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  1. BettyNewbie
    April 19th, 2015 1:29 PM
    I haven't seen it on Mod the Sims before, but that doesn't mean it isn't there by any means haha. There's also a chance that he/she didn't actually download it from anywhere, and just made those letters themselves and never actually released them. Hopefully I can find them, though!
    It wouldn't surprise me if that was the case. In the TS1 community, there's a (very talented) creator called Poetica who has a bad habit of doing that. She makes a lot of objects specifically for the lots she posts pictures of at Neighborhood 99, yet never releases them, even if a million people ask her to in the WCIF thread. She's a real stickler for following File Share-Friendly rules and other creators' cloning permissions, so many suspect that her "unavailable" objects were cloned from bases created by people who don't allow cloning.

    Well, TS4 is kinda weird in that regard. The screenshot you sent is only a small part of the area, but it isn't as flexible as it was in TS2. In TS2, you could make a new neighborhood with just streets placed, and put lots wherever you wanted. In TS4, you start out with the two default worlds and my understanding is you can only just use copies of that existing layout, no moving lot placements around (yet).

    Willow Creek, the "Default" neighborhood, kinda like Pleasantview, which is kinda like the 'hood in TS1 but later.

    Oasis Springs, the other "Default" neighborhood, it's kind of a desert area.

    Compared to TS2, which let you make fully custom neighborhood terrain layouts by designing them as a small city in Sim City 4 and exporting them, that kinda feels like a blow to our creativity. But maybe one day they'll make a custom 'hood designer.
    Even those full neighborhood screenshots you posted are only about equal in size to the TS1 Unleashed neighborhood, at best. They still seem dinky compared to the seemingly vast neighborhoods TS2 had, and far less customizable, too.

    Believe it or not, TS1 neighborhoods can be customized, but it's nothing more than replacing the default map image with a new one. There are some really pretty maps out there, like this one I'm currently using in my game.

    (And yes, before you ask, I do have a Windows XP skin installed on Windows 7 because I'm a boss)
    XP was the best, although Win 7's not bad, either. On the other hand, Vista and Win 8 are complete turds. I have personal experience with the former, which has kept me far, far away from the latter. They can pry my Win 7 laptop out of my cold, dead hands.

    And yeah, downloading CC is kinda like that. Then sometimes I get in-game and I'm like "Sure this is cool and all but when exactly was I planning to have anyone wear this?" like when I downloaded Princess Zelda's dress/hair/jewelry/etc or various other things like that. I think I usually end up having someone wear them as a cosplay, since having Princess Zelda show up in a realistic town doesn't make a lot of sense.

    ...that being said, I do have one neighborhood called "The Trailerhood" which is basically just a trailer park and surrounding rural area, and it has some weird people around. There is a family of aliens living near a crashed UFO in the woods, there is Elvis as a Townie, umm various other people that make no sense to be there, such as Rick Astley and Nathan Fillion (Dressed as Mal from Firefly). So sometimes I find other uses for interesting downloads lol.
    Yeah, I do that a lot, myself, download stuff I like, regardless of whether or not I actually need it, which is why my Downloads folder is overflowing with crap.

    Your Trailerhood sounds so fun! You can really do anything you want with these games.
  2. BettyNewbie
    April 18th, 2015 8:58 PM
    That's pretty cool! I'll have to see about getting some of the CC they used, since mine doesn't say WAFFLE HOUSE on the front and such like it's supposed to. Nice find!
    They didn't say where they got it, sadly. Maybe, you could try Mod the Sims?

    The reason I didn't get that is because I had already torrented the complete collection before that was available :p I just didn't install all of them for some reason.
    You dirty pirate!

    You're right though, it is weird that they keep giving us clone expansions. You'd think that by now the first ones would just be part of the core game at this point :rolleyes: Then again, in TS4 we didn't even have Pools in the BaseGame anymore, and that came in a later update (but not an EP, it was just a free update). Still don't have hot tubs though, which is sad. Maybe they'll come in a future update, probably their version of Nightlife?
    Yeah, what's with the lack of pools and hot tubs in TS4? Even the TS1 Base Game had those things!

    Yeah, I really wish they'd just include things like pets, seasons, restaurants, etc, in the Base Game from the get-go. We already paid extra for those things a million times before, no need to charge us extra, yet again. Give us something new this time.

    (Luckily, though, they were, at least, smart enough to give us an expanded version of Unleashed's large mixed Residential/Community map in TS2 instead of making us go back to the dinky 10 lot, Residential-only map and wait until Pets to get a full neighborhood again. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case with TS4.)

