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"The Old Tree Swing"

by Targa Posted 9th Oct 2005 at 9:38 PM - Updated 17th Nov 2008 at 1:08 PM by -Maylin-
131 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
***READ BEFORE DOWNLOADING***

I needed an attention-getter to prevent redundant comments later.

I'm a big fan of houses and furnishings with "character". Plain-vanilla stuff just doesn't tickle my fancy, so I converted the boring swingset into this old tree swing. However, currently there is no way of creating a copy of the original swingset and making it into a functional new object. Due to either the Object Workshop, SimPE, or the original Maxis coding of the swingset, cloning a swingset results in game lockups, so I had to make this replace the default swingset.

Note also that the tree itself does not take up part of the object's footprint, and consequently is "invisible" to Sims. This means that they will walk through the tree as if it didn't exist (if they're going around it in that direction). If you have swingsets already in your neighborhood, they will probably not change unless you go into buy mode and buy this swingset. Once it's on the same lot as an original swingset the game will change the model for the old one to the tree.

All that being said, this is a fully-functional swingset, and the tree even shakes and bends when the Sims use it!

Enjoy!

-Targa

Regarding the file size: A little on the large side because I had to replace the textures with newer larger ones.

Mesh info: 832 Polygons

**EDIT** I have had a report that this does not work if you only have The Sims 2 and no expansions. I have changed the compatibility until either someone tells me different, or I can change the object. It's possible that the swing was "patched" by the Uni expansion and is no longer compatible with the base game.
Style:
      Childrens: Childs furniture or objects
Room:
      Outdoor
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.

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

Size: 1.88 MB · Downloads: 22,543 · 9th Oct 2005
1.88 MB 22,543 9th Oct 2005
Targas_Tree_Swing.rar

Size: 1.54 MB · Downloads: 23,080 · 9th Oct 2005
1.54 MB 23,080 9th Oct 2005
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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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Test Subject
#51 Old 10th Oct 2005 at 9:25 PM
wow kool it works just fine .//
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 10th Oct 2005 at 9:40 PM
Such a brilliant idea; I too hardly ever include a swing in my lot, but again this is so much better than the maxis one, and yes it really takes me back too...

The difference being I had a tree house at the top of mine...
It's a shame that you can't make a modular tree that you could have optional tree-house, plank swing or tyre swing....

It really is superb, It adds so much character to any lot.. thakyou so much for making it
Forum Resident
#53 Old 10th Oct 2005 at 11:10 PM
Thank you so much! Lately I have only been playing in my medieval neighborhood and I couldn't use the swing set because it was too modern. But this will work fine! (Eventhough it's not a hack, I'm putting it in my hack folder so I can easily find it later if I want the old swing set back.)

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Instructor
#54 Old 10th Oct 2005 at 11:31 PM
Oh man, I'm so conflicted! I need time to think about this one. *trauma*
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#55 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 12:37 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plum
Oh man, I'm so conflicted! I need time to think about this one. *trauma*


Try this if you still want to use the old swingset (no guarantees that it will work):

Place the Maxis swingset on any lot you want it on. Quit the game and place this package in your downloads folder. Now go put this on any lot you want it on. When you go back to the lots with the regular swingset, whatever you do, do not go into buy mode and drag out my tree swing.

When I was testing this, I went to a lot that already had a Maxis swing, and it stayed a Maxis swing until I bought the tree. I don't think the lot object info is updated when you install a new object. In other words, the game doesn't always search through every object in the buy catalog or your downloads folder to see if a model needs replacing/updating.

Of course, it may eventually decide to change models on its own...
The Quiet One
retired moderator
#56 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 4:03 AM
wow! this is great! i love it! :D

i've played enough with the Maxis swing. i'm glad i have an option now.
Field Researcher
#57 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 4:15 AM
Holy Moly that is way too cool! :wowsers:

As a little girl I spent way more time hanging out in the tree than I did playing with dolls (I also LOVED to bomb the neighbors garage with tomatos...but that's another story :err: !). I am going to have one of these bad boys in every lot in every neighborhood...heck maybe even two on each! Thanks so much for taking that piece of junk swingset that maxis gave us and making it something more creative and fun, not to mention pleasing to the eyes.

I so appreciate the time and talent that it took to come up with something like this, and then to share it with all of us.

