Warning about downloading TS2 Lots
Posted 13 June 2005 - 05:15 PM
Because of the way that the game packages lots and houses, *everything* that is on the lot gets packed up and installed with the house/lot. That includes the lot, the house, all the furniture, any custom content used, and any hacks that were installed in the game of the person building the house. That means that depending on where you download a house/lot from, you may be picking up alot of things that you never wanted installed in your game.
Keep this in mind not only when you are downloading, but also when you are creating houses/lots you want to put up for download. You'll want to be careful that you don't accidently distribute someone else's creations without their permission. There is a good bit of information about this in the Build A Lot forum here on TSR.
By the way, all the lots available on TSR have been tested for hacks, so it is pretty safe that you at least won't be picking up unwanted changes to your game from TSR. Many lots do still contain custom content though, so if you don't want that stuff, read the descriptions carefully.
Happy informed downloading :)
Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:15 PM
i shoud be more careful when downloading lots! :rah: :eek: :puke:
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Posted 26 July 2005 - 02:12 PM
Posted 21 January 2007 - 07:31 PM
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 04:06 AM
one question: if you were to save a lot while the Downloads Folder was removed from your game files, would it mess up all the other lots? I guess the question is: does the game save EVERYTHING every time, or just the lot you're working with in build mode?
Posted 23 January 2007 - 05:02 AM
I haven't ever actually tried it, but that's how I understand it.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 08:06 AM
I will never get that house back furnished as it was from the beginning since I saved but all my other houses are just as they should be. So, if you want to keep your house furnished with custom content, and give the downloader a chance to get it like that too, remove your downloads, package your house. If you want a Maxis only house, remove your downloads, go into the house, save and exit and package. :)
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:30 PM
I take my downloads folder out when I package because it sucks up everything. Not only any CC you used but all the recolors as well, and hacks if you have those installed. To keep it simple I always only use Maxis items in my original lots. My CC is for my play and that's it. I'll redecorate and do many versions of a house after I've packaged the original.
Posted 24 January 2007 - 12:14 AM
Strange... in my game I notice that when I'm only playing Pleasantview, my custom hood still shows that's it's been modified & has a current date.
I've always wondered what the game is doing to my custom hood when I don't even click on it or anything. I go straight to Pleasantview. Not every file is changed, but the ones that have to do with the whole neighborhood change. Every time I load the game I believe.
Posted 24 January 2007 - 01:02 AM
Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:32 PM
Actually, I never thought a packaged lot sucked in your whole downloads folder, just the items you used and any corresponding recolors, even if you didn't use them. This is still an easy mistake to lead to giving away CC you didn't intend too. TSR wants "clean" lots and for you to use Clean Installer to get it that way. Well, guess what, we don't get Clean Installer and all that jazz so the only way to really be safe in uploading lots is to remove all your CC and just use Maxis stuff in them and package them without your CC installed. You'll never know which files you need to get rid of otherwise to just include what you used because most file names are undescriptive "junk" and you can't tell anything apart. :wacko:
Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:59 AM
Posted 25 January 2007 - 05:05 AM
Here's a pic of my neighborhood files after playing tonight. I only played Pleasantview, didn't go anywhere near neighborhood 4, but as you can see N4's main files show that they were modified today. However, N2, which is a Maxis hood & one that I have never played, remains unchanged. So I assumed the game was reading & loading & saving CC info for all lots & hoods, whether they were entered or not.:huh:
Posted 26 January 2007 - 05:26 AM
The Periwinkle Legacy - Ghost do Exist, and they are gooey...
Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:11 PM
But (not to belabor the point) the only neighborhoods that the game updates are the ones with CC (in spite of whether or not I play them). The Maxis hood that I don't play, and therefore has no CC, never gets a new modified date. So it seems tied into CC... somehow. I dunno.
Posted 20 March 2007 - 04:47 AM
"Please do not install The sims2 University in the same location where you installed the Sims2. If you do, The Sims2 University files will overwrite The Sims2 files and neither game will work properly.
By default, the installer automatically installs The Sims2 University into a separate location. If you choose to install The Sims2 University elsewhere, please make sure that it is not the same place where The Sims2 is installed.
Does this mean that the sims2 university will install in a different location automatically, or do I have to choose the location? I played the sims and I had the expansion packs, I don't remember having to make sure they were installed in a separate location. I consider the expansion packs an extension of the sims.
Can anyone explain this to me? Or tell me what I should do?
Posted 20 March 2007 - 05:38 AM
Boy, I don't remember ever reading somthing like that. How confusing. :wacko: (Unless I'm totally senile, I thought every EP updated the sims 2 with a new icon, so there is only ever one version!)
If I were you, I would use the default location chosen by the installer (sounds like it picks the correct location by default).
Then come back & let us know where it ended up!:D
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