    So far, I don't think any of the updates have broken CC too much in TS4 yet, at least not on the scale that they said Pets was. Actually, come to think of it, I'm not sure if the problem was having Pets and using certain CC or if it was having Pets when you made certain types of CC and not being careful that caused the errors. I should look into that, and if it's the latter, just like.. yknow... install it. And get my sim a cat.

    But yeah, for now I'm just playing around with CC in TS4 but trying not to get as carried away as I did in TS2. Partially it's easier since the vanilla stuff in TS4 tends to look a bit better than TS2 did. But even still, if I download something and it turns out to not look as good in-game, I'm trying to just delete it right away to save headache from letting it accidentally build up and clutter my sims' wardrobes, yknow?
    Yeah, you should give Pets a try. You never know.

    It's so easy to get your Downloads folder cluttered up with junk, especially if you find the mere act of downloading CC to be therapeutic (like me).
  3. TyHawk4501
    April 18th, 2015 8:21 PM
    You're welcome!
  4. TyHawk4501
    April 18th, 2015 7:52 PM
    I see the changes you made, good job
  5. BettyNewbie
    April 18th, 2015 7:20 PM
    Bulding and Creating is more my scene too. I've been known to spend a whole evening trying to re-create a real place accurately if I can, or trying to create real people. One night, a few friends and I went to Waffle House. And while we were there, I:
    - pulled out my laptop
    - set it up on the table and opened TS2
    - sent our sims to the in-game Waffle House and sat them at the same booth we were in
    - waited for the waitress to show up.

    She came back to ask if we needed more coffee, looked at the screen, looked at us, looked at the screen, looked at us, then laughed and said "You guys have too much time on your hands".
    LOL, that's funny!

    Perfect realism is a lot more doable in TS2 than TS1 for the obvious reasons. Googling around, I found a pretty nifty TS2 Waffle House here.

    As for my favorite TS2 eps, let's see...

    - I like Nightlife, because of drivable cars and the new community lot options it gave
    - I like University, even though I almost never send my sims to Uni. It came with some stuff I use a lot though, such as pool tables and stuff. I borrowed that CD from a friend to install it anyway, so it doesn't matter if I actually use the Uni part or not because it was free :p
    - I like Bon Voyage because of the vacation destinations, hotel lots, and stuff like that
    - Open For Business is one I use a lot, since it lets you own community lots. That makes it easier when setting up things because I can control who works at a business and things for accuracy, or I can have fun when playing vicariously.

    I'm probably forgetting some of them that I use. I have all of them except Pets, Apartment Life, and Mansion & Garden Stuff installed so I sometimes forget which things went with what. The reason I don't have Pets installed is because I rememer hearing (at least for a while) that it could cause issues with some CC and I didn't want to end up breaking a bunch of my lots by accident by installing that EP. No idea if it would have or not though. I have it downloaded and I'm sure one of these days I'll install it
    Surprised you never got Ultimate Collection, especially since it was given out for free last year. From what I gather, it's TS2's equivalent of Complete Collection, with all EPs and SPs (as well as all of the patches) bundled into one.

    While TS2 copied some of TS1's EPs (Nightlife = Hot Date, Pets = Unleashed, Bon Voyage = Vacation), it had many nice unique ones like University, Open for Business, Apartment Life, and Seasons, so it truly offered a new experience from TS1.

    Nearly all of TS3's EPs, on the other hand, were knockoffs and retreads:

    - World Adventures = Vacation (TS1) and Bon Voyage (TS2)
    - Ambitions = Open for Business (TS2)
    - Late Night = Hot Date (TS1) and Nightlife (TS2)
    - Pets Expansion (ugh, they didn't even bother to give it a new name) = Unleashed (TS1) and Pets (TS2)
    - Showtime = Superstar (TS1)
    - Supernatural = Makin' Magic (TS1)
    - Seasons (again with the the unoriginal name) = Seasons (TS2)
    - University Life (ditto here) = University (TS2)
    - Island Paradise (yes, they cloned the travel EPs twice) = Vacation (TS1) and Bon Voyage (TS2)

    Only Generations and Into the Future aren't obvious knockoffs, but even they have some similarities with Livin' Large (TS1) and Free Time (TS2).

    Why is it so hard for EA/Maxis to give us things like pets and downtown in the Base Game instead of continuing to resell us the same old pet and downtown-themed EPs we already bought for the earlier games? Hope TS4 is more creative than TS3 was. *Googles and finds out that TS4's first EP is an Open for Business/Ambitions retread.* Drat!

