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TESTERS WANTED – New videogame: Halo 2 **UPDATED 3Mar05**

by raquelcesar Posted 2nd Mar 2005 at 2:39 AM - Updated 4th Apr 2005 at 9:11 PM by raquelcesar : updated
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3 Mar 2005 - UPDATE - I just figured out how to link the “Halo 2” displays to the original ones making them borrow just some of the original parts and using their own textures for the others. Now the “Halo 2” displays will use the original surfaces but still will show the “Halo 2” game case. In this way all the recolours made to the original displays will be automatically available for these new displays.
I updated the exe file and also uploaded a zip file containing only the modified packages. If you have already downloaded the exe file you only need to download the new packages and put them in your download folder, replacing the older packages there.

I've been working on this for quite some time now and finally decided to release it. Besides the video game, I created two other new objects: a display rack and a display counter. The reason for doing these is that the video games that are available in the game are hard coded in the displays. So, I had to edit the bhavs in order for the new video to be available for purchase.

The reason for not releasing these objects earlier is that their installation is a rather tricky process, involving several steps. So, I decided building an installation application that would make all the process automatic. This application file will do the following:

1. Copy 3 packages to your downloads folder: rc_DisplayRackVideoGames.package, rc_DisplayRackVideoGamesCounter.package and rc_VideoGame_CD_Halo2.package.

2. Make a backup copy of the configuration file esrb.ini, located on the folder $INSTDIR\TSData\Res\Movies\Games\INI, where $INSTDIR stands for the game’s installation directory; copy to that same folder 2 new configuration files: halo2.ini and the modified ersb.ini. These configuration files will "tell" the game what movies to play and where to find them.

3. Copy the movie bungiegames.avi to the folder $INSTDIR\TSData\Res\Movies\Games \esrb.

4. Create the folder $INSTDIR\TSData\Res\Movies\Games\HALO2 and put there 6 movies: halo2_attract.avi, halo2_intro.avi, halo2_p1win.avi, halo2_p1lose.avi, halo2_p2win.avi, halo2_p2lose.avi.

You'll notice that when you run the game for the first time after the installation it creates the new folder halo2 in ...\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Movies\Games.

As you see, the installation of this object is not easy, and involves some delicate aspects (I really don't like to mess with the game installation directory and think that is not a good practice). So, I completely understand if you don’t want to install the videogame. However, if you do decide to give it a try, please tell me if everything works fine.

Credits for this object also go to Todd, who recorded some game footage that I edited to produce the movies for the videogame. Thank you, Todd!

Note: the installation application will not change anything in your Windows Registry but it will look into it to find where the game files are located.

http://forums.modthesims2.com/attac...achmentid=38696

http://forums.modthesims2.com/attac...achmentid=38697

http://forums.modthesims2.com/attac...achmentid=38698

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
newDisplays.zip

Size: 119.5 KB · Downloads: 11,279 · 3rd Mar 2005
119.5 KB 11,279 3rd Mar 2005
halo2.zip

Size: 7.92 MB · Downloads: 14,077 · 3rd Mar 2005
7.92 MB 14,077 3rd Mar 2005
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
Original Poster
#2 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 2:47 AM
I created new textures for the new video game and displays, but I had never done nothing like this and I suspect it will take me some more time to be any good at skinning. So, I apologize for the bad results. For instance if you look closer to the display rack you will notice that for some of the videogame cases the front image doesn’t correspond to the side image. To correct this problem I think would have to remap the UV coordinates for the textures and I don't know yet how I to do this. So, if anyone is willing to re-texture the objects, please, be my guest.
Test Subject
#3 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 2:57 AM
Thanks! Very cool..off to test it. I've been making make a RTCW mod..lol
Test Subject
#4 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 3:40 AM
that's awesome man, I've been waiting for this ever since I dled the x-box! THANKS!
Test Subject
#5 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 3:44 AM
Could you do a Invader Zim game (images can be used in to create the video files-badbadrubberpiggy.com/caps)?
Test Subject
#6 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 3:56 AM
Hey, I did everything you told me to but it doesn't work.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#7 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:04 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fable
Hey, I did everything you told me to but it doesn't work.


Fable, what id you do exactly? he zip file I attached only includes an exe file that should do everything for you... You only have to run that file.
Test Subject
#8 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:05 AM
exactly, but, the game doesn't appear in my game.
Test Subject
#9 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:06 AM
I tried it and it worked great
Test Subject
#10 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:07 AM
errgh.... hey, does the game only appear on the big racks or on both game racks?
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:18 AM
Very awesome Raquel, incredible work!

Works great in my game.
Test Subject
#12 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:22 AM
I tried it and it works perfectly, Thank you. :3 Now, If only someone would make a JSRF one.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 4:27 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fable
errgh.... hey, does the game only appear on the big racks or on both game racks?


Sorry, just went and did a quick test (you made be doubt I had compiled the exe file with the right files). And yes, the game should be available from both racks.

But, tell me, are you given the choice of buying the game? That is, do you see the game when you go to buy a game?
Test Subject
#14 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 5:10 AM
no, all I see is sim city 4 and sims bustin out.
Test Subject
#15 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 8:08 AM
very nice.I had started on working with trying to do this but ya beat me
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 9:48 AM
ooo will go awesome with the xbox!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#17 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 10:13 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fable
no, all I see is sim city 4 and sims bustin out.


Fable, the Halo 2 game will only be available from the custom racks I made and included in the installation file. You can not buy that game from the maxis racks! So, are you sure you are not trying to buy it using the original racks? Perhaps that's the reason why you don't see the new game at all.

You first have to put one of the new racks in a community lot. Only then your sims will have the opportunity to buy Halo 2.
Test Subject
#18 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 2:55 PM Last edited by Jetdude14 : 2nd Mar 2005 at 3:12 PM. Reason: Wanted to ask about games
Ooooh! did you find out how to change the cover? 'cos i found a bit in Sim Pe that says something about Jpg/png/tga image files and it had the cover of the game in question AKA SSX3

EDIT: Wanted to ask, is it possible if you can make another video game? One would like to play Ratchet And Clank 3 on ones' PS2, and maybe then The Sims 2 it SELF!
Test Subject
#19 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 5:58 PM
OMG, THIS IS Bloody AMAZING!!!!

"Windows XP has encountered a mortal wound an needs to die- one very freaky error"- D3Hack
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 6:09 PM
can you give a bigger shot of the screen? like full-size?
Forum Resident
#21 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 7:55 PM
great work. very nice and i love halo 2. you are a true modder!
Field Researcher
#22 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 8:19 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by todd
Very awesome Raquel, incredible work!

Works great in my game.


Yep you waitin for a halo game in your X-Box... Now you have it !!!

:buddies: :bow: :bow: :bow:
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 2nd Mar 2005 at 9:20 PM
This is great! Thank you! Now I can realy play Hola 2 well my Sims can anyway.

Stay frosty, Squeaks.
Test Subject
#24 Old 3rd Mar 2005 at 12:49 AM
:mrpantha: Very Very Nice Job :smash: :Pimp:
Test Subject
#25 Old 3rd Mar 2005 at 1:38 AM
Wow... you made me write my first post... THAT'S how good this is. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Half of my life is Halo 2. (the other half being the sims 2 lol)

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