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Si'Down with your drink

by MogHughson Posted 24th Nov 2009 at 5:20 AM - Updated 15th Jun 2010 at 1:22 PM by MogHughson
49 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 8 Thanks Posts
*Updated 29th November 2009*
Enhancement - see section below
There are various different drinks that a Sim can partake of when thirsty. Generally a Sim will sit down to drink their favourite tipple if there is a chair in the same room, but if not will stand around sipping away. This is different from the behaviour with food where they will quite happily take food from the kitchen to the room next door where the dining table is, to sit down and eat it properly. Given that I generally house my hot liquid producing appliances in a kitchen and have chairs in a dining room right next door this would annoy me. I'd find myself muttering at my computer screen "Si'down will you!"


Also, I'd quite like to direct different drinks to use different types of chairs. For example, hot chocolate, or a big coffee mug really should be enjoyed in the comfort of an arm chair; or fitness drinks should avoid bar stools.

So this mod changes the way all the various drinks provided in the Sims 2 game work, hopefully meaning in general, less Sims standing around drinking when there are perfectly good chairs that could be used!

Download
You should download the core package and choose one of the two tuning packages as well. Inside the .rars the tuning packages have the same name so you cannot accidentally have both tuning packages in your download folder. You must have one of them though!



Testing
This has been tested using the AnyGameStarted with many different EP combinations. However, even though I have done extension testing myself, I am marking this mod as Testers Required for a little while since there are so many combinations of drinks and seats. In my testing I have found and fixed a number of issues, all of which resulted in the Sim in question sitting on the floor instead of a perfectly valid chair. So in general it seems the problems that result are not harmful. So if you choose to download this and test it out in your game, and see something you didn't expect, please provide the following details.


Is this a global hack?
In making this mod, I have introduced some globals. Since these globals are new rather than updates to existing globals, this hack should only have an untoward impact on your game if the numbers I chose to identify these globals have also been picked by another modder also making a brand new global. The details are below should you suspect you have a clash.

I currently know of one hack that this mod conflicts with and that is TwoJeff's Chinese & Coffee Sit Down Fix which is perhaps not a surprise now that I know of it since it does the same job for the base game drinks (except bar drinks). Of course there is always the possibility of others. For the benefit of other modders, the details are below.


Cheers
Mog


Update History
29Nov2009
  • Provided two choices for tuning this mod, the original one and one that doesn't disallow any chair types. Choose only one to use.
  • Fixed animations for Fruit Punch for Teenagers and Children to match Adults

Additional Credits:
Quaxi for SimPEwiki
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.
Thanks to raynuss, aubreylaraine and jeffallenroberts for all the info about TwoJeff's clashing mod.

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
sit-down-with-your-drink-Mog-20090930-TUNING-B.rar | Tuning package - See table B

Size: 958 Bytes · Downloads: 4,797 · 29th Nov 2009
958 Bytes 4,797 29th Nov 2009
sit-down-with-your-drink-Mog-20090930-TUNING-A.rar | Tuning package - See table A

Size: 980 Bytes · Downloads: 4,128 · 29th Nov 2009
980 Bytes 4,128 29th Nov 2009
sit-down-with-your-drink-Mog-20090930.rar | Core package - Changes to all the game drinks to sit on more appropriate chairs

Size: 4.2 KB · Downloads: 10,775 · 24th Nov 2009
4.2 KB 10,775 24th Nov 2009
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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\
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  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
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Miss BHAVing
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Original Poster
#26 Old 24th Dec 2009 at 12:19 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonewoulf239
I have tried this mod, and it keeps giving me an error message whenever my sim wants to get a drink, or any form of food.
Hi, I assume the error message is reporting that an error log has been written? Could you attach that error log, and also let me know which EPs you have.

