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Picked upload! Maxis "Lost & Found" #4: The Matte Sphere *OPEN CONTEST*

by Numenor Posted 6th Jan 2005 at 7:28 PM - Updated 16th Feb 2009 at 1:21 AM by Numenor : Added several Animated Spheres by Pixelhate
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
07 FEB 2006 - Complete renewal of all the existing Spheres + Added a couple of recolours.
After more than 1 year since the starting of this thread, I could see that still there is some interest about these strange objects
But these packages were created long ago, using outdated tecniques, and therefore I've updated and fixed all the packages posted so far by myself and by other users.

1) The original "Matte Sphere" - formerly brought to you as a "Maxis Lost&Found" - has been completely rebuilt: now it is a recolourable stand-alone object, and a new UVmap has been provided for the mesh.
2) The Gray & Glass recolour by RGiles has been updated, too.
3) The Man-Trap Sphere by Wes_H (not recolourable) has been completely rebuilt.
4) The most famous SuperSphere by JWoods has been updated and heavily fixed: now it's a complete and funcional outdoor lamp (it's recolourable, but only for the stand).
5) A couple of new recolous -Animated ElectricGlow (sphere only) and Rainbow (sphere and stand) - have been added.
NOTE: All the recolours are for the original MatteSphere only: they won't apply to Wes_H's or JWoods' Spheres (they are different objects!).


To see what we are talking about, look at the following screenshots; from left to right:
1) the Grey&Glass recolour and the original Matte Sphere;
2) the Animated ElectricGlow, the Rainbow recolour, the Grey&Glass recolour and the Original MatteSphere;
3) The Man-Trap Sphere by Wes_H
4) The SuperSphere by JWoods.

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11 Feb 2005: The "SHOW THE WORLD YOUR OWN SPHERE" CONTEST is open!

12 Feb 2005: added "Man Trapped into a Sphere" by WES_H
16 Feb 2005: EP-ready and completely fixed version posted (including the clickable area).

16 Feb 2005: added "Super Sphere" by JWOODS

15 May 2006: added "Urban Design" Spherical TV by Helloitsjoe8 (click thumbnails to enlarge):


04 Feb 2009: added several amazing Animated Spheres by Pixelhate (click on thumbnails to enlarge):
Broken and Shiny spheres Animates spheres, nighttime Animated spheres, daylight

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(Original post follows)

The Matte Sphere is a test object that Maxis left out of the catalog once they finished the beta testing phase. All its test functions were removed before releasing the game, so today the Sphere it's simply a decorative object (quite interesting, indeed). Now the package is EP-ready!

Credits are due to Carrigon, for having inserted this object into his hacked collection, and to RGiles for having created the translucent glass texture for the Sphere (I've slightly changed it, even though it was not necessary).

I have cloned and modified the ObjectData file, so that now the Sphere is visible in the catalog, under Decorative/Stautes (I didn't changed the GUID, because it isn't a different object from the original Sphere).
I've added a recolour for the wooden stand, as well (CEP recolour!).



Download files

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helloitsjoe8_UrbanDesignTV.rar

Size: 640.9 KB · Downloads: 4,978 · 24th May 2006
640.9 KB 4,978 24th May 2006
JW_SuperSphere_21505a_UPD-07feb06.rar

Size: 133.9 KB · Downloads: 5,999 · 7th Feb 2006
133.9 KB 5,999 7th Feb 2006
Wes_H_ManTrapSphere_UPD-07feb06.rar

Size: 165.6 KB · Downloads: 5,853 · 7th Feb 2006
165.6 KB 5,853 7th Feb 2006
SphereMatte_Rainbow.rar

Size: 2.9 KB · Downloads: 5,788 · 7th Feb 2006
2.9 KB 5,788 7th Feb 2006
SphereMatte_ElectricGlow.rar

Size: 26.6 KB · Downloads: 6,830 · 7th Feb 2006
26.6 KB 6,830 7th Feb 2006
SphereMatte_GrayAndGlass_UPD-07feb06.rar

Size: 89.6 KB · Downloads: 6,306 · 7th Feb 2006
89.6 KB 6,306 7th Feb 2006
SphereMatte_MESH_UPD-07feb06.rar

Size: 89.4 KB · Downloads: 8,237 · 7th Feb 2006
89.4 KB 8,237 7th Feb 2006

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The Quiet One
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#2 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 7:39 PM
Oooh, this would look so cool if someone can retexture it to look like a palantir w/ Sauron's eye.
The Quiet One
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#3 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 7:40 PM
BTW, Numenor, I kept on forgetting to tell you that when I watched the Return of the King extended (the extras), I heard "Numenor" mentioned many times and I was like, "Hey, so that's where he got his name!" LOL
Firestarter
#4 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:00 PM
It looks really kewl We need to make it do something, but I can't think of what yet.
The ModFather
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#5 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:04 PM
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Originally Posted by daysies
BTW, Numenor, I kept on forgetting to tell you that when I watched the Return of the King extended (the extras), I heard "Numenor" mentioned many times and I was like, "Hey, so that's where he got his name!" LOL


You guessed right (actually, I chose that nickname after having read the book, way before the movie - and MTS2 - would come out ).
Numenor wasn't a person, but actually an island, that lately sank down into the ocean. My Avatar represents one of the last Ancient Kings of Numenor.
The Quiet One
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#6 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:11 PM
... and I kept on asking my husband what the name of those statues were (in your avatar) and I won't ever forget them now... the Argonoth...
The ModFather
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#7 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Carrigon
It looks really kewl We need to make it do something, but I can't think of what yet.


