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AnyGameStarter v. 2.1.3 (for CD/DVD games) * UPD 29 Dec 2017

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2007 at 9:41 AM - Updated 28th Dec 2017 at 11:28 PM by Numenor
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod is NOT compatible with the Ultimate Collection
If you use the Ultimate collection, please download the AGS v.2.2.0-UC

Collection packs other than Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06 are not supported. If you install the AGS with any other collection pack, you will probably have to uninstall and reinstall all of your games to get back to a working state.

>>> ANYGAMESTARTER <<<
Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!




IMPORTANT - COMPATIBILITY LIST
This AGS version is compatible with any game and expansion on physical CD/DVD.
It support also Store Edition, Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06.
Don't use the AGS with expansions bought online from EA site, the Ultimate Collection or other game editions not listed above

The installer has been tested under Windows 10
(but should work fine with any older Windows version down to XP)
and must be run under an administrator account.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION
  • Version 2.1.3 (29 Dec 2017)
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the AGS to run in a 32bit environment.
  • Version 2.1.2 (27 Dec 2017)
    • FEATURE: The AGS installer now correctly manages both 32bit and 64bit game installations (while previously the installer could run under a 64bit Windows, but couldn't create a working Registry file in such environment).
    • The useless online check for updates has been removed; the AGS now does not require any more an active internet connection.
    • The screen resolutions has been updated to more... modern values (1024x768 / 1280x720 / 1600x900); Bodyshop max resolution is still 1024x768. In order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Sims2 not recognizing the latest video cards (search Google for a replacement of the "Graphics Rules.sgr" file).
    • The installer, in order to correctly manage some game configurations that include specific stuff packs (H&M, IKEA and K&B) now permanently renames the three mentioned game folders, so to remove any non-standard characters like "®" and "&". This won't affect in any way the normal "full" game.
    • Minor improvements in the internal code and the batch files.
  • Version 2.1.1 (9 May 2009)
    • BUGFIX: The "Replace" function didn't actually delete and replace the AnyGame1 any more (the bug was introduced with v. 2.1.0 and affected only the AnyGame1, while the AnyGames 2 and 3 were correctly replaced).
  • Version 2.1.0 (30 Apr 2009)
    • Introduced the ability to UPDATE existing AnyGames to a different EP configuration, without deleting and replacing the saved AnyGame (neighborhood, sims, downloads, etc.). The option is available only in Standard Mode (not in BGS mode), and only if the update is actually possible (see details in the "How to Use" and "Hints & Tips" sections, below).


WHAT IS THE ANYGAMESTARTER
The AnyGameStarter (in brief: 'AGS') allows to create a temporary test-game (and optionally a test-Bodyshop) including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course).
Typical usages of the AnyGameStarter include, for example:
  • Set up a game with few (or no) EPs, where to create lots with low (or no) game requirements.
  • Set up mutiple alternate themed Full Games (e.g. medieval, sci-fi etc.), with their own default replacements that don't affect the main game.
  • Set up an alternate game (with or without EP/SP) to play Legacy challenges.
  • Set up a game without Seasons, where to create functional CAS screens.
  • Set up a "base-game only", or a game with an unusual configuration, where to test an object or mod under specific conditions.
  • Set up a game with only one specific EP or SP, so to explore the new objects and features provided by that single pack (ever tried the thrill of running a game with only FFS, CEL and a Xmas pack? Geeeeez! )


HOW TO USE
First off, you have to download the rar attached to this post and extract the installer ("AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"). I suggest NOT to extract it to the desktop, so to avoid an eccessive clutter: better put the installer in a folder somewhere on your hard disk.
When done, double-click on the "AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"; you need to double-click on the installer only once: the very first time you run the installer, it will check if your Registry holds the correct path to the Documents folder, and will update all the existing AGS and BGS games making them compatible with Mansion & Garden (if you have it). Then, the installer will create two icons on your desktop:



You won't see any activity from the installer (apparently it doesn't even start...), but you will see the two new icons on your desktop. From this moment on, use the two icons tu run the AGS:
  • use the "Standard" icon to run the normal AnyGameStarter. Click the button below to know more.

  • use the "BGS Mode" icon to activate the special BaseGameStarter operating mode. Click the button below to know more.


Either mode you choose (Standard or BGS), the installer will let you - in addition to create new games - to delete existing games or making them permanent.

NOTE: the AGS installer must be run using an administrator account (the same used to install the full game).

HINTS & TIPS / F.A.Q.
Questions? Doubts? Problems? Click the button below!



HOW TO UNINSTALL
You can either use the Add/Remove Program panel, or run again the AGS installer and choose the option "Delete existing AnyGames" (and then select all the games). When you delete the last mini-game, the AGS is automatically uninstalled anyway.
NOTE: uninstalling the AGS will delete the three AGS games; neither the Full Game nor the PermaGames will be deleted.


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks a million to MaryLou for creating most of the icons and the community lot included in the mini-game.
The AGS installer has been created using Inno Setup, the ISTool user interface and a lot of self-learned Pascal coding -


CHANGELOG and HISTORY
It's a long story, but if you're interested, click the button!

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers 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
AnyGameStarter_Setup_2.1.3_x32-x64.zip | Version 2.1.3 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (32bit and 64bit systems)

Size: 2.23 MB · Downloads: 1,844 · 28th Dec 2017
2.23 MB 1,844 28th Dec 2017
AnyGameStarter_Setup.zip | Version 2.1.1 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (DEPRECATED, but still working with 32bit systems)

Size: 2.05 MB · Downloads: 20,522 · 14th Mar 2009
2.05 MB 20,522 14th Mar 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
#551 Old 20th Aug 2018 at 5:57 PM
Default Wrong Disc Errors
My EPs: Uni, NL, OFB, Pets, Seasons.
My SPs: None.
OS: Win7
User type: Administrative.

