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Pond Water Mod - new colors

by Targa Posted 20th Oct 2005 at 10:13 PM - Updated 15th Mar 2007 at 10:45 PM by MTS2Staff : Added info about Seasons
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EDIT by MTS2 Staff: Please note that this mod is NOT compatible with Seasons.
Seasons owners might want to download the Seasons-compliant version from Post # 80, instead.


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This is a mod I made in response to a request from Inge Jones back in September...although now that I go look at the original request, it doesn't seem that I've addressed all the issues. :sorry: I'll look again and see if I can come up with something different.

The request was "Is there any chance you can make the garden ponds reflective and not so transparent so you can see plants and lights reflected in them? They shouldn't have that eerie blue glow night and day". Unfortunately I forgot what was said and it came to my memory as "Fix the purple-blue" color of pond water. Ah well. After four days of non-stop work to finish this, I'm going to go ahead and post what I have.

At any rate, I've made several different pond water colors for you if you're interested. Check out the attached screenshots to see the available colors.

You can only have one water color for the game at a time, therefore I've kept all of the file names exactly the same. To distinguish between each (so you know what color you're using), I've archived each color separately and named the archive the appropriate name (for example: "Pond_Water_Aquamarine.zip" contains the aquamarine colored water). The attached downloads each contain 7 separate archives inside them. The idea is to extract them somewhere, then extract the color you want to use. When you want to change colors, simply extract a different archive and overwrite the existing file.

Important Note
Due to the way lot water is displayed, and my non-expertise at doing this, only the Ice color will display properly when in Neighborhood View. All colors display properly when you're in Live Mode, but the other colors appear black in the N-Hood View. Currently, there is no way for me to fix or change this.

Also, there was no way for me to change the fact that pond water seems to have its own light source at night. Lot water is not rendered with standard lighting, and therefore doesn't get dark when 7 o'clock rolls around. Again, there's nothing I can do about this. I believe that if it was possible and didn't consume too much computing-power, Maxis would have made it work the "correct" way. That being said, at night these colors at least do not appear to "glow a radioactive purple-blue".

If for any reason (perhaps a very old video card) the water does not display properly in Live Mode, simply delete the file from your Downloads directory and the default water color will be restored.

Edit: Just wanted to mention that the Neighborhood Imposters (N-Hood images) are only updated when you make and save changes to a lot. So if you change your lot water and are wondering why the Neighborhood view is the same, that's why.


Enjoy!

-Targa

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
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Targas_Pond_Water_mod.zip

Size: 18.7 KB · Downloads: 8,722 · 20th Oct 2005
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Targas_Pond_Water_mod.rar

Size: 15.5 KB · Downloads: 13,464 · 20th 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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Instructor
#26 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 3:53 AM
Thank you, I never really thought about how ugly the pond water is, but now compared to yours it's obvious LOL, the only hard part is choosing the color I want!
Test Subject
#27 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 3:57 AM
Everything you create is awesome! I wish I was more like you, for you are truly wise and great.
Scholar
#28 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 4:19 AM
Thank you so much for this. My pond water tends to look more like the picture you have called ice, with perhaps a little more blue-gray thrown in. Where I live, ponds are a greenish color, because of the algae and stuff. This will make them more realistic. Again thank you.

Teresa
Field Researcher
#29 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 4:25 AM
Hey Targa, I *think* I might know the answer to the small problems you mention are.
Let me screw around and if I'm correct I'll PM you with something I've been working on.

- GunMod
Freelance Game/Software Designer
GunMod's Forums


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Lab Assistant
#30 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 4:32 AM
So does it replace the redglowing water for lowend systems?
Field Researcher
#31 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 5:28 AM
Thanks Targa! This is great!! I appreciate all your effort! I'm off to test!

Do you belive frogs can bite? If not, then you should, because they do! LOL!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#32 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 5:47 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rook_cheshire
So does it replace the redglowing water for lowend systems?


From what people have been saying, yes it does.

