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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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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: 33,933 · 16th Oct 2013
2.73 MB 33,933 16th Oct 2013
SimGameSelect22.zip | 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
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: 3,229 · 1st Apr 2013
2.43 MB 3,229 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: 5,146 · 29th Mar 2013
3.79 MB 5,146 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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#51 Old 2nd Apr 2013 at 11:34 AM
This is a wonderful tool. I have tried it and it works lawlessly or me. It was good you came up with it. Thanks
Lab Assistant
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#52 Old 2nd Apr 2013 at 5:37 PM
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Originally Posted by AdonisPluto
This is a wonderful tool. I have tried it and it works lawlessly or me. It was good you came up with it. Thanks


I didn't come up with it…. but I did improved it by supporting the latest versions of the EP and SPs out there and making it easier to use.

I'm glad you like it…
Test Subject
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#53 Old 3rd Apr 2013 at 3:04 AM
thankyou sooo much i have been waiting for this for 2 years you have just saved my computer !! no more straining my computer (i use every sp and ep at once)
Test Subject
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#54 Old 4th Apr 2013 at 4:11 AM
This seems like a really useful mod, especially to those who have invested in lots of expansion packs that do nothing but make their PC lag. Thanks.
Scholar
#55 Old 4th Apr 2013 at 4:33 AM
It ain't workin on my computer (Pc, Windows 7 32bit) (By the way that ain't my real accent) :D
Lab Assistant
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#56 Old 4th Apr 2013 at 3:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Nick-the-Greek
It ain't workin on my computer (Pc, Windows 7 32bit) (By the way that ain't my real accent) :D


It will work if you use the latest version the 1.01 one just under the old version in the download. I've left the old version in the downloads just because it still works and to let people know that hundreds of users are using the program safely.

Please download the v1.01 version and it will work with Windows 7 32bit, regardless of your accent
dodgy builder
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#57 Old 6th Apr 2013 at 12:35 AM
I just installed this one. I was wondering if it was possible to make something I could use with CAW. Like say it makes a new game folder for me, so I can activate CAW and run EIG with the exp and stuff packs I want in my world.

Another thing I wanted to say is, my game frequently crash and when I have to close it with alt+ctrl+del, I can't open it again. Apparently it wasn't properly closed so it asks if I would like to wait. I guess I have to restart the comp then. Would that be possible to fix?
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#58 Old 6th Apr 2013 at 4:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Volvenom
I just installed this one. I was wondering if it was possible to make something I could use with CAW. Like say it makes a new game folder for me, so I can activate CAW and run EIG with the exp and stuff packs I want in my world.

Another thing I wanted to say is, my game frequently crash and when I have to close it with alt+ctrl+del, I can't open it again. Apparently it wasn't properly closed so it asks if I would like to wait. I guess I have to restart the comp then. Would that be possible to fix?


One of the reasons that I did not integrate my utility with auto renaming the Electronic Arts Folder is that you can do that yourself quit easily. Just rename the "Electronic Arts" folder to whatever you want and have the Sims 3 game create a new one for you. When you want to change back to your old saved games, simply swap the names of the folders.

Yes, I know that I could automate this and I perhaps I might create a profile system like another program does. Let me think about this and perhaps I could make it a little more elegant then simply a rename procedure.

In regards to the closing of your game with alt+ctrl+del, the Sim Game selector should still be on your desktop somewhere and if you cannot see it, use alt-tab to tab to it. If you still cannot find it, right-click the taskbar and start task manager and look for "SimGameSelect.exe *32 under the Process tab and right click the process and click either "go to service" or "end process".
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#59 Old 6th Apr 2013 at 8:05 PM
Thank you so much! I have WA, AMB, LN, Pets, and Seasons. As soon as I installed
Seasons my game played fine for 30 minutes and then stalled indefinitely. (Which I figured was due to lack of ram left over.) This is very useful because now I can knock out EP's I don't need like WA and free up memory! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 3:15 PM
Hi, this sounds awesome and I want to try it but I was wondering about something. If I want to only play with Seasons and I have built a house that has items from another expansion pack or stuff pack (lets say Pets or Outdoor Living Stuff for instance) will that stuff be replaced by something from the Base Game or will it still appear?
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#61 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 4:59 PM
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Originally Posted by SIMCITIZEN4
Hi, this sounds awesome and I want to try it but I was wondering about something. If I want to only play with Seasons and I have built a house that has items from another expansion pack or stuff pack (lets say Pets or Outdoor Living Stuff for instance) will that stuff be replaced by something from the Base Game or will it still appear?


If you are using stuff that is not part of the current selection of EP/SP, then yes those items will be replaced with base game items such as windows, doors etc. The university introduction basket is replaced with a Gnome. Even Aliens from seasons if you abduct them into your family will simply change into green sims.