Cheers
Mog

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Test Subject
#27 Old 30th Dec 2009 at 2:23 PM
I kept getting an error everytime my sim was able to sit on bar stool with their drink and everytime I tried to make them sit on the stool, they kept acting like they got no room to walk, even they could just simply go around the bar, but no, they complaining about 'lack of room' to move.
Miss BHAVing
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Original Poster
#28 Old 30th Dec 2009 at 3:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazedActionDude
I kept getting an error everytime my sim was able to sit on bar stool with their drink and everytime I tried to make them sit on the stool, they kept acting like they got no room to walk, even they could just simply go around the bar, but no, they complaining about 'lack of room' to move.
Yes - I've seen that too with some bar stools - probably a similar issue to that of the spare square needed next to some desks in order for Sims to be able to put their homework on them. I found leaving space at the sides of the bar stools helped.

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Test Subject
#29 Old 5th May 2010 at 12:10 PM
thanks! great idea..i have been using for over 3 months almost and worked fine for me..
Field Researcher
#30 Old 25th Jun 2010 at 11:16 PM
Thank you for uploading this. I really appreciate it!

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism", they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."
- Norman Thomas, 1944
Test Subject
#31 Old 8th Jul 2010 at 7:59 PM
I like this idea. I downloaded Tuning-B so my sims can sit anywhere. Can't wait to see how it goes. Thanks. =^..^=

=^..^= I'm a left-handed Pisces with ADD. You should see the world from my point of view. =^..^=
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 18th Jul 2010 at 2:21 AM
This is such a nice mod, it really is, but I've run into... not a problem, exactly, but something that puzzles me.

I was taking pictures of some default replacement bar and nectar bar drinks (so that it looks less like the Sims are drinking Kool-Aid) and I noticed this mod doesn't affect the Free Time Nectar Bar tumblers-- with the bar drinks, they all sat at the table, but with the nectar bar drinks, everyone stood around. Is that deliberate?
Miss BHAVing
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Original Poster
#33 Old 23rd Jul 2010 at 3:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Almighty Hat
I noticed this mod doesn't affect the Free Time Nectar Bar tumblers-- with the bar drinks, they all sat at the table, but with the nectar bar drinks, everyone stood around. Is that deliberate?
Sounds like I missed a drink type. I will look into that. Thank you for reporting my omission. Hopefully I will be able to fix it.

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 24th Jul 2010 at 11:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MogHughson
Sounds like I missed a drink type. I will look into that. Thank you for reporting my omission. Hopefully I will be able to fix it.


I figured it was either a plain oversight or had something to do with the 'sip and mingle' thing in the... BHAVs or BCONs or something that starts with a B, I've forgotten which. I don't usually mess around with those.

Good luck, thank you, and I'll keep an eye out!
Forum Resident
#35 Old 10th Nov 2010 at 11:36 PM
This download is in my personal top 10. Its really fun now to partie and watch all those sims enjoying themselves while sitting together, chatting - just making themselves comfortable! A real game improvement. Thank you. Good job? PAH - AMAZING job!
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 21st Nov 2010 at 5:20 PM
I have a new odd behavior lol. It has to do with the punch drink cups, Sims hands get stuck in the hold drink action and stay that way until something resets them also they tend to pick up "invisible cups" from somewhere and use them to drink. It may have just been my community bar I was running but I have seen it at home as well. Any thoughts?

I also really, really love this mod. Bravo Mog, bravo!
Scholar
THANKS POST
#37 Old 26th Jan 2011 at 12:59 AM
Thanks. And I agree this should be done for the phone and breastfeeding hack as well. I don't know anyone who breastfeeds standing up.
Instructor
THANKS POST
#38 Old 2nd Aug 2011 at 3:59 AM
There is a problem I noticed when Sims buy a drink from the bar, where they get back up, and then sit back down differently. I do hope you're still watching this thread.
Miss BHAVing
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Original Poster
#39 Old 3rd Aug 2011 at 10:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by XanderGC
I have a new odd behavior lol. It has to do with the punch drink cups, Sims hands get stuck in the hold drink action and stay that way until something resets them also they tend to pick up "invisible cups" from somewhere and use them to drink. It may have just been my community bar I was running but I have seen it at home as well.
Can I double check with you that this problem is only seen when this mod is applied? I didn't think I had messed with what you mention.
Quote:
Originally Posted by plyplay665
There is a problem I noticed when Sims buy a drink from the bar, where they get back up, and then sit back down differently.
Hmmm - Sims already seated - I shall look into that and see whether I can get them to stay put!

