cyber_mouse: sorry, can't fix /that/ with a mod :p
This hack changes the name lists for Pets the game uses. So any new Pets will get names from my list, not EA Games'.
I made it because I already have duplicate names and really hate those: I have three Balins in my 'hood for example.
Since this mod has a lot more names the chance of duplicate names is far less likely.
Plus the names in the mod are all actual pet names.
Okay I'll try to explain again.
Whenever the game creates Pets, it uses a list for the names. This list has relatively few entries (88 female, 89 male names). So after a while as it adds more Pets, it begins reusing the same names.
This mod actually contains these lists, but I have changed the names in them, and added a few hundred more. So the game will use my list instead for Pet names, and since this list is a lot longer, the chance of duplicate names is far less.
All Pet names are drawn from the same lists unfortunately. The games does have different lists for males and females.
Interestingly enough there are also lists for Pet last names (both male and female), but these appear to be not used.
moonluck @ MATY reported a problem with this mod,where the "about" text somehow ended up in the aspiration text field.
I can't see how this happened, but have changed the mod so this should now become even more impossible (about text has been removed).
Even if you did not encounter this problem yet, please redownload it just in case.
I've been using your original live.package for some time now and was really pleased to have duplicate names pretty much eliminated. Now that I finally have Pets, I'm really happy that I can avoid the duplicate name problem with animals from the start.
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