If you don't save and you simply play and exit the game, the items will be there when you add back the EP/SP or you can save to a new game then you can have two versions.
dodgy builder
#62 Old 9th Apr 2013 at 2:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ralphaelninja
One of the reasons that I did not integrate my utility with auto renaming the Electronic Arts Folder is that you can do that yourself quit easily. Just rename the "Electronic Arts" folder to whatever you want and have the Sims 3 game create a new one for you. When you want to change back to your old saved games, simply swap the names of the folders.

Yes, I know that I could automate this and I perhaps I might create a profile system like another program does. Let me think about this and perhaps I could make it a little more elegant then simply a rename procedure.

In regards to the closing of your game with alt+ctrl+del, the Sim Game selector should still be on your desktop somewhere and if you cannot see it, use alt-tab to tab to it. If you still cannot find it, right-click the taskbar and start task manager and look for "SimGameSelect.exe *32 under the Process tab and right click the process and click either "go to service" or "end process".


I do have different folders now, I guess caw use the game settings so I can have a folder and run this program along side caw and eig, thanks I didn't think about that. I'll check out the other one as well.
Test Subject
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#63 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 9:43 PM
Hi! Can I play The Sims 3 Only with your mod? Thanks in advance
Test Subject
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#64 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 9:46 PM
Oh, I guess I can since I can select or unselect an expansion pack. Thank you for this
Lab Assistant
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#65 Old 23rd Apr 2013 at 2:45 AM
you are quite welcome for this… I'm currently still playing only the base game despite the fact that I bought every ep/sp during EA half price sale. The option to quickly load all ep/sp is a blessing.
Test Subject
#66 Old 24th Apr 2013 at 2:48 AM Last edited by abstractillusioniste : 24th Apr 2013 at 3:59 AM.
I have a question about disabling the Pets expansion...what happens to pets in households? If I add the Pets expansion back, then will I have my pets back with no problems at all? Is there a chance that I will lose all progress with them (like hunting stats and such)?
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#67 Old 24th Apr 2013 at 8:39 AM
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Originally Posted by abstractillusioniste
I have a question about disabling the Pets expansion...what happens to pets in households? If I add the Pets expansion back, then will I have my pets back with no problems at all? Is there a chance that I will lose all progress with them (like hunting stats and such)?


If I remember correctly, if you save your family without the pets and pets EP, you will lose your pets even if you add pets back in. Also if you have aliens, vampires etc in your family, your alien member converts into a normal sim but stays looking like an alien but without the alien attribute.

Just don't play with your family that has pets if you disable your pets ep, or at least don't save.
Test Subject
#68 Old 25th Apr 2013 at 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by ralphaelninja
If I remember correctly, if you save your family without the pets and pets EP, you will lose your pets even if you add pets back in. Also if you have aliens, vampires etc in your family, your alien member converts into a normal sim but stays looking like an alien but without the alien attribute.

Just don't play with your family that has pets if you disable your pets ep, or at least don't save.


Okay, I get it now Thanks so much for replying so fast
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#69 Old 27th Apr 2013 at 2:16 AM
Love it, thanks.
Test Subject
#70 Old 30th May 2013 at 2:10 AM
I think this is a great program but i can't use it because i have a mac could u please try it on a different platform? if not don't worry but i think it looks great !
Test Subject
#71 Old 20th Jun 2013 at 10:05 PM
Thanks for this tool! It works great.
The only issue I've had is I can't exit buy/build mode to go back into live mode without the game freezing on me. I then have to end the process in task manager to get it to close.
I'm not sure if it's just me, but it might be worth looking into.
Again, thank you!
Lab Assistant
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#72 Old 26th Jun 2013 at 3:07 AM
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Originally Posted by TayThePanda
Thanks for this tool! It works great.
The only issue I've had is I can't exit buy/build mode to go back into live mode without the game freezing on me. I then have to end the process in task manager to get it to close.
I'm not sure if it's just me, but it might be worth looking into.
Again, thank you!


If your game is freezing and you need to end the process in task manager, you might try using just the save function (under save) then exit the simgameselect program and just using the normal The Sims 3 launcher.
Lab Assistant
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#73 Old 26th Jun 2013 at 3:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Surfie163
I think this is a great program but i can't use it because i have a mac could u please try it on a different platform? if not don't worry but i think it looks great !


Although I do use a mac (not for games), I have no idea how to write a program for Mac maybe someday...
Test Subject
#74 Old 30th Jul 2013 at 3:10 PM
I think this utility is great and I'm thinking about writing one for mac.
But I need to know exactly how you did hide the expansions on the PC (eg. what game files did you change etc.), so I can map this to the MAC version.

Thanks!
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#75 Old 31st Jul 2013 at 9:38 PM
You know who superman and batman were ? Heroes. You are much more than that. Thank you very much for this fantastic tool ! :D
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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