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Sim Game Selector 3.0 Support for "Into the Future" and "Movie Stuff"

by ralphaelninja Posted 29th Mar 2013 at 4:52 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 2:43 PM by Nysha
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
A very simple and easy to use Sim Game Selector. Recently I bought all the sim EP's and found myself wanting only to launch a subset of the games. This program provides a very easy to use game select and launch.

To use this program, simply unzip the package to your desktop or to any subfolder in Windows and double click on the SimGameselector.exe program. Click yes to allow the program to make changes to your computer as this program does make changes in order to hide or uncover your installed EP's and SP's to your Sims 3 game launcher.

This program will detect all your Inatalled Expansion and Stuff Packs and will display them in a single iconic page for you to select or de-select a game for launching. You do not have to install the program, nor do you need to run it from a special directory.

Once the Sim Game Selector is launched, simply choose or unchoose the Expansion Packs or Stuff Packs Sim Games that you wish to have installed/not installed (note this game selector does not uninstall your game as it simply hides the game from Sims 3 launcher.) Once you have made your selection, you can either launch Sims 3 from the game selector itself (big launch button) or click the save menu selection and click on the x to exit and start up the Sims 3 game from outside the program.

The games that you selected are shown in the original icon colors and the games that you un-selected will be shown in grey; thus if you only want to play World Adventures, click on the remaining icons until all of icons are grey except for World Adventures; then click on the big Launch button at the bottom.

Optionally you can right click on any of the game icons to launch only that one sim game (along with the base sims 3), such as if you only want to play World Adventures Only, right click the World Adventure icon to bring up a pop up menu and click on launch World Adventure. You can also right click the big launch button too, which allows you to play only the base game without any EPs or SPs.

Uniqueness of this program is that it supports selecting all the latest EPs and SPs. in comparison to many versions that don't. Also because it doesn't create or delete any EA game directories, create a world and all mods are compatible with this sim game selector. This program is a sstand alone companion program to your Sims EP's and SP's making your launch time quicker by not having all the EPs and SPs installed everytime you play.

Update: Latest version 1.01 now includes Restore under the Save menu. This feature guarantees that you will never lose an EP/SP link due to programmer's negligence Also thanks to MaxQBaker and his testing, the latest version supports x86 (32bit) windows 8 as well as x64. Thank you all for your testing and reporting. I am happy to say that the latest version is super clean in programming due to having to making it x86 compatible.

Update: Newest Version 2.2 now supports Island Paradise and contains the arbitrary version number (greater then the last version of 1.01) in help. Otherwise nothing else has changed. Program has been very stable since initial release and if you have any problems such as having to use the task manager to cancel simgameselector, use the save function and exit simgameselect… and just use the sims 3 game launcher instead. Launching your sims game from SimGameSelector was only a convenience and is not required. Once you have saved your selections it remains the default until you re-select your games and save again.

Update: Latest Version 3.0 now supports Movie Stuff and the EP "Into the Future".
Tags: #Game, #Starter, #selection, #launch

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
SimGameSelect30.zip | latest version for movie stuff and Into the future EP

Size: 2.73 MB · Downloads: 33,496 · 16th Oct 2013
2.73 MB 33,496 16th Oct 2013
SimGameSelect22.zip | This is the newest version that supports Island Paradise.

Size: 2.52 MB · Downloads: 4,178 · 26th Jun 2013
2.52 MB 4,178 26th Jun 2013
SimGameSelectV1.01.zip | This is the second old Version that supports x86 (32 bit windows) and has a restore feature for never losing the links. Please download the newer version 2.2 for island paradise support.

Size: 2.43 MB · Downloads: 3,225 · 1st Apr 2013
2.43 MB 3,225 1st Apr 2013
SimGameSelect.zip | This is the original and older version of the SimGame Select. I left it up so you know that 700+ gamers have downloaded this and have found it safe to use. Please download the new version 2.2 to get a much more safer version.

Size: 3.79 MB · Downloads: 5,135 · 29th Mar 2013
3.79 MB 5,135 29th Mar 2013
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Instructor
#101 Old 4th Mar 2014 at 2:45 AM
Hi, I've read most of the comments, and cannot figure out if this program supports different mod configurations like Any Game Starter; for clarification, I would like to run different games with different mods installed. Any help would be appreciated. Thnx

22 I will give him the key to the house of David. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#102 Old 5th Mar 2014 at 12:27 AM
You are welcome everyone!! yes the choppiness with all eps/sp running was my main reason for creating this program and keeping it up to date with the latest EP/SP; most other programmers just disappeared without an update.

Thanks Chili46 on the gotchas and of course the issue of choppiness is solved with my program :P
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#103 Old 5th Mar 2014 at 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by babyliss
Hi, I've read most of the comments, and cannot figure out if this program supports different mod configurations like Any Game Starter; for clarification, I would like to run different games with different mods installed. Any help would be appreciated. Thnx


No, this program is really basic in that it only hides or unhides EPs/SPs from the system. Once you have hidden or unhidden the games, the settings remains permanent until you set them again; thus there are no configurations, or sets of configurations that must be remembered or stored.

Any Game Starter is much more complicated in that it groups together these configuration files which basically makes it really really confusing if you use tools like create a world.

