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Pond Water Mod - new colors

by Targa Posted 20th Oct 2005 at 9:13 PM - Updated 15th Mar 2007 at 9:45 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.

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Targas_Pond_Water_mod.zip

Size: 18.7 KB · Downloads: 8,709 · 20th Oct 2005
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Targas_Pond_Water_mod.rar

Size: 15.5 KB · Downloads: 13,454 · 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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Test Subject
#2 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:23 PM
That is one awesome mod you made! The new colors are cool! AWESOME!

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#3 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:24 PM
They are a tremendous improvement on what we have now! I think I like the grey one because it looks like it's reflecting the sky.

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
Test Subject
#4 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:28 PM
Thank you!! :bow2: It looks really great!!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:29 PM
I love them! especially the green one, its great for making a swampy surrounding.
you just gave me a new idea for my haunted house ^_^

Thank you for all the time and efoart you put in to this!


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Original Poster
#6 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Inge Jones
They are a tremendous improvement on what we have now! I think I like the grey one because it looks like it's reflecting the sky.


Inge, I'm not going to forget your original request.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:48 PM
Thanks oh so much love the colors. They are a welcomed relief from the same ole drab pond
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#8 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:03 PM
Targa- FANTASTIC job. This is wonderful for those of us who are stuck with brown ponds lol.

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#9 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:05 PM
Now I need to play a house with a pond so I can see the pretty colors. Thanks, Targa! :D
Field Researcher
#10 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:13 PM
WOW!I love this mod! I think is one of those things everyone is tired of, the yucky water Maxis programed us with! I love it! U are the best! Thanx

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#11 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:13 PM
This is amazing Targa

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Scholar
#12 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:17 PM
thankyou for the beautiful colors, these are fabulous!
xo
One horse disagreer of the Apocalypse
#13 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:30 PM
Who has brown ponds? Mine are usually bright fluorescent blue!

"You can do refraction by raymarching through the depth buffer" (c. Reddeyfish 2017)
Test Subject
#14 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 10:38 PM
Thank you so much ! My water was red and now it's blue !
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#15 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 11:20 PM
It would be so cool if the pond water was color enabled

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Lab Assistant
#16 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 11:31 PM
Wow, this really adds diversity, Thanx)
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#17 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by unwanted03
Thank you so much ! My water was red and now it's blue !


Did you have another hack to make it red?

Another good job Targa. :D
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#18 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 11:54 PM
Red pond water is an issue with a graphics card that doesnt support that part of the game properly,

Ive just got back from testing and I had to thank you again. It works fantastically and without a hitch. Thanks so much.

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#19 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 11:58 PM
Instructor
#20 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 12:00 AM Last edited by tylersada : 28th Oct 2005 at 12:06 PM.
great job. Thank you, Thank you.


I thought I would let you know this is just beautiful in the game. I like it much better than the default Maxi version. Thanking you again.

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Original Poster
#21 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 12:04 AM Last edited by Targa : 21st Oct 2005 at 12:13 AM.
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Originally Posted by LyricLee
Red pond water is an issue with a graphics card that doesnt support that part of the game properly,

Ive just got back from testing and I had to thank you again. It works fantastically and without a hitch. Thanks so much.


You're welcome. I wasn't aware of this problem with some graphics cards not being able to render the lot water properly. This means that if you try to use the "Ice" water, it also may not render properly (because it uses the same rendering values as the original water). The other water colors, as you've noted, shouldn't be a problem for any graphics card made in the last 10 years or so. Glad I was able to help with that, even though I didn't know about it!

-T

Edit: Just out of curiosity, does anyone who had the "brown/red water problem" know if their video card is a GeForce2 - based card?
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 12:44 AM Last edited by sages_mommy : 21st Oct 2005 at 3:22 AM.
Quote:
Edit: Just out of curiosity, does anyone who had the "brown/red water problem" know if their video card is a GeForce2 - based card?


I've got a NVIDIA Vanta LT, if that helps. I used to have to delete ponds from all premade houses. Thanks sooo much for this! (Even if it was an accident)



Scratch what I said about my video card... that's what the "Display" screen says, but if you check the advanced display options, it says that chip type is unknown... will have to write a grouchy email to NVIDIA to get it all settled. I know for a fact it can't be a "Vanta", as that names nowhere to be found on their site. :mad:

Anyways, thanks again for fixing the red water of doom!
Instructor
#23 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 1:50 AM
You leave me speechless Targa. Your abilities continue to amaze me. Thank you for the great download!
Test Subject
#24 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 2:06 AM
Default Great
I love the pond water. It is great. The color before was boring. But, now it is gr8. Thanks a lot. LOL and happy simming.
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 2:34 AM
These looks SO good! I can't wait to try them out. Thank you!
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