@GunMod: Let me know what you find out.

-T
Field Researcher
#33 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 5:49 AM
Ok, Targa, Open the Sims2 material.package and look at the following shader:

Maxis Material Shader: 0xCD7FE87A - 0x9C954B3C - 0x1C0532FA - 0xFF226023

I *think* if you modified the shader settings here that this will modify the "pond" water transparency, reflectivity , and so forth.

Sorry if you were already aware if this, just trying to help.

There is also another water shader in this package but I think it deals with moving water (fountains etc)

One note of the code that might be what you want:
# Material for terrain geometry that is partially or completely under water.

If the underwater terrain is slightly different then the "water color" will change as well.

- GunMod
Freelance Game/Software Designer
GunMod's Forums


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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#34 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 5:56 AM
That one is the neighborhood view water. I have all the Material Shaders extracted and have been poring over them for the last 4 days. I'll send you a PM, I need to ask you something anyway.

The reason I asked about the video cards is because the programmer at maxis who wrote the shader for lot water knew (or suspected at least) that it wouldn't work right on some systems. There's a comment he added to the code, "Does this even work?" lol.
Field Researcher
#35 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 7:05 AM
Lol Targa.
How about all the "Doesnt work for now" or the TODO's

- GunMod
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Lab Assistant
#36 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 10:04 AM
Thanks Targa!
I was sick of the ugly neon blue water!
Hmm.
If the ice water works in NH View, then why not take a look at what makes it work, and apply it to the others?

MTS2 rocks my socks!

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Test Subject
#37 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 10:51 AM
Hey, do you think you could change the pool water color?
like just the top layer, because mine is so clear you can
barely see it
Lab Assistant
#38 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 10:53 AM
I will probaly try this this out!
Top Secret Researcher
#39 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 12:39 PM
This is awesome!
Instructor
#40 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 4:39 PM
interesting mod. yea, pretty cool stuff.. thanks for your hard work

xD
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 6:48 PM
Ooo these are so pretty! I think the gray one is my favorite, too.
Lab Assistant
#42 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 7:58 PM
Great idea!Thank's! :salute:
Test Subject
#43 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 8:20 PM
Is it possible to do the same thing for tub, hot tub and fountains ?
Test Subject
#44 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 9:09 PM
wow...these are so nice..they make the ponds look more realistic..thanks alot..i wasn't thinking about it..but now that i see it..i definately want it...
Instructor
#45 Old 22nd Oct 2005 at 2:23 AM Last edited by Ellatrue : 22nd Oct 2005 at 2:39 AM.
Thank you soo much! I asked about something like this a really long time ago, and no one even replied to my thread... I am really glad to see that there really was some interest in doing this,THANK YOU- that glowing color was getting on my nerves...

could I request something a little bit reddish, as if the water had a lot of iron in it?
Lab Assistant
#46 Old 22nd Oct 2005 at 1:26 PM
stupid question. Downloads folder ?
One horse disagreer of the Apocalypse
#47 Old 22nd Oct 2005 at 2:03 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by angels1012
stupid question. Downloads folder ?


Yes. The full instructions are in the readme that comes with the download.

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
Forum Resident
#48 Old 22nd Oct 2005 at 7:15 PM
You would you be able to change the pool water color

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One horse disagreer of the Apocalypse
#49 Old 22nd Oct 2005 at 7:22 PM
Actually I quite like the swimming pool water as it is - for a swimming pool. Though it would be better if it didn't actually light itself up unless you put one of those lights into it.

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
Lab Assistant
#50 Old 22nd Oct 2005 at 7:48 PM
Hmm. Some pool hacks would be great. I'd like clear water, cos the water should only seem blue because of the tiling!

MTS2 rocks my socks!

<Inge> is the truth always "cool"?
<Inge> a thing isn't true just cos it's interesting
<tracyshayne> Hi, Inge...you talking to yourself over there?
A quote from the MTS2 chat!
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