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Sinclair ZX Spectrum - With *Custom Sounds!* - UPD 04sept2007

by Numenor Posted 26th Jun 2007 at 5:43 PM - Updated 19th Mar 2009 at 6:52 PM by -Maylin-
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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.
SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM
>>> With Custom MP3 Sounds! <<<




04 SEPT 2007 - BUGFIX - Please redownload
Fixed a bug that forced the sim to briefly sit in the air when
the user cancelled the "Write Basic Prog" interaction.

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Jump into the history of computers! Let your sims experience the joy of the noisy beeps,
the flashing screen borders, the dreadful "R: Tape Loading Error"!
WARNING: the first one who claims that the Commodore 64 was better
will be immediately banned from MTS2! (jocking... )


FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
  • CUSTOM SOUNDS - Many objects claim to have "custom sounds" but they actually re-use Maxis sounds in an original way. The ZX Spectrum contains real custom sounds, in MP3 format! 9 game sounds + 1 tape loading sound are embedded into the package. I have discovered (after creating my ZX) that this is not the very first object with real custom sounds; but no one ever explained how the sounds work, and so I had to do all the work by myself. Of course, I'm going to write an article for the InfoCenter to share my findings...
    EDIT: No need to write my my article: anyone interested in custom sounds can refer to this nice Tutorial by Hexameter, posted some days ago.
  • CUSTOM DETAILED MESSAGES - Most of the actions, events and interactions involving the ZX Spectrum are accompained by funny explanatory messages: read them all and enjoy!
  • INTELLIGENT BEHAVIOUR - This object has been programmed to behave differently, whether it is used by playable sims or NPC's; actions and reactions are different, if the ZX Spectrum is used within a residential, community, business or university lot. I tried to give it the most "natural" feel and variable behaviour, so that you'll hardly get bored while your sims use it

OBJECT DESCRIPTION
This is a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K, with a connected Interface-1, a ZX Microdrive, a TS2020 Tape Recorder (with the original "Horizons" tape inside!) and a Kempston Joystick; for the best "flashback" experience, the ZX comes with a TV-set in pure vintage style: the Synudyne Fauno. All the mentioned parts are included in a single object, you just have to by the whole set from the catalog (section Electronics -> TV and Computers).
The initial price is 550§; but this is an historical computer: the longer you'll keep it, the higher will raise its value.

IN-GAME USAGE
  1. Playing games on the ZX - Click on the ZX and choose "Load & Run"; you have 9 different classic games to choose from. You'll hear the characteristic tape loading sound (there are few chances that you get a Tape Loading Error, too! : ) and will see the typical loading colours on the screen; and then the game will start. Other sims can watch the player, and improve their (and your!) Fun and Social motives.
  2. Creating BASIC programs - While playing grants only fun, writing BASIC programs gives fun, logic and creativity; and when finished, you can "Sell BASIC Program", and earn simoleons! The price you can get from your programs depends on the skills you have built: the maximum amount (1680§) can be obtained with 10 points of Logic, 10 Creativity, 2 Mechanical and 3 Charisma (this last one is useful when dealing to customers...). Please note that you have to build Mechanical and Charisma with other objects: the ZX Spectrum doesn't help building these skills. When you sell a program, read the letter you recieve along with the money: there's a special surprise that appears only once (once per ZX)!
    If a non-playable sim creates a program using *your* ZX Spectrum (i.e. the creator is a customer of your business lot, or is a visitor of your house, or is a student in your University lot), he will sell his program automatically, and give you 20% of the earnings!
    When a sim starts creating a program on the ZX, the program is stored on the ZX Microdrive, and no one else can use it to create programs, until the program is finished and sold. The programmer can't start another program on another ZX (on the same lot): in this case, you will have the option "Continue Basic Program" (instead of "Write Basic Program") only on one ZX.
    When a ZX Microdrive contains a work-in-progress program, the other sims can only "Format Microdrive", so to start their own program, but be warned: the original program creator will go mad when someone formats his Microdrive! Watch the funny animations that occur in such cases! And watch out for the lowering relationship level...
    Note: when a sim writes a BASIC program, a progress bar will appear over his head; that bar will tell the % of completion of the program, NOT the learning skill level.
  3. Community/Business/University Lots - The ZX can be used in any lot, and anyone using it to create BASIC programs will improve his Logic and Creativity (including customers and visitors). You can sell the ZX in shops, if you like. As said, NPC sims that sell program created using your ZX will give you a 20% fee. In OFB lots, formatting the Microdrives is considered a normal maintainance operation: customers won't like it, of course, but the relationship between the owner and the customer won't suffer.
  4. Other typical PC functions - The ZX is not a PC, and therefore you can only use it to play or program; you won't have the standard PC options (chat, email, order groceries, write term paper etc.)