Thank you Tons and Bunches!
~Karr
Test Subject
#58 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 6:17 AM
It's very cool.
I love so much.
Thank you^^
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#59 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 6:22 AM
All I can say is...WOW! Over 4,000 views and more than 1,700 downloads in the 24 hours since I posted this. Isn't it odd how such a simple yet down-to-earth thing can be so appealing to so many people?
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 8:59 AM
Thanks so much! I had requested some time back about an invisible swing frame so the swing could be placed under trees. I will use this one, though. Even in nice modern lots, no Simmie will dare complain! LOL
Test Subject
#61 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 10:49 AM
Wow that so cool, i luv it!
Field Researcher
#62 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 1:48 PM
Targa, I have woes! After downloading this twice I still can't find it in my game, it won't even show up/replace any swingsets, pre-existing or otherwise. I have NL but seeing as how it's EP compliant I'm wondering if it's conflicting with something else zI must have in my d/l folder. I don't have any other 'swing' items though, no recolours or custom creations that relates to said object. I'm wondering what the issue might be? Anyway, sounds like it's working for everyone else *sob* and I adore the concept, I'm just peeved my system/game doesn't seem to agree with me. Thanks anyway, and I look forward to more brilliant creations in the future. You're work is visually amazing.

And whomever had the idea about 'hiding' a pole inside the tree...? Awesome idea! If I can ever get this to work, hopefully soon, I'll try that! Man, you guys all rock... I'm so in-awe of the stuff here... awesome...
Field Researcher
#63 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 3:59 PM
Hehe, this is cool... always felt a little silly buying the Maxis swingset to satisfy the Wants of some Elf child... now they can have their swings AND their 'realism'... great work!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#64 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 4:16 PM
Ravynlee: Did you try actually buying a swingset? Sometimes the game is slow in changing the catalog icon.
Lab Assistant
#65 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 7:18 PM
Nice it looks like the swing my auntie has in her garden

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Instructor
#66 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 10:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Targa
Try this if you still want to use the old swingset (no guarantees that it will work):

Place the Maxis swingset on any lot you want it on. Quit the game and place this package in your downloads folder. Now go put this on any lot you want it on. When you go back to the lots with the regular swingset, whatever you do, do not go into buy mode and drag out my tree swing.

When I was testing this, I went to a lot that already had a Maxis swing, and it stayed a Maxis swing until I bought the tree. I don't think the lot object info is updated when you install a new object. In other words, the game doesn't always search through every object in the buy catalog or your downloads folder to see if a model needs replacing/updating.

Of course, it may eventually decide to change models on its own...
Alright, I'll do it that way and see how it works. If it eventually changes on its own I'll let you know.

You make such great objects!

And I saw at least one other person requested a tree swing with leaves... if you ever got around to doing that I would dance. :spin:
Test Subject
#67 Old 11th Oct 2005 at 10:30 PM
All I have to say is... WOW!
Field Researcher
#68 Old 12th Oct 2005 at 9:38 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Targa
Ravynlee: Did you try actually buying a swingset? Sometimes the game is slow in changing the catalog icon.


Actually just figured out my issue was not with this download but with my extractor prog WinRar. Has been adressed and though I feel like an idiot, I think I have it solved! Thanks for humouring me... can't wait to use it in game now!
Test Subject
#69 Old 12th Oct 2005 at 2:41 PM
This is fantastic! I can't wait to get Uni and try it out, Thanks!

Tat

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Lab Assistant
#70 Old 12th Oct 2005 at 7:40 PM
wowwwwwwww!
thanksssss

:d
Test Subject
#71 Old 15th Oct 2005 at 2:42 AM
Cute!!!
I love it

thx!
Test Subject
#72 Old 15th Oct 2005 at 3:12 PM
I have to say wow! When I first saw the screenshots of this I was amazed. As someone who can't make anything extra and is useless at Body Shop, etc, I am always amazed by what other people create and this is fab!
Test Subject
#73 Old 17th Oct 2005 at 6:24 PM
thank you! i've waited for this *kiss*!
Test Subject
#74 Old 18th Oct 2005 at 12:16 AM
I can't decide if I want this wonderful old tree or a tacky plastic swing. Hm... :moose:
Lab Assistant
#75 Old 18th Oct 2005 at 12:43 AM
I love it, thank you so much.
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