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"CounterCulture" Modular Kitchen Set *UPD 20mar08*

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 24th Mar 2006 at 11:50 PM - Updated 20th Mar 2008 at 10:03 PM by MaryLou & Numenor : Fridge updated to FreeTime
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
"COUNTERCULTURE" MODULAR KITCHEN SET
by MaryLou & Numenor





IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ
*All* the attachments are located at the end of THIS post, but the description of the various elements are located as follows:
  1. Counters, Islands, Recolours and coordinated Floors -> Post #2
  2. Hanging Modules -> Post #3
  3. Appliances -> Post #4


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NEWS AND UPDATES
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20 mar 2008 - UPDATE: Fridge
The Fridge now has the FreeTime options "Serve Platter..." and "Prepare for Contest". The updated fridge is included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.
(Click image to enlarge)



14 FEB 2008 - BUGFIX: Fridge
Removed tooltip (this time for real! I swear! )
The updated fridge is included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.
Read details for this update from Post #4

09 FEB 2008 - ADDED: "Tower cabinets"
The updated versions are included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_HangingModules.rar", attached to this post.
Read details for this update from Post #3

09 FEB 2008 - BUGFIX: Fridge
There was an annoying tooltip, now removed, that showed up when clicking on the fridge.

15 APR 2007 - UPDATED: Fridge (Seasons - "Stock" interaction now works)
The updated versions are included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.
Read details for this update from Post #4

31 MAR 2007 - UPDATED: Fridge and Trash Compactor (Seasons interaction now available)

20 OCT 2006 - HUGE UPDATE!
  • UPDATED - Counters and Islands, all of them: PLEASE REDOWNLOAD (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Appliances: Multi-Fridge and Multi-Stove (info on Post #4)
  • ADDED - Hanging module: Hanging T-Junction (info on Post #3)
  • ADDED - Recolours: Sun (for top and finish), StripedWood-Vertical and StripedWood-Horizontal (for top only) (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Floor: Wood-Sycamorepearl (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Global Mod to fix the appearance of the Maxis CounterCulture counters (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Collection packages, to easily find the many CounterCulture items (residential and community collections)


17 JUNE 2006 - ADDED: HANGING MODULES (Read details from Post #3)


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NOTES AND LINKS
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If you like the "CounterCulture" Modular set, you may be interested also in the "CHEZ MOI" Modular set and the "WAY COOLINARY" Modular set
If you want the "usable corners" feature also on MAXIS counters, go download The SEP (Slot Enable Package)



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DESCRIPTION AND INFO
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The "CounterCulture" furniture is kinda boring... right? WRONG!
If you think so, it's because you've never tried our "CounterCulture" Modular Kitchen Set! :D

Your kitchen will never be the same, with this marvellous set of counters, islands, appliances and floors!

Here is what you'll never find in other kitchen sets:

  • [Pic1] [Pic2] [Pic3] You can now connect flawlessly counters, island and bar counters, without ugly "back trims" on the counters, and perfectly pairing the surfaces of the islands and the counters!
  • [Pic4] You can create fancy-shaped islands, mixing and matching the modules (Slim Counter and Islands, Island Top, and even the original Maxis counters) at your heart's content!
  • [Pic5] The appliances are coordinated with the counters, and they are really encased in the counter: no metal panels will be visible!
  • [Pic6] You can finally put small appliances on the corner counter, and make your sims use them!
  • [Pic7] Coordinated flooring is provided along with the set, in both Wood and Marble!


GAME COMPATIBILITY
The entire "CounterCulture" Modular set is compatible with any game, from the base game to Seasons.


INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
The "Collection" files are NOT to be put in the Downloads! They go in (Documents)\EA Games\Collections.
All the other files go into your Downloads folder. If you have problems, you'll find all the information you may need in this thread: please read it carefully before asking "Can you post it in ZIP, please?" And when you have read that thread, DON'T ask for zips! :D


THE "COLLECTION" FILES
The Collections do not contain any object: they are just a list of all the CounterCulture items.
Once installed, you can open the collections from the Buy Mode catalog (click on the icon that looks like a folder) and you will find all the existing collections. Among them, there is the "CounterCulture Set", that groups together all the CCulture items, including the coordinated floors and the Maxis counters.


RECOLOURS
All the counters and the islands borrow the textures from the original Maxis "CounterCulture" counter: therefore, if you want to recolour our set, just create a recolour for the Maxis counter. On the other hand, every recolour for the Maxis counter that you may already have in your Downloads will be automatically available for the whole "CounterCulture" set.
Only exceptions are the Appliances (Trash compactor and Dishwasher): they have their own texture, that must be recoloured separately.