Comment under Properties for my "AnyGame1 (Up2OFB)" desktop shortcut says:
"Packs: UNI NL OFB
Game Type: Standard Game
Resolution: 1024x768
Language: Original (English US)
Game Sound: ON
AGS version: 2.1.2"

Hi. I downloaded this (the second file, uploaded in 2017) to make a custom CAS!, but, when I click on my "AnyGame1 (Up2OFB)" shortcut, I am told that I am running the wrong version. If I have the Seasons disc ("disc 1") in my drive, it says I need to put in the OFB disc (there is only one disc for this EP). If I have the OFB disc in, it says I need the Seasons disc. Swapping out discs and then hitting "OK" gives no result; the game process terminates.

I have the AppsFiles folder attached. The correct (full) path for my "Sims2EP3.exe" is 'C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSBin\'
Documents folder is "C:\Users\Nicole\Documents\"

Thanks!
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip AppFiles.zip (497.9 KB, 13 downloads)
Lab Assistant
#552 Old 30th Nov 2018 at 3:01 PM
Hi so I'm playing a BG AnyGame and it seems to load unptached version (given the fact that it says "2004" on the startup screen instead of 2005) even though I have patched it before installing the few EPs I have. Because of this, my game crashes when I try to load any of the lots of my old save game (which was from a patched BG). Is there a way around this?
Test Subject
#553 Old 30th Dec 2018 at 4:04 PM
hey, i tried to play with any game starter, but what is hidcon.exe?, my anti-virus picked it up and quarantined it. if you can tell me what that is, i would be pretty happy :D
Test Subject
#554 Old 25th Mar 2019 at 6:39 PM
long story short I tried using this to follow that custom CAS tutorial but I couldn't figure it out, so I uninstalled it and now my game launcher crashes anytime I try to open it.
Test Subject
#555 Old 31st Mar 2019 at 1:04 PM
Can I just delete a Perma game from My Documents? Or do I need to do something else too. I want to keep the rest, but one was made by accident.
Field Researcher
#556 Old 23rd May 2019 at 7:18 PM
The new version from 2017 seems to completely disable H&M, K&B and IKEA packs, since they disappeared from my full game after the folders were renamed. Renaming the folders to use those special character restored all the items.
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Lab Assistant
#557 Old 18th Jan 2020 at 6:11 PM
Yeah... this is my second attempt at using AGS but it completely fucked up my documents folder... I don't even know how I got that fixed, or what I did wrong to cause that in the first place, I just followed the install instructions incluind the part where it said to CAREFULLY select my documents path... after all of this, when I launched my supposedly BASE GAME anygame, it was a bg plus latest EP anygame (In my case, Seasons). I have no clue what I'm doing wrong... I really want this to work
Lab Assistant
#558 Old 13th Feb 2020 at 9:55 AM
From original post:
Quote:
The installer, in order to correctly manage some game configurations that include specific stuff packs (H&M, IKEA and K&B) now permanently renames the three mentioned game folders, so to remove any non-standard characters like "®" and "&". This won't affect in any way the normal "full" game.


It did rename those which made the game not recognise them at all anymore. I didn't wanna mess anything else up so I just copied said folders and kept one with the original name and one with how AGS renamed it. Now it's working fine again, just wanted to post this in case anyone else runs into the problem but didn't just want to change back to the original name.
All in all everything works fine with AGS and it is a great help in so many ways!!!
Test Subject
#559 Old 12th Jul 2021 at 3:27 AM Last edited by safreakingvannah : 12th Jul 2021 at 4:13 AM. Reason: line ran off page
Partial Fix for people who have unsupported collections
Quote:
Originally Posted by Citysim
Unfortunately this is complicated and I don't recommend it, it actually messes with your system path files redirects your personal Documents elsewhere which messes up other software.

If you want to change it run any game it's easy done manually by simply changing 1 value in the registry, for a 64bit OS just go to,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA GAMES\The Sims 2

Then go to the string 'EPsInstalled' and change this to whatever EPs your system thinks you have installed.

Example: If you only want to run the Base Game, University, and NL, just change it to

Code:
Sims2EP1.exe,Sims2EP2.exe


Then run the latest EP at the time which would of only been EP2, so you would run, Sims2EP2.exe.

Leave string blank for the Base Game only, and simply just run, Sims2.exe

You get the picture, this is how simple this really is.


You can use this method if you, like me, should not have installed this program but you must paste exactly:

Sims2EP1.exe,Sims2EP2.exe,Sims2EP3.exe,Sims2SP1.exe,Sims2SP2.exe,Sims2EP4.exe,Sims2EP5.exe,
Sims2SP4.exe,Sims2SP5.exe,Sims2EP6.exe,Sims2SP6.exe,Sims2SC.exe,Sims2EP7.exe,Sims2SP7.exe,Sims2SP8.exe,Sims2EP8.exe,Sims2EP9.exe

(do not put a line break between Sims2EP5.exe, and Sims2SP4.exe, I needed to do that so the message wouldn't run off the page)

Remove which ones you don't actually own, this is if you own everything. Putting it in another order will not let the game recognize the EPs.

This hasn't solved all of my problems, Sims 2 does not recognize some files as the locations for my game data; the game loads and evidently recognizes my CC (I get a notification about it) but no neighborhoods appear.

I am at least able to uninstall the game now, and re-installing might fix whatever issue this is, but does anyone have suggestions on correcting this?
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