GAME COMPATIBILITY
The ZX Spectrum is compatible with any game, from the bare base-game to H&M Fashion (and possibly future expansions).

INSTALLATION
Very simple! Just unpack to your Downloads folder. If your computer hates rar archives, use the Q-Xpress. NO ZIP!

RECOLOURS
The ZX Spectrum, and all its parts are recolourable; but I made it recolourable mainly to let you recolour the TV-set: if you dare recolour the Spectrum itself, I'll come and catch you!!!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & CREDITS
Many hearty thanks to Sir Clive Sinclair: an entire generation of computer enthusiasts owes him a lot! "ZX Spectrum" is a trademark of Sinclair Research Ltd.
Thanks to MJ Hibbett and the Validators and their lovely "Hey Hey 16K": I've listened to this song countless times while creating my ZX Spectrum!
Last but not least, many thanks to MaryLou, my favourite beta-tester! How many errors she discovered in the ZX during its creations!

REDISTRIBUTION POLICY
DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE, especially the Exchange! - See my profile for full-detail policy.

Polygon Counts: - 1802 Vertices / 1861 Faces




Rubber keys and rotten leads, RAND and RUN and LOAD and SCREEN$
Then five minutes fingers crossed hoping not to witness the terror
Of R: Tape Loading Error...
Tags: #ZX, #Spectrum, #Sinclair, #computer

Style: Retro
Room: Living Bedroom Study
Maxis Flags: 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
ZX-Spectrum.rar

Size: 1.27 MB · Downloads: 21,432 · 26th Jun 2007
1.27 MB 21,432 26th Jun 2007
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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Tentacle Of Righteousness
#51 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 3:12 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
So you were a Commodorian, Winter, uh? This proves that the old debate "ZX Spectrum teaches how to programmers, C64 teaches people how to play" was just a false querelle


Yes Indeed. I learned Basic and Machine language on my trusty vic-20 and c-64 at around age 9. Ah...the nostalgia.

Alt 255
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned
to a dead channel.
Test Subject
#52 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 3:20 AM
Oh, WHOA. So downloading this. Wish the maker of the C-64 object had been this detailed. XD

I only played on a C-64 as a gaming system, so, the Sinclair is a "Huh? Old computer? OOH SHINY ME WANT!" XD This'll be fun to make my sims mess with!
Test Subject
#53 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 3:39 AM
I still have my commodore 64, but i didn't have a Sinclair.. Now, in a strange way I get one Many thanks!
Top Secret Researcher
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27th Jun 2007 at 4:32 AM
This message has been deleted by hekkawhat. Reason: should've read, no computer functions (Great Product though)
Forum Resident
#54 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 5:19 AM
Thank you for this super object and taking the time to make it!! Now, of course, I hope you'll come up with some other oldtimers, too! Thanks again!
hexameter

PS. I know you are a very busy man, but maybe you want to have a look at this:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=235268
Test Subject
#55 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 6:52 AM
This is so cool! Thank you for sharing it.
Test Subject
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27th Jun 2007 at 7:07 AM
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Test Subject
#56 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 7:08 AM
thanks, it's awesome.

here's a little idea: how about adding an option to write base programs like e-mail agent (for e-mails), office (for term papers), etc to enable some standard pc functions?
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 8:07 AM
Thanks for sharing this great item Numenor!
Alchemist
#58 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 8:26 AM
I can´t wait to play with it, but first I have to go to work..... mmmhh, do I?
I´ll call and say I´m ill, my sims do that also a lot, so Thanks for this new toy!!
Lab Assistant
#59 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 8:35 AM
My older brother used to have one. He alowed me to play sometimes. My favorite game was called "Chucky Egg". It was a little hen that collected eggs. My brother made his first programms on the ZX Spectrum. He now works as a computer engineer.

