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

by ralphaelninja Posted 29th Mar 2013 at 5:52 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:43 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 | latest version for movie stuff and Into the future EP

Size: 2.73 MB · Downloads: 33,934 · 16th Oct 2013
2.73 MB 33,934 16th Oct 2013 | This is the newest version that supports Island Paradise.

Size: 2.52 MB · Downloads: 4,190 · 26th Jun 2013
2.52 MB 4,190 26th Jun 2013 | 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: 3,229 · 1st Apr 2013
2.43 MB 3,229 1st Apr 2013 | 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: 5,146 · 29th Mar 2013
3.79 MB 5,146 29th Mar 2013
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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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Test Subject
#126 Old 17th Jun 2015 at 7:20 PM
can you make this work for Macs?
Test Subject
#127 Old 29th Jun 2015 at 5:11 PM
Just what i always wanted - great!!!!!!!!!
Test Subject
#128 Old 11th Aug 2015 at 9:58 PM
In the description it mentions that mods will work, but no matter what I do, nothing ever shows up in the game. The script mods window never shows up like it does in the regular game, so I'm stuck dealing with the basic game which we all know is buggy and now my inventory is full of stuck bills.
Test Subject
#129 Old 20th Aug 2015 at 11:19 PM
I tried to use this, but when I open it everything just shows up grey. I have almost every expansion pack except Generations, University Life and Late Night. Do I have to have all of the expansions and stuff packs? I click on every icon and none show up in color. I'm very confused.
Test Subject
#130 Old 28th Aug 2015 at 6:52 PM
Thank you for this mod, it is brilliant and works like a dream! However, do you know of any mods similar to this one for Sims 2?
Lab Assistant
#131 Old 1st Nov 2015 at 5:08 PM

Been an avid user of this mod for ages. Thank you. It worked wonderfully in Win 8 and Win 8.1 (x64-bit), but as soon as I upgraded to Win 10 it stopped working. It opens the UI but as soon as I click to disable a game it goes all white and I have to force close it. Just a heads up for people with Win 10.

Anybody else with this problem?
Top Secret Researcher
#132 Old 27th Nov 2015 at 12:00 PM
Thanks for this!It might allow me to do b\se game builds without using EP stuff by accident.
Test Subject
#133 Old 24th Dec 2015 at 4:54 PM
Thank you this is amazing!
Test Subject
#134 Old 7th Feb 2016 at 5:19 PM
Thank you so much for taking time to create this wonderful tool for us to use for our game. Without yours and many others ingenuity, we would all go crazy with a the little "Ticks" EA hasn't ironed out in the Sims 3.
Test Subject
#135 Old 12th Feb 2016 at 12:51 PM
Thank you so much !!! Works great on my windows 7, and very simple to use !! Thank you again :D
#136 Old 9th Mar 2016 at 1:35 AM Last edited by Sonshine : 9th Mar 2016 at 4:32 AM.
I am having a problem. I d/led this mod and disabled ITF for a challenge, but now that I have ITF re-enabled, all of my games using that ep are still grayed out in the launcher or game loading window. How do I get my games back? Will they come back if I uninstall the Game selector? Speaking of uninstalling it, do I just delete it? Thanks!

I just wanted to edit here. I had disabled this pack through this program and now when I look for it, it is completely gone and missing. I never uninstalled ITF.
Test Subject
#137 Old 6th May 2016 at 12:02 AM
Looks pretty cool!
Test Subject
#138 Old 27th Jul 2016 at 1:35 AM
ok so i downloaded this with the intentions of disabling the Island Paradise expansion but i realized that this doesn't work with the Steam Version of the game, it doesn't detect anything. but i am just assuming that your program just edits the windows registry to disable and enable the expansions so it would make sense that it doesn't work because the steam versions registry keys are in a different location
if you intend to add support for the steam version the registry location is 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sims(Steam)' if not oh well i managed to backup and disable the expansion myself, awesome program though
Lab Assistant
#139 Old 27th Aug 2016 at 9:50 AM
thank you
Top Secret Researcher
#140 Old 10th Sep 2016 at 6:20 PM
thanks. I will see if this works on 1.69
Test Subject
#141 Old 18th Sep 2016 at 8:14 AM
Originally Posted by Emmett Brown
thanks. I will see if this works on 1.69

You do realize that the new launcher that comes with patch 1.69 does the exact same thing this mod does.
Test Subject
#142 Old 6th Oct 2016 at 3:16 PM
Simple but usefull! Tvm
Test Subject
#143 Old 7th Dec 2016 at 1:02 PM
Silly me! I downloaded all three before I realized they were just updated versions of the same thing!.. thanks again for your time and skill set :)
Top Secret Researcher
#144 Old 7th Nov 2017 at 8:44 PM
How does it work? Change the registry and rename the EP/SPs directories?

I used it all the time with an Origin 1.67 install. Fails with a steam install.
Test Subject
#145 Old 12th Nov 2017 at 3:24 AM
Originally Posted by Emmett Brown
How does it work? Change the registry and rename the EP/SPs directories?

I used it all the time with an Origin 1.67 install. Fails with a steam install.

You'd have to find a way to get around the block on 3rd party app hook calls most of which with but a few exceptions are blocked by Steamworks.
Test Subject
#146 Old 27th Nov 2017 at 12:15 AM
Hi, It will not work properly when installed. All the game packs are greyed out and will not change. My game is patch to 1.69, however Origin's Launcher is giving me problems. By not showing all my packs in the launcher when they are installed. That's why I tried to use this mod as a solution to the problem. Which it unfortunately does not work.
Test Subject
#147 Old 17th Dec 2017 at 10:41 PM
Since it was last updated in 2013, I guess there's no way for this to work with Steam version? Any Game Starter works with Steam, but not with the newest expansions... This is what I get for playing outdated game : }
Test Subject
#148 Old 24th Jan 2018 at 2:49 AM
I like this tool! A little technical explanation would be nice in description too. I figured out myself how it works:

Upon unselection of extension (World Adventures in this case) and pressing save, it moves registry keys:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Electronic Arts\Sims\The Sims 3 World Adventures
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Sims\The Sims 3 World Adventures

To the backup path at:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Electronic Arts\Sims.BK\The Sims 3 World Adventures\ergc
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Sims.BK\The Sims 3 World Adventures

Upon restore, it restores selected registry keys if they exist in the backup path.

This tool does work well with standalone Sims 3 installation. For those who have Steam of Origin version of the game and tool doesn't work, you could try to search need reg keys for your configuration and do manually the same. I understand it could be too difficult for regular user.
Test Subject
#149 Old 14th Feb 2020 at 2:39 AM
Test Subject
#150 Old 21st Dec 2020 at 10:24 AM
Not even working in 1.67 in 2020
everything is greyed out and cannot do anything.. maybe broken
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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