I'm desperately trying to make a floor lamp of it. I've cloned it, edited the ObjectData to make them appear in the catalog among the floor lamps (I've registered a new the GUID for the "lamp" sphere, that I called "The Daily Globe" ). I changed the Global Data to Lamps globals and edited the Object Functions to make it turn on and off, added the right BHAVs and everything, and still it doesn't light up.
The ModFather
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#8 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:15 PM
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Originally Posted by daysies
... and I kept on asking my husband what the name of those statues were (in your avatar) and I won't ever forget them now... the Argonoth...


Almost correct. They're the Argonath.
The Quiet One
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#9 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:37 PM
Oops, I had spelled that way originally. I don't know what made me change it.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 8:51 PM
would be cool if someone made that into one of those earth globes
Test Subject
#11 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 10:31 PM
The glass one does not show to be in my game. Am I doing something wrong?
Oh, I do have the recolor enable .package.
The Quiet One
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#12 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 10:37 PM Last edited by daysies : 6th Jan 2005 at 10:40 PM.
You probably need to update to the newest release of CEP. It got updated today.

Edit: I had to look for the link: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?p=119480
Test Subject
#13 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 10:48 PM
That worked, thank you.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 11:33 PM
Yup, a really huge globe would be cool.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 11:47 PM
That is really neat. A cool thing to do with it (even though it might not be able to be done yet) is to have like electricity flow through them, so when you touch it, it will follow your hands.
Firestarter
#16 Old 7th Jan 2005 at 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by numenor
I'm desperately trying to make a floor lamp of it. I've cloned it, edited the ObjectData to make them appear in the catalog among the floor lamps (I've registered a new the GUID for the "lamp" sphere, that I called "The Daily Globe" ). I changed the Global Data to Lamps globals and edited the Object Functions to make it turn on and off, added the right BHAVs and everything, and still it doesn't light up.


Bet it's some setting somewhere. I've had that happen with things. Try a reverse clone. Clone a floor lamp, put these graphics in there, see if that does it.
Test Subject
#17 Old 7th Jan 2005 at 4:58 AM
Idea
Heyyyz I got an idea for what that ball can do, U know those lamps that have electrical surges thru em, when u put ur hand the all the electricty runs to ur hand????? that would be cool :smash:
Test Subject
#18 Old 7th Jan 2005 at 5:38 AM
brgndyrose31 just said that a couple of posts ago, Lcm.

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The ModFather
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#19 Old 7th Jan 2005 at 8:48 AM
Sorry, but it can't become a Palantir, nor having electrical surges that flow inside it, because the mesh for the globe is completely empty, inside. So, no objects can be represented inside it. What a pity, though; the Palantir was a great idea (well, it would be a *giant* Palantir, but who would care? )
Guest
#20 Old 7th Jan 2005 at 12:30 PM
Too bad you can't put something in it...making it a huge fishbowl would be cool.
Test Subject
#21 Old 11th Jan 2005 at 12:57 AM
You could make it look like a giant fish bowl. paint little fishies on it and such
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 23rd Jan 2005 at 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Carrigon
It looks really kewl We need to make it do something, but I can't think of what yet.



For me its going to sort of serve as a crystal ball for my gypsy sims. The plasma ball Idea was a great idea and could be done with new animations. I seen some new deco items earlier in another thread that had been remeshed. Fire crystals. that had light that moved around on them. Id like to see it narrowed down to a blue or purple light that moved slower and smoother but it does give inspiration. Or glowing smoke inside the balls maybe. There is a lot that can be done with this sphere. And Carrigon, since you are excelent with code maybe you could add some mind control functions to it. There are some great possiablilities for this.

I have about a million clickin around in my head now lol.

Unfortuneately I have no idea how to make animations, or know enough about codding these things to do any specific thing.

Will be interesting to see what you guys can come up with.

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Test Subject
#23 Old 23rd Jan 2005 at 11:43 AM
What an interesting signature cozmicrain
Test Subject
#24 Old 23rd Jan 2005 at 1:57 PM
miura: re cozmicrain's signature... it doesn't specify which hair to pull... so much left to the imagination!
Banned
#25 Old 11th Feb 2005 at 2:06 AM
Someone should make it be one of those weather things but make sure it won;t like completly crash the game.
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