Thanks for bringing back memories, you made my day! And thanks for yet another high quality domnload.
Not actually evil.
#60 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 8:36 AM
I love it! It takes me back to the days of Commodore 64. I'm not saying it was better, so please don't ban me. Thank you so much for making this!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#61 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 9:19 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by hexameter
I know you are a very busy man, but maybe you want to have a look at this: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=235268


Oh, posted on June 10th! That's why I didn't find anything when working on the ZX Spectrum
A nice tutorial indeed, thank you for the heads up. I've put a link on the main post
I still will write an InfoCenter article, though, because those articles are not exactly tutorials, but rather something that help people understanding the logic underlying a modding method. And of course I'll add info about the other way of calling the custom sounds within a BHAV, i.e. using the "Start/Stop Sound" OpCode (as opposed to the method used in your tutorial, that involves the ANIM files and the "Animate Object" OpCode).


Quote:
Originally Posted by kotekzot
Here's a little idea: how about adding an option to write base programs like e-mail agent (for e-mails), office (for term papers), etc to enable some standard pc functions?

Back at the times of the ZX Spectrum, the Internet was still "reserved" to few people, it was not like today; we didn't even know of the existence of email and internet connection
As for the term papers, well, technically a ZX could be used to write one; but the official ZX Printer (basically the only one used) was a small thermal printer whose output looked much like a roll of toilet paper: not very suitable to be presented to a professor as a term paper!

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.
Field Researcher
#62 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 10:22 AM
This has got to be the best thing i've ever seen for sims!!! Hats off to you sir! I LOVED the Spectrum! Thank you!

=^.^= Treacherous Kitten =^.^=

*Life is like a box of chocolates, sometimes it's squidgy & sometimes it's nuts, most of the time it's nuts*
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 11:40 AM
*Cough* doesnt the tardis on MTS2 have custom sounds?
Scholar
#64 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 11:47 AM
Wow! This is great... Unfortunately, The Sims 2 minimized right now. I'll download it once I quit The Sims 2. Thank you!
Test Subject
#65 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 12:02 PM
Very nice job! THanks! Long live the 80's!!!
Instructor
#66 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 12:09 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
This one took me a very long time... :P

All your hard work has payed off. You're an inspiration to us all!

Anybody who can make a Yoon Eun Hye Sim?
Test Subject
#67 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 1:42 PM
Fantastic, brings back many memories!
:smile:
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#68 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 2:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blacksmith2
*Cough* doesnt the tardis on MTS2 have custom sounds?


Sure, the T.A.R.D.I.S. has custom sounds, though it was posted a week ago, while I started working on the ZX back in April, so I couldn't know of it.
But I know that some other objects with custom sounds have already been created, I've never stated the contrary.
For example, I know of a Magical Keumungo created by FlyBy back in April 2005 (it's not a typo, really 2005!); and there is a laser sword, released in May 2005 by Shaklin, that also uses custom sounds. Probably there are more objects with custom sounds...
I just didn't know how to embed custom sounds in an objects because no one posted a tutorial about that, so I had to figure out by myself.

Now, by the way, there is the tutorial by Hexameter/Shaklin, mentioned above (posted in these last days) that can help people building their own objects with custom sounds.

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.
Lab Assistant
#69 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 3:52 PM
This is just too awesome...so creative!

And thanks for posting the ad for it...it's a pretty interesting read.
Test Subject
#70 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 4:31 PM
Thanks againg, sound fun I must get my sims to play it....
Test Subject
#71 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 4:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
a small thermal printer whose output looked much like a roll of toilet paper: not very suitable to be presented to a professor as a term paper!

That depends entirely on the subject of the term paper!!

This is a beautiful piece of work (as always) so here's a red dwarf quote to celebrate (sorry if you're not familiar with the show, but it's one of my faves) From the episode "Stasis Leak"

Holly: I was in love once. A Sinclair ZX81. People said, no, Holly, she's not for you. She's cheap, she's stupid and she wouldn't load, well, not for me anyway.
Lister: What are you trying to say, Hol?
Holly: What I'm saying, Dave is, it's better to have loved and lost than to listen to an album by Olivia Newton-John.
The Cat: Why's that?
Holly: Anything's better than to listen to an album by Olivia Newton-John.
Instructor
#72 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 7:24 PM
Great, I can have my Sims playing Rockstar Ate My Hamster. Fantastic!!!! :D

I loved my ZX Spectrum, classic :D
Field Researcher
#73 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 7:33 PM
The C64 ruled You didn't just play on it either, there were "office" type programs for it too... although the tapes were just as unreliable

This does bring back some happy memories though, thanks! :D

Please don't PM/IM me with requests
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