Once you have hidden or unhidden your games, it is as though you never had those games installed. The save game structure remains the same and you can add or remove mods as you please. This keeps the function of what this program does very simple without having configuration sets that basically renames your directory and creates a big mess as you wonder where your mods went.
Test Subject
#104 Old 6th Mar 2014 at 6:17 PM
Hi! Hey, this is great, but I have a Mac… I know, I know, it's not the best for gaming but it's what I have: is there a Mac version I'm not been able to find? I did read that for Mac we should use Keka to unzip it.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#105 Old 7th Mar 2014 at 6:43 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tandrael
Hi! Hey, this is great, but I have a Mac… I know, I know, it's not the best for gaming but it's what I have: is there a Mac version I'm not been able to find? I did read that for Mac we should use Keka to unzip it.


Although I am a Mac user too, I haven't really looked into programming for Mac and it would be doubtful that I would in the future. I don't believe that there are any game selector for the mac at all.

Here is a thought... Most programs on Mac are self contained in .app packages, try renaming the ep and sp apps to some other name to see if that would remove them from being activated? Give me a shout back to see if that works?
Guest
THANKS POST
#106 Old 19th Mar 2014 at 7:11 AM
This is great for doing challenge games where certain EPs are detrimental to the rules! thanks!
Test Subject
#107 Old 10th Apr 2014 at 6:44 PM
I really don't understand why there are no instructions that make sense. I click on the file, it goes to one of my data discs, I click on it and there is no way to 'extract' anything. I'm on a Windows 7 64 bit, and I have 7zip installed.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#108 Old 10th Apr 2014 at 8:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Rikki8528
I really don't understand why there are no instructions that make sense. I click on the file, it goes to one of my data discs, I click on it and there is no way to 'extract' anything. I'm on a Windows 7 64 bit, and I have 7zip installed.


I use the tmp= path to extract the program files automatically which usually goes into the tmp folder on your c: drive. If this path is anything else, then it might be trying to extract the program data into your data discs.
dodgy builder
THANKS POST
#109 Old 18th Apr 2014 at 9:57 PM
Just throughing in my 2 cent here. I'm running the game with different game folders and change exp and stuff packs to use with each game, or perhaps even if I work on two different houses in the same folder. Remembering what packs I used on the other hand, I leave that to Google sheets

Quote:
Originally Posted by babyliss
Hi, I've read most of the comments, and cannot figure out if this program supports different mod configurations like Any Game Starter; for clarification, I would like to run different games with different mods installed. Any help would be appreciated. Thnx


I have different mods in them all, they are all totally different games with different downloads, CC, mods you name it.

Thank you very much for the restore option, I was a bit anxious there for a minute. I hope I will never need to reinstall anything.
Guest
THANKS POST
#110 Old 8th May 2014 at 8:07 AM
it's great
Test Subject
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#111 Old 21st May 2014 at 5:17 AM
This looks really great
any chance of it working for a mac?
I cant get any kind of access to origin to reinstall my expansion
thought this could be a way around it


thanks!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#112 Old 23rd May 2014 at 12:15 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kazzila
This looks really great
any chance of it working for a mac?
I cant get any kind of access to origin to reinstall my expansion
thought this could be a way around it


thanks!


try renaming the app packages to something else to see if that would keep it from showing up and vice versa (renaming it back to see if it shows up).
Instructor
THANKS POST
#113 Old 30th May 2014 at 10:15 AM
Thank you ever so much for sharing this! Now when I wish to I can play just the base game and choose which if any EP or SPs to add :-)
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#114 Old 19th Jun 2014 at 12:57 PM
it's great
Test Subject
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#115 Old 8th Jul 2014 at 4:06 PM
YEAH!!! Just what I needed, BIG THANK YOU!!!
YOU REALLY SAVED MY LIFE!!!
Test Subject
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#116 Old 12th Aug 2014 at 2:25 AM
Thanks!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#117 Old 12th Sep 2014 at 4:17 AM
Thanks
Test Subject
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#118 Old 26th Sep 2014 at 11:25 PM
My computer is so bogged down when I load in, I really needed this!
Lab Assistant
#119 Old 8th Oct 2014 at 8:04 PM
The Game Selector somehow messed up my game and computer so I was wondering if there is anyway to reverse the changes it made to my computer. Can you please help me?
Test Subject
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#120 Old 26th Oct 2014 at 6:20 PM
I have wanted something like this for a loooong time! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
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#121 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 12:37 AM
Just what I've been looking for to test out my base game only map, big thank you!
Test Subject
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#122 Old 21st Jan 2015 at 9:11 AM
AWESOME Thankyou so much now i can download all of my sims expantion packs and not have all of the gliches
Test Subject
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#123 Old 28th Jan 2015 at 3:46 PM
Thank you so much! I've been wanting something like this forever and stumbled across your's by accident, best random find ever :)
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#124 Old 10th Apr 2015 at 5:38 AM
Thank you for the thank you' thought I drop by to say hello and to see who is still playing sims 3; I might actually go back to playing sims 3 since Sims 4 pretty much closed the door on creativity...
dodgy builder
#125 Old 26th May 2015 at 9:12 AM
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Originally Posted by ralphaelninja
Thank you for the thank you' thought I drop by to say hello and to see who is still playing sims 3; I might actually go back to playing sims 3 since Sims 4 pretty much closed the door on creativity...


I have been using this for a long time now, and it works a treat. I agree on ts4, it's really not for creative people, and I don't like being told what to do with cheats and stuff. I would have liked cfe, but apparently someone has decided it's too unstabil.
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ralphaelninja also recommends you check the following:

This program is self-contained and requires no additional install instructions. Just unzip on your desktop or even in your download directory and double click on SimGameSelector.exe and it will automatically run. Click yes to allow it to make changes to your computer as it needs to hide or unhide games from Sims 3 Launcher