POLY COUNT
Our counters and appliances are derived from the Maxis original: in some cases, the poly count of our meshes is slightly lower than the Maxis originals; and in most cases it is greatly lower than Maxis'
In detail, here is the poly count (for each category, we provide a range, min->max):
  • Counters: Faces 239->1411 / Vert 334->1510
  • Slim Islands: Faces 471->1502 / Vert 788->2577
  • Island Tops: Faces 108->456 / Vert 124->1093
  • Appliances: Faces 1165->1570 / Vert 1551->1964


CREDITS
MaryLou for all the meshes and custom textures;
Numenor for animations, usable corners and various "hidden" tweakings...
Maxis for the original CounterCulture counters.


LICENCE AGREEMENT
DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE
You can freely create recolours, and post them on any site, but DON'T INCLUDE THE MESHES IN YOUR RECOLOURS; post a link to this thread, instead.
You can include this set in lots uploaded to completely free sites (NO EXCHANGE!), as long as you grant credits to MaryLou and Numenor and you provide a link to this thread (not just to MTS2!).

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
CounterCultureSet_Collections_DO-NOT-PUT-IN-DOWNLOADS.rar

Size: 5.4 KB · Downloads: 15,269 · 21st Oct 2006
5.4 KB 15,269 21st Oct 2006
CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar

Size: 730.5 KB · Downloads: 24,776 · 21st Oct 2006
730.5 KB 24,776 21st Oct 2006
CounterCultureSet_HangingModules.rar

Size: 626.2 KB · Downloads: 23,385 · 21st Oct 2006
626.2 KB 23,385 21st Oct 2006
CounterCultureSet_GLOBAL-MOD.rar

Size: 112.5 KB · Downloads: 22,444 · 21st Oct 2006
112.5 KB 22,444 21st Oct 2006
CounterCultureSet_Floors.rar

Size: 241.1 KB · Downloads: 21,192 · 21st Oct 2006
241.1 KB 21,192 21st Oct 2006
CounterCultureSet_Recolors.rar

Size: 416.5 KB · Downloads: 22,931 · 21st Oct 2006
416.5 KB 22,931 21st Oct 2006
CounterCultureSet_Counters+Islands.rar

Size: 562.0 KB · Downloads: 24,392 · 21st Oct 2006
562.0 KB 24,392 21st Oct 2006
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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Test Subject
#101 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 4:04 AM
At last! You guys know what I want before I even know that I want it.
The ModFather
retired moderator
#102 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 10:00 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pinkypye1111
I hate to be annoying, and if this isn't possible that is fine, but I don't understand rar files at all. Therefore, I can only download zipped.
Is there any way you could make this a zip file? I would be forever grateful.

If not, thats okay too...fantastic idea too.


For anyone having problems with rar files - I strongly suggest to use the Q-Xpress: it's the easiest program ever created (Delphy has written it, so you can trust it! ) and manages perfectly RAR, zip and other formats, too. And it installs automatically the downloaded files in the proper folders! :D

Try it, you won't regret.
Lab Assistant
#103 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 10:20 AM
I just tried these counters and I love them. So many possibilities. I had always wanted more colors and things for those locker room counters but this is so much better. Thanks so much for sharing these.
Lab Assistant
#104 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 2:16 PM
:jaw: You're a star! :angel: These are awesome! Thankyou so much for doing these, no wasted corners, especially good for the small kitchens, my kitchens will never be the same ugly things they are now! :baloons:
The ModFather
retired moderator
#105 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 7:01 PM
Hold on! The "SEP (Slot Enable Package)" is on its way! It will enable the usable corner for *ALL* the Maxis counters and islands, even in commercial and business lots

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Forum Resident
#106 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 7:38 PM
Nice! Is it just the counters or more?

Anyway, it seems that pop-up notification for PMs is a good thing.
Field Researcher
#107 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 11:15 PM
I had been waiting for something like this for a long time. I'd always wanted islands and counters to be connected.

I will be happy to quit the game to get this!
Test Subject
#108 Old 28th Mar 2006 at 7:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
Hold on! The "SEP (Slot Enable Package)" is on its way! It will enable the usable corner for *ALL* the Maxis counters and islands, even in commercial and business lots


OMG!! that will PWN!! i cant wait to see that sounds wicked!! :insane:
Lab Assistant
#109 Old 28th Mar 2006 at 6:04 PM
:bow2: Awesome work guys ... Thanks :clap:
Lab Assistant
#110 Old 28th Mar 2006 at 9:51 PM
This is great it makes making my real house more possible. I do have a request sorta though I would love it if you could make sinks, trash compactors, and dish washers placeable on the island tables. Thanks for this its awsome.

