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No Lightnings During Storms - Global Hack

by Numenor Posted 14th Apr 2007 at 1:10 AM - Updated 14th Apr 2007 at 1:31 AM by Numenor
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* Global Hack - Seasons required*

WARNING: This is a Global Hack, i.e. it will affect all the lots in all the neighborhoods; it might be unknowingly exported along with the lots, so please check them with the Clean Installer before sharing.

You might think that this mod is just useless, but it's not.
It has been requested to me by a simmer that suffers for epilepsy, and therefore couldn't play with the Seasons EP, due to the lightning flashes.
Since that user was not the only one to ask me to have this mod, I decided to post it publicly, so that anyone interested can get it easily

With this hack installed, you won't see any more lightnings during storms. The hack should prevent not only the lightnings across the sky, but also the ones that hit the ground, the objects and the sims.
Please keep in mind that only the visual effect is prevented: the sound of the thunder, as well the consequences of a lightning strike (including the death of the sim hit by the lightning and the breakage of objects) are still in the game, and won't be prevented in any way.
Probably you might be puzzled when a TV set suddenly breaks up, because you couldn't see the lightning hitting it; but this is a side effect that just couldn't be avoided .
WARNING: this hack is still in testing: it *is* possible that some types of lightnings are still visible; I tried my best to search (and suppress) all the possible lightnings, but I might have missed something.
The hack has been tested for two days, with a continuous rain created by the weather machine; and not a single lightning was visible (I could hear the thunder); but again, please be careful: as soon as you see a lightning flash, close the game (and possibly report to me what you were doing when the lightning struck) .

Unpack the attached zip to your Downloads folder (you can also use the Q-Xpress, if you like).
To uninstall, remove the package from the Downloads.

This hack requires the Seasons EP. It won't harm the games without Seasons, but using it without Seasons would just be pointless.

Unlike my other creations, feel free to do whatever you want with this hack.
Spread the word! If you have a friend that suffers for epilepsy, tell him to get this hack

Additional Credits:
Maxis, for the (now invisible) lightnings
Tags: #lightnings, #hack, #epilepsy

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 Seasons
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Size: 624 Bytes · Downloads: 2,350 · 14th Apr 2007
624 Bytes 2,350 14th Apr 2007
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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
#51 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 5:47 AM
I actually set my game to two summers,exclude spring/w excessive lightning. The lightning flashes irritate my eyes. Thanks for the mod!
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 17th Aug 2010 at 6:03 AM
This is awesome! My game can handle the rain, snow, and other weather just fine, but the lightning was actually a bit over the top, in my opinion. And it would lag my game something awful. Now I don't have to look at it. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#53 Old 1st Mar 2011 at 3:31 AM
What a cool, caring thing to do! Thank you : )
Lab Assistant
#54 Old 21st Aug 2012 at 8:47 PM
This is a great mod! I think it's awesome you made it just to help out. I'm going to download it, too, because I get severe migraines and the lightning tends to trigger it. Thanks a bunch! :D
Test Subject
#55 Old 27th Sep 2015 at 6:04 AM
I can't thank you enough for this. As a photo-sensitive epileptic, mods like this make games playable rather than a serious health risk. Thank you so very, very much.
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