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Semi-Autonomous Movies

by Neder Posted 8th Jun 2012 at 3:52 PM - Updated 8th Jun 2012 at 4:50 PM by Neder
14 Comments / replies (Who?) - 1 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts
If I've learned nothing else about Sim logic, I've learned that the bigger pain it is to cancel an action, the more attractive it is to Sims.
Case in point: Sim gets invited over. Visiting Sim beelines for TV. Visiting Sim starts movie. Visiting Sim is entranced until movie is over or TV is turned off (not to mention, you can't just go straight to a different channel without turning the TV off first).

Here is my solution:
Sims will no longer autonomously "Watch Movie" except under the following circumstances:
They are the currently selected Sim (in which case you can cancel the action if you desire) or
The have Film/Literature as their "One True Hobby" or
someone who meets one of the above criteria is already watching a movie.

Sorry for all the colons.

If a selected Sim chooses to Watch Movie and you deselect them before they've fully routed to the television, they will cancel the action (unless they are Film/Lit OTH).

Additional Credits:
I always use this space to thank other modders, particularly those responsible for the creation and development of SimPE.
I realized I've never thanked Delphy for providing this outstanding site that serves as an outlet for so much creativity and sharing.

Thanks, Delphy.

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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 8th Jun 2012 at 4:12 PM
Yes! Neder, I love the way your mind works! Thank you for this mod! I'll be putting in my game post-haste!
Test Subject
#3 Old 8th Jun 2012 at 6:02 PM
I love this mod!
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 8th Jun 2012 at 6:40 PM
This is gonna save so much trouble! Thank you.
Test Subject
#5 Old 9th Jun 2012 at 2:26 AM
Thanks Neder, you always come up with stuff I need.
Mad Poster
#6 Old 9th Jun 2012 at 12:12 PM
Great idea - glad you thought of it and did something about it.
9th Jun 2012 at 4:58 PM
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#7 Old 10th Jun 2012 at 6:46 PM
I would probably have chosen "member of the current household" (expression: my person data - family number == global - current family) in stead of "currently being selected", but otherwise, this is a fantastic idea, Neder.

Thank you so much.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#8 Old 10th Jun 2012 at 7:49 PM
I had thought about that, B.O., but I went with "currently selected" to give me a little more control (i.e. the ability to cancel the action). I micromanage a lot. The whole point for me was that whenever I was trying to track down a family member (who was supposed to be doing something else), they had inevitably fired up the DVD player. I wanted to quell most of the autonomy, but not all.
I wanted to keep the option for film/lit Sims as well as being able to allow a "Family Movie Night" or for Sims to join in watching at a party or whatnot.

Thank you all for the nice comments.
#9 Old 10th Jun 2012 at 8:56 PM
I'm a micro-manager myself, and I've written a few interaction-limiters too, so I know exactly where you're coming from. Sometimes, those EAxoids go a bit overboard with things. But thank god, we can fix some of it ourselves. :D
Test Subject
#10 Old 14th Jun 2012 at 2:48 AM
thank you
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 22nd Mar 2013 at 11:30 PM
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 1st Feb 2015 at 9:07 PM
Thank you!!!
#13 Old 30th Jul 2015 at 7:56 PM
Thank you! This annoys me so much. The movies are loud too! Silly Sims!
Test Subject
#14 Old 14th May 2016 at 7:36 PM
Thank You