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Test Subject
#40 Old 23rd Aug 2011 at 3:13 AM
Default Same Problem
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonewoulf239
I have tried this mod, and it keeps giving me an error message whenever my sim wants to get a drink, or any form of food.
I had to remove it, it did the same thing here, it worked for a while, sadly it stopped
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#41 Old 17th Sep 2011 at 7:56 PM
YES! Now my sims act even more normal
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#42 Old 17th Sep 2011 at 8:01 PM
YES! Now my sims act even more normal
Miss BHAVing
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#43 Old 22nd Sep 2011 at 12:47 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by shark104
I had to remove it, it did the same thing here, it worked for a while, sadly it stopped
Can you provide the error log for me please?

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#44 Old 1st Jul 2012 at 11:39 PM
I thought that the reason why my Sims couldn't use the bar anymore was because of this mod so I removed it, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Even with it removed the problem still occurs. I have an error log if you wish to see it, but it might not be your mod after all.
Test Subject
#45 Old 6th Nov 2012 at 8:25 PM
I do like this mod, I've had it in my game for some time and it does improve gameplay. But now I have this bakery business I've proudly made where customers can have a cuppa coffee/espresso if they like, all the chairs mind you are outside the shop. What happens is they sit on the floor, indoors, in the way, while the chairs outside remain unused... Is there a way to mod this mod so sims use chairs outdoors if no chairs are availlable indoors? What is the default game behavior when this is the case I wonder?
Cheers!
Instructor
#46 Old 1st Dec 2012 at 2:24 AM
Lately, I've been getting errors saying "Invalid Constant" whenever my Sim attempted to pick up a drink (with the testing cheats enabled, to see the error message). I'd have to reset my Sim and the drink would disappear. Even when the error didn't appear the drink would disappear. But, once I took out this mod, the error stopped. I have all of the EP's & SP's. Also, the error log would include words like "Sit Down Somewhere". Anyway, hopefully you can look into this more if you have time I can send the error log somehow if you'd like. Have a great day :D
Mad Poster
THANKS POST
#47 Old 9th Feb 2016 at 6:51 AM
It's honestly annoyed me so much that sims refuse to sit down to drink coffee, so thank you.
Theorist
THANKS POST
#48 Old 27th Mar 2017 at 3:02 AM
Thank you
Retired Live Chat Moderator
#49 Old 13th Jun 2018 at 4:16 PM
Been messing with this cool mod for a few hours, trying different setups and scenarios too see if it will produce the behavior I am after. It's so close too, but I am trying to use it at a coffee cafe on a community lot and nobody will drink anything autonomously... so I'd have to go thru half a dozen sims at least enabling control and telling them to grab a drink before disabling control again... I think what I'm after might be standard behavior in Sims 3 or something. I have all sims games but it's 2 that I often return to as it still has good animations and I can set up situations and then sit back and watch them have at it.

I wonder if this mod would work in combination with an autonomy grab drinks mod. I'd just make one, but now that I'm thinking of it, perhaps they are not doing it because it's not winter and they're not cold... did you run into anything interesting while digging around in the code about that? Sure is nice to see them sit and drink, but even at home, nobody is grabbing a drink autonomously. Well - back to testing to see what I can see.

Very nice mod tho!
Scholar
THANKS POST
#50 Old 6th Dec 2018 at 2:08 AM
At some point, I don't remember when, I started noticing that sims will sit at a bar to order a drink, wait for their drink to arrive, and then stand up from their stool and find a new place to sit! What the hey??? That absolutely makes no sense!!!
Why would they not just remain seated?

So, I checked the mod, and identified the BHAV that is responsible for dealing with Bar Drinks, and disabled that one. And now my sims will just remain where they are. Apparently, that one was actually better the way the Maxoids had made it.

Apart from this, though, I'm still so happy to have this (now slightly altered) mod in my game.
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