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Smaller Microscope Alternative

by Esmeralda Posted 15th Apr 2015 at 9:35 PM - Updated 15th Apr 2015 at 10:00 PM by Esmeralda
79 Comments / replies (Who?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
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 much smaller alternative to that horrible big microscope thing. It consists of a lab workstation containing a small normal type of microscope, plus a lab chair. It has a 3-tile footprint, as opposed to the default monstrosity's 10 tile footprint. It's found in the Activities/Knowledge section in Buy Mode, where the default one is, and costs 500 simoleons.

It comes in 5 colour schemes as below. Top: Red and Beige, Black and Turquoise, Grey and Black. Bottom: Blue and White, and a Hot Pink scheme for your more flamboyant scientists.



Animation issues: This item works exactly the same as the default microscope, just with a different mesh. It re-uses the default animations - I don't know how to change them, or if it would ever be possible to do so, so I had to build this item around the default animations and seating position the best I could. It was hard to think of what to do with the sim's hands dangling in the air with their fingers curled, alternating with keying things in on a keypad, and what I did was to add a couple of small 'display consoles' with 'keypads', so that it could it look like the sims are keying stuff into them and checking the displays against what they're seeing on the slide. I then put a bunch of office or lab-type clutter on the workbench to further distract the eye from the sim's weird hand movements. So if you're not watching too closely, it can look from afar like they're keying things into the consoles and turning the microscope's focus knob.

Also, please note that the sims will look very strange as they enter and exit the chair. To get on the chair, they hurl themselves towards it with their legs sticking out behind them at a humanly impossible angle, and when they leave the chair, they shoot across the room backwards. It's actually pretty funny.

How to place: The workstation needs an extra half-tile kept clear at the back of the footprint and at the left side of the back, as depicted by the red arrows in the left-hand screenie of the below pic. This is because the sim needs the extra space to perform the default enter and exit animations. Otherwise, they will wave their little hands and stamp their little feet. (Please note that I also couldn't get the front of the desk closer to the wall due to the footprint not cooperating whatever I tried - I got it as close as I could.) If putting more than one workstation in a room, the right-hand pic below gives an example of how a row of them can be laid out to make them all accessible.



I'm enjoying using it and it looks cute and colourful in use, as long as you don't look closely at the wonky animations:





Thanks for looking, hope you'll find you get on all right with this object despite the less than ideal animations.


INSTALLATION:
Unzip the zip file and move the .package file to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.


Polygon Counts:
2316 polys

Additional Credits:
Made with Sims 4 Studio, Milkshape and Blender.

Microscope meshed by me, workbench and chair modified from base game items.

Desk clutter converted from TS3.

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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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 10:02 PM
OMG, This was sooo much needed. I hate that gigantic thing
Test Subject
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#3 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 10:11 PM
Thank you. This was very much needed. Wonky animations and all, it looks good and it takes up less space, so I'm happy.
Test Subject
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#4 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 11:10 PM
A very much needed mod!! :D
I suppose there are animations for the Doctor/Scientist career that could be used, but I haven't got the tinniest clue how, so, it's a job well done!
Lab Assistant
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#5 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 11:31 PM
"Also, please note that the sims will look very strange as they enter and exit the chair. To get on the chair, they hurl themselves towards it with their legs sticking out behind them at a humanly impossible angle, and when they leave the chair, they shoot across the room backwards. It's actually pretty funny."

Not as funny as you explaining it hahah thanks we really needed this mod like no tomorrow good job !
Field Researcher
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#6 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 12:01 AM
Thank you for this smaller microscope! I couldn't believe it when I first saw the "micro"-scope EA put into the game. I always had to place it outside of the house since there was no room for it inside. This is a much better alternative. My sims also thank you in anticipation of one day having Seasons in TS4! :)
Field Researcher
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#7 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 12:05 AM
OMG! I love you for this. Now need to find post on another site, where a simmer WCIF. I too was searching an hoping for this. Can you do anything for the cup cake machine? Turn the microwave to an Easy Bake Oven of yesteryear.??? Thanks again.
Lab Assistant
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#8 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 1:13 AM
I agree with eightyfkneight, your explanation actually made me laugh out loud. Thank you for this!
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 1:52 AM
Thanks so much! I couldn't understand why anyone would want that huge microscope. I never used it, now I can!! Also it would be great if someone made the rocketship sized down. Maybe like a toy one or model sized but still gives rocketship skills. Thanks again. I love this!!!
Lab Assistant
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#10 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 3:09 AM
Soooooooo much better. Thank you thank you thank you.
Instructor
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#11 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 4:03 AM
Thank you so much, that huge microscope was so ridiculous
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#12 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 10:09 AM
Thanks, everyone!

Quote:
Originally Posted by cookniro
Can you do anything for the cup cake machine?

I'd already been vaguely thinking about a space-saving cupcake machine, will see if I can do anything with it. I can't understand why all these items are so HUGE in TS4 - it's like the dev team thought 'huge' = 'impressive', but it actually just = 'annoying' and '' !
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#13 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 12:18 PM
I haven't read the description yet and my heart is beating fast! Woohoo! Thank you so much, this makes loads of sense in an object, don't know what the sim's team was thinking on this.
Test Subject
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#14 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 1:19 PM
Very nice. Thanks a lot. Very handy for your average little study. :)
Test Subject
#15 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 2:38 PM
It is a very good idea despite I like EA microscope (mflaha55 for your information micro is not about the size of the machine but about the ability to see micro things).
I would use a smaller microscope but I would like one more realistic. You should take a look on scanning electron microscope photos to inspire you.
MTS2 Hot Pepper
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#16 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 5:11 PM
Great for new EP careers - usable in all three of them!!!
Field Researcher
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#17 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 5:43 PM
oh realy thnks this exactly the game the should real think about the nano existing system
Test Subject
#18 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 5:57 PM
Oh bless, this is exactly what I needed. Thank you so much.
Test Subject
#19 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 6:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Esmeralda
Thanks, everyone!


I'd already been vaguely thinking about a space-saving cupcake machine, will see if I can do anything with it. I can't understand why all these items are so HUGE in TS4 - it's like the dev team thought 'huge' = 'impressive', but it actually just = 'annoying' and '' !

Especially with the lot sizes... and limited lots anyway if they're going to have so many giant items they should have giant lots.
Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 6:18 PM
Eeeee! Thanks so much. This is highly needed.
Test Subject
#21 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 7:45 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faerithil
It is a very good idea despite I like EA microscope (mflaha55 for your information micro is not about the size of the machine but about the ability to see micro things).
I would use a smaller microscope but I would like one more realistic. You should take a look on scanning electron microscope photos to inspire you.



Lol chill! Its called SARCASM. mflaha55 was being SARCASTIC. Heard of it? Good idea on the Electron Microscope though.
Mad Poster
#22 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 8:05 PM
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Originally Posted by saphyredragon



Lol chill! Its called SARCASM. mflaha55 was being SARCASTIC. Heard of it? Good idea on the Electron Microscope though.


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Field Researcher
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#23 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 9:19 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH that microscope didn't fit in the small lots I couldnt have one at home in almost any lot lol. Plus the didn't fit with any decoration. Why would they do such humongous ugly thing totally out of reality? I mean why? Is not even funny! Thank you so much
Field Researcher
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#24 Old 17th Apr 2015 at 12:17 AM
Thank you for the smaller alternative. Its a tremendous space saving item. Love it!
Test Subject
#25 Old 17th Apr 2015 at 1:31 AM
Thank you for this
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