    More recently I've played TS4, but I'm not sure what I want to do with things right now. My sim got to the point that she quit her job and is making a few thousand bucks a day off the royalties from novels she's written, so I have a lot of free time-- but I'm not sure what to do with it. I may end up going in and systematically redoing all of the vanilla lots and updating the vanilla sims and stuff to get it more customized and go from there. Not sure how I wanna go with it.
    Of course, you know they're going to release a million EPs and SPs for TS4, most of which will probably mess up any mods you made with the Base Game. Wouldn't hurt to check out custom content, nonetheless.
  6. TyHawk4501
    April 18th, 2015 6:34 PM
    Oh ok. That's pretty cool Awesome

    I'm not sure either
  7. TyHawk4501
    April 18th, 2015 5:50 PM
    I'm doing alright too. If I may ask, how's Red++ coming along, anything new?
  8. BettyNewbie
    April 18th, 2015 5:43 PM
    Ah, the Sims... Good one!

    It's been an off-and-on thing. I've been doing mostly building/creating in recent years, and I have a knack for building extremely detailed, crazy-realistic houses and buildings, so it often takes me forever to just complete one.

    (And, remember, this is TS1, where there are no 3rd or 4th stories or 100% customizable roofs. I'd probably take even longer in TS2.)

    What are your favorite TS2 EPs? My favorite TS1 EPs are Hot Date (the TS1 equivalent to Nightlife), Unleashed (the TS1 equivalent to Pets), Superstar (based around celebrities/Hollywood), and Makin' Magic (based around, you guessed it, magic). I love Hot Date for adding restaurants and buyable clothes (No more ugly default PJs!), Unleashed for expanding the neighborhood, adding pets (of course), and some pretty objects, Superstar for the extra TV channels and pretty Art Deco-themed objects (not as much into the celebrity stuff), and Makin' Magic for the (duh) magic, carnival rides, and even more pretty stuff. (Yes, Maxis actually made quite a few nice-looking objects with the last 3 EPs, I admit. )
  9. TyHawk4501
    April 18th, 2015 5:33 PM
    How are you doing today?
  10. TyHawk4501
    April 18th, 2015 4:51 PM
    Hey Mateo!
  11. BettyNewbie
    April 17th, 2015 6:48 PM
    ****, the site ate my long ass reply to you. I'm sorry.

    Pick a new topic to talk about so I can get my mind off of What Could've Been.
  12. BettyNewbie
    April 16th, 2015 8:48 PM
    I never had a "Pokémon is for babies" phase, although I did have a while where I knew it wasn't "cool" to talk about around friends who weren't also nerds and into it still. Then sometime around college it was suddenly cool again.
    Yeah, when the first 90s nostalgia wave hit at the end of the 2000s, it became cool to like Pokémon again, but only the first two Gens and mostly in a detached nostalgic way. Gen 3 was still the Worst Generation Ever and the Death of Pokémon. It was only in the early 2010s, when the anti-"G****nner" backlash hit and the people who grew up with RSE started to hit their late teens/early twenties than Gen 3 suddenly became beloved and nostalgic and Gen 4 was now the Death of Pokémon.

    As for how I got into it, I was already into the idea of RPG Maker and even before that I had been drawing maps and writing down ideas for Pokémon games that didn't exist, even though I had no way to make them at the time. So when I was downloading roms and saw something called Brown Version I paused and said "wait what?" and downloaded it. Then I saw it was all changed around and in a new region and stuff and I was like "holy s*** people can edit these? I wanna do that!" and started doing some googling. And it took a while to have anything worth releasing, but yeah.
    Yeah, I think many of us made up our own regions and Pokémon back then, even if we had zero knowledge about ROM hacking.

    Brown is amazing. Hard to believe that hack has existed for so long now, and many people still point to it as a gold standard for RBY/GSC hacking. I know it's one of my favorites, no doubt.

    As for R/S, my brothers bought the games but at that point I was too spoiled by emulators and so I just downloaded the roms to play them on a bigger screen with the ability to speedup emulation. And I thought they were cool and all, but I was really disappointed that features that were in GSC were missing from R/S (I'm not saying RSE because Emerald wasn't out yet of course).
    I think that's the thing older fans were disappointed about the most with RS. Many of us were expecting another expanded sequel like GSC, especially since they were on the then shiny new GBA, and instead, what we got was a hard reboot that took two steps forwards, two steps backwards.

    When I heard about FrLg, I was pretty excited, but not as excited as I was when Crystal was released or when HGSS were announced. Even though I've been playing since 98, Gen 2 was my favorite which is why I was more excited for a remake of that than I was for Gen 1.
    I'm a Gen 2 fan, myself, even though I started with Yellow, so I can see where you're coming from. I think another thing that worked against FRLG is the simple fact that they came out before there was really any nostalgia for Pokémon. As big as the Gen 2/Gen 3 divide was, RBY were still only 5-6 years old when FRLG came out. On the other hand, by the time HGSS came out, the older games were already 10+ years old, so there was a lot of nostalgia and hype going around.