Sims


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The ModFather
retired moderator
#111 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 12:25 AM Last edited by Numenor : 29th Mar 2006 at 9:17 PM.
Default Breaking News!
If you want the "usable corners" feature also on MAXIS counters (*all* of them, not only the CounterCulture!), go download The SEP (Slot Enable Package)

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#112 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 3:06 AM
Default Arrrggh
I ahve tried to install this 2 times, I have no problem downloading it and extracting it to the downloads folder, but its not showing up in my game, I do use IE and I have all the expansions, also using winrar. any comments appreciated. TY
Test Subject
#113 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 3:07 AM
Default Arrrggh
I have tried to install this 2 times, I have no problem downloading it and extracting it to the downloads folder, but its not showing up in my game, I do use IE and I have all the expansions, also using winrar. any comments appreciated. TY
Field Researcher
#114 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 9:41 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonvex
I have tried to install this 2 times, I have no problem downloading it and extracting it to the downloads folder, but its not showing up in my game, I do use IE and I have all the expansions, also using winrar. any comments appreciated. TY

This thing is really strange.
All our objects are custom, and show up in surfaces. You can see them in sycamorepearl (pink) not green icon, with a little star..... I don't know you can't find them....
Sorry for my stupid question: are you sure to look for custom objects and not recolors?
And sorry for my bad english... hope you understand :D
Hi
Mary

If you like my creations, you may consider to make a little donation to support my site and my modding activity.
MaryLou's Sims 2 World - MaryLou Sims 2 Forum (Italiano)
Forum Resident
#115 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 2:35 PM
have you enabled custom content when you got the warning and enabled the game?
Test Subject
#116 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 5:09 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
If you want the "usable corners" feature also on MAXIS counters (*all* of them, not only the CounterCulture!), go download The SEP (Slot Enable Package)


I can't get the link to work.
Field Researcher
#117 Old 29th Mar 2006 at 6:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daynalynn
I can't get the link to work.


Now the link on the header post to this thread is ok

And here

The SEP (Slot Enable Package)

Numenor will fix his post as soon as possible.
Thanks for reporting

If you like my creations, you may consider to make a little donation to support my site and my modding activity.
MaryLou's Sims 2 World - MaryLou Sims 2 Forum (Italiano)
Lab Assistant
#118 Old 31st Mar 2006 at 10:04 AM
Yet another brilliant thing. This game would not be anywhere near as good without you people making brilliant things for it! Thank you!

Miao.
Forum Resident
#119 Old 2nd Apr 2006 at 1:27 AM
Yes!! no more having to recolor appliances to match counters. YEAAAAAAA! Thank you
Test Subject
#120 Old 5th Apr 2006 at 11:20 AM
Ooh, very nice... I just wish you had picked a more interesting counter than the Counter Culture, but I'll most certainly take what I can get! :p

In case you feel like resurrecting the old red, brown and black counters (Mission something? The most expensive ones) from The Sims 1, I think this sort of counter system would be lovely for it...
Field Researcher
#121 Old 5th Apr 2006 at 11:52 AM
[QUOTE=chintznibbles]Ooh, very nice... I just wish you had picked a more interesting counter than the Counter Culture, but I'll most certainly take what I can get! :p[/QUOTE

Download the SEP package. It works with all Maxis counters.

Just a regular person
Test Subject
#122 Old 7th Apr 2006 at 10:34 PM
:jaw: CLEVER!!!!

Thanks!!
Instructor
#123 Old 16th Apr 2006 at 4:15 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whytewolfsangel
Amazing work y'all ... Just wanted to let you know that you can't download the files with Firefox due to the ampersand (&) in the filenames I had to go in and use the evil blue e (Internet Explorer) to be able to get these! Needless to say, I got them and got out LOL ... so if there's a download problem by others, this is why!

Out of context I know but I just wanted to let you know that 1st Firexfox ver. 1.07 CAN download those files and 2nd, get extensions for IE view from their site. I NEVER use the evil one.
Instructor
#124 Old 16th Apr 2006 at 4:29 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pinkypye1111
I hate to be annoying, and if this isn't possible that is fine, but I don't understand rar files at all. Therefore, I can only download zipped.
Is there any way you could make this a zip file? I would be forever grateful.

If not, thats okay too...fantastic idea too.

Get the Ultimate zip from www.ultimatezip.com
Its free and works even better then winzip. You can use it for both archived files.
Forum Resident
#125 Old 19th Apr 2006 at 7:09 PM
motherspet, the first one is because delphy had fixed the names a long time ago.
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