 AM
This one works great. I have it combined with the "sometimes homework" hack and no issues so far. My Knowledge sims really have fun doing their work.
Lab Assistant
#114 Old 21st Jan 2005 at 8:33 AM
I've been using this for a while and it rocks! Some kids still hate homework but aren't so crabby about it. I love hacks that add some realism to the game and this fits to a tee. Thanks again.
Test Subject
#115 Old 22nd Jan 2005 at 6:51 AM
Well, this Hack is great, but only a few things:

I wander if you can put a randomizer so that one night a child/teen with the same grades, personality, and asperation take about 1/2 hour one night and up to 2 hours another night, depending on how much homework they receive.

Also, I would like a way to mod the bitmapped image so I can change the "handwriting" assignment on the child's homework to like a rhyming or even a math asignment? I would like to make it so that one night, the child has math homework to do, and the next night, spelling. Next night, reading.

On Teen's homework, I would like some nights to be doing homework on the computer, or even studying for a test. I would also like long term homework assignments that involve writing a paper for school that is due the following friday, or it tells you how many days you have left to finish the assignment. If the paper isn't finished, it explodes and the teen receives a 3-letter grade drop. So, a Teen can drop from an A+ to a D+! Now, that's realistic school.

Oh, and what's the chance of the kid not receiving any homework that night with this hack?
Test Subject
#116 Old 22nd Jan 2005 at 11:35 AM
wow cool been waiting 4 this 4 ages ;D
Guest
#117 Old 22nd Jan 2005 at 11:48 AM
Awesome..works wonders with my school sims...thx
Test Subject
#118 Old 23rd Jan 2005 at 1:48 PM
Thank-you, that looks really cool.
Test Subject
#119 Old 23rd Jan 2005 at 2:45 PM
it is really cool
Test Subject
#120 Old 23rd Jan 2005 at 11:12 PM
Thank you, Jenflower! It's just as easy to just download a "nohomework" hack, but this is much better. The game gets boring if there's really no challenge to it. That's why I don't download the max mood boosters and such and only get hacks that make the game more realistic.
MTS2 Hot Pepper
#121 Old 31st Jan 2005 at 7:37 AM
Cool Hack!!! Very realistic features - my sims now will be more addicted to homework )))))
Test Subject
#122 Old 2nd Feb 2005 at 6:34 PM
Whow, can you hack me one of those for real life?
Guest
#123 Old 4th Feb 2005 at 4:13 AM
Great hack, I love it. Works great in my game.

Just one question: do you think there will be any conflicts between this hack and the new expansion when it comes out?
Lab Assistant
#124 Old 4th Feb 2005 at 11:20 AM Last edited by conker87 : 4th Feb 2005 at 11:24 AM.
This is an excellent hack, I tried it when it just came out and loved it...
Makes Homework a lot more realistic.

Quote:
Just one question: do you think there will be any conflicts between this hack and the new expansion when it comes out?
As for this question, we really have no way to tell until it comes out. Maxis have been doing some testing with hacks, though they have found out that Custom Careers don't work with the new EP (Read About that Here). I'm not sure if Maxis have publish their findings yet, they should do though, the link should be posted here if it does...
Test Subject
#125 Old 7th Feb 2005 at 7:36 AM
this a wonderful hack, i loved using it, it made the game more life like for me my teens can get a job keep up their grade in school and the skills for the job thanks for this hacked it's just what i need!!!!

Life is what You make it!!!!!


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