    Gen 4 almost made me quit Pokemon. I didn't like a lot of the Pokemon, didn't care about the region, and got really bored with the game. To this day, I don't think I've gone further than getting a single badge in Sinnoh without saying "Meh" and pulling out another game to play. Then when HG/SS were announced it was like SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! and I had a japanese promotional wallpaper for HGSS as my wallpaper for a while, and then I downloaded Soul Silver in Japanese to play around with before I could get it in English, then once I could buy it, I was all about that and like taking my Pokéwalker to class and everything.
    Yeah, HGSS (as well as BW, which came out not long after) did bring a lot of people back into Pokémon. It was the first time GF really started to pay more attention to older fans, even if it may have meant lower sales in the long run (BW and XY both sold worse than DP, the latter of which being the worst-selling main paired games of all).
  13. BettyNewbie
    April 16th, 2015 7:16 PM
    I'm honestly not sure what my first hack that was worth releasing was. I know for the first while there, I was just playing around with tools and getting a feel for them, and didn't even know hacking forums existed. I found the roms, and I found some hacks on the rom sites, and so I googled something like "Pokemon Red Map Editor" and found Pokemap on like Zophar's Domain or something, and started playing around with that. Pretty sure my first one was a red hack of no real consequence. I also was working on a Silver hack called "Pokémon Legends" which eventually was rebooted as Sterling Silver, which was cancelled but some of the ideas came back in Christmas. But yeah, I got into it between R/S and FrLg. I was much more active on the Mew3Inc forums back in the day than I was here on PC.
    Yeah, that was a long time ago. Why did you get into in the first place? Were you put off by RS' many changes? How did you feel when you first learned about FRLG?

    I know I'm asking many questions, but I'm just curious to know about how it was like for an original fan in the GBA era. I was deep into my "Pokémon is for babies" phase by then, so I pretty much missed everything after Crystal.
  14. BettyNewbie
    April 16th, 2015 4:23 PM
    Thinking about this to reply got me feeling old and nostalgic again, as usual. It reminded me of when Gen 3 was still current, and back when I got involved in the Game Dev scene with RPG Maker and stuff. Like, when I met Fangking Omega, it was actually on the Booda Sack Project Forums, which was part of the main site for Pokémon Call of Latios whose name ended up inspiring one of my cancelled hacks' names -- Pokémon Sterling Silver: Cry of Celebi. Best I can tell, that fan game was never finished, but it had some interesting ideas. And I remember I had a fan game that I had started in RM2K called "Pokémon Advance: Mewtwo's Revenge" and it was, well, nothing to write home about. When I started it, FrLg weren't even out yet, so it was only using RS tiles. Then partway through, some screens were released and people ripped some stuff from Fr and they got in, then I used some actual FrLg tiles a bit before finally deciding the project was a waste of time and cancelling it xD.
    Wow, you've been doing this for a long time, now. What was your first hack, anyways?
  15. BettyNewbie
    April 15th, 2015 9:53 PM
    Yeah, to me anything newer than Gen 2 is still a "new gen Pokémon" or "one of the newer games", despite the fact that some of the people on this forum probably weren't even born yet when those games came out (it blows my mind that people here weren't born when Gen 1 came out, Gen 3 is just like "omg you guys are babies how did you find the internet?" haha). I had someone randomly comment on Christmas today saying they probably won't be playing it because they are 12 and like flashy graphics. I wanted to say a lot of things, but I just said "Have fun with that, then. Thanks for stopping by." It's like seriously, kids these days. smh.
    Good grief, someone who's 12 isn't even old enough to have experienced Gen 3! (And, *I* was 12, myself, and had mostly grown out of Pokémon when RS first came out! Scary! )

    And, to think, that even the kids who did grow up with Gen 3... aren't exactly kids anymore. The 7-8 year olds of 2003 are the 19-20 year olds of today, which is why so many college aged people were hyped about ORAS. RSE were their "Gen 1," so they love it and worship it as much as we do RBY. Time sure has flown.

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  • About Mateo
    Hey guys, I'm Mateo. I was the co-founder of the Skeetendo Inc. Hacking Group (before it was a community, when it was just me and Pyro). I'm still a huge fan of Gen II, and so I still enjoy playing and hacking those games. I'm currently working on a "Johto Legacy" series that continues the story of G/S/C that consists of the "Pokémon Christmas" hack, and an upcoming prequel called "Pokémon Spirits and Legends" (that currently has no thread here).
    Rom Hacking, Internetting, Cooking, The Sims 2, Music, Random things, Etc.
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