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Servo from The Sims 2

by Esmeralda Posted 21st Feb 2010 at 9:19 PM - Updated 6th Feb 2015 at 10:55 AM by Esmeralda : Some changes to text
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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.
UPDATE: Since uploading this sim, I've seen screenshots of him in people's games where his head looks very wide rather than narrow as it should be. If that happens to you, try adjusting the head width slider in CAS to make his head narrower. I think this might be happening if someone uses a default sim and puts the head on it, rather than the customised narrow-headed sim I made for this purpose. The head should really only be used with my own Servo sim, otherwise unexpected problems can occur!

For those of you who, like myself, missed having this cute little robot housekeeper from The Sims 2, here is a conversion of him for The Sims 3 to do your household chores:

If you prefer a female robot, the body is enabled for both genders, and a female head is also included - see pic on far right below:

Servo is found in the Adult Male section of the Sim Bin, with a default name of 'Servo Male'. The 'body' (in case he shows up with a human body in your game), is in the Full Outfits in CAS, in all categories. The 'head' is in Hat Hairs. If you want a female Servo, change his gender to female and go to the Hat Hairs to find the head. (The head and body are NOT enabled for 'Random', so you shouldn't get townies wearing them!)

Please note that if you change Servo to female or he/she ages to Elder, you must change the footwear for all outfits to Barefoot - otherwise shoe textures will appear on the robot's back and arms! Changing footwear to barefoot will get rid of the texture.

Traits: Green Thumb, Handy, Natural Cook, Neat, Never Nude. (Servo MUST have the Never Nude trait in order for his/her head and body to stay on when bathing - otherwise he/she will turn into a human with blue skin and a very skinny head.)

As well as chores, Servos also enjoy chatting about science and their favourite foods, and are not averse to a little dance.

The body and head are recolourable/patternable, separately. So if you feel you really must inflict indignities on your Servo such as the pic at the far right below, you can do so. And finally, at the end of the day, they like a nice hot shower followed by WD40 and then to bed to dream little robot dreams.


UPDATE: IF YOU HAVE AMBITIONS AND WANT TO HAVE SERVO BECOME A SIMBOT: Using a mod that lets you take sims back into CAS, such as Awesomod or Master Controller, take a simbot into CAS and 'dress' it in the Servo head and body. The head may be too wide unless you use a slider range multiplier (otherwise you might not be able to make it narrow enough), but slider range multipliers come with Awesomod and Master Controller, so you're already covered for that if you have one of those mods.

Technical Notes
This is just a regular sim wearing the body as clothing and the head as Hat Hair, but by assigning the above traits, it behaves like you'd expect a Servo to behave, going around the house making beds, cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, etc. Although not a true TS2 servo, it's pretty convincing. The main notable difference is that they sleep rather than recharge.

UPDATE for those who have asked what happens if the female servo gets pregnant: I didn't foresee anyone wanting to get a robot pregnant, but I should not have underestimated the wild imagination of the Sims community! It's now reported that the body turns into a human pregnant female but the robot head stays on. If you want the robot body to stay, open the body .package in CAS Texture Unitool and go to the Part Category tab, click 'Valid For Maternity', click 'Commit', and then Save. (Note that the robot body won't get fatter!)

ISSUES: Due the large forearms, sometimes the forearm near the wrist will clip into dishes and so on, while carrying it, such as can be seen in the food preparation screenshots above. Also, trying to assign finger joints resulted in horrible looking in-game hand animations, so his fingers and hand are all assigned to the Hand joint and therefore his fingers don't curl.

I hope you'll find this fun in your game - I'm having fun playing with him - and please let me know if any issues, though I've tested him thoroughly without any problems.


INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

Unzip the .zip file and you'll have one file that ends in .sim and others which end in .package. Simply copy the .sim file to your 'Saved Sims' folder which is in your Documents folder under Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\SavedSims, then copy the .package files to your Mods\Packages folder.

If you don't have a Mods\Packages folder and/or don't know how to install .package files, please see full instructions here: http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php...g_Package_Files

If you don't have a SavedSims folder, you need to just create one yourself in the \Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 folder.

Mesh Poly Counts
Servo Body: 2944
Male Servo Head: 412
Female Servo Head: 497

Custom Content by Me:
- Female head for Servo
- Male head for Servo
- Servo body, male and female

Additional Credits:
MY BIGGEST AND MOST GRATEFUL AND ETERNAL THANKS GO TO BLOOMSBASE for his very kind help in advising me how it might be possible to go about converting a TS2 body mesh for TS3. His advice was absolutely right, and if it hadn't been for his help, this sim would probably never have made it this far. THANK YOU so much!

Made with the magnificent CTU: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=364926
Tags: #servo, #robot

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
Servo_ByEsmeraldaF.zip | FIXED version of body, August 2010 - leg glitch when zooming out (normally only visible when running TS3 at less than max detail) fixed

Size: 1.30 MB · Downloads: 26,247 · 21st Feb 2010
1.30 MB 26,247 21st Feb 2010
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2. Select the .sim file you got from extracting.
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Mad Poster
#26 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:28 AM
wtf? why isn't this featured? truely baffling.

This is some truely AMAZING work. I appreciate all the time, effort and frustration you put into making this. I agree with someone above who said this has to be one of the greatest creations on the site. Excellent job, I can't thank you enough!

Does anyone know if it's possible to replace the ingame maids with these servos? I don't know much about modding so forgive me if I sound ingnorant, just wodering
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#27 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:35 AM Last edited by EsmeraldaF : 22nd Feb 2010 at 10:24 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackCat007
I mean they do not bend when he uses something, look at a screenshot where he cleans a toilet. If you'll cut them off, there will be normal sim hands visible at the end of the sleeves. Then you can put gloves on them (from accessories page) and they will look right and bend normally. Hope this is more clear :P


If I cut his hands off, there will be NO hands at the ends of the sleeves! A body mesh includes body, hands, neck, everything except head and feet (although I left the shoes attached in this case), and they all have to have their bones assigned to relevant joints. If you cut a part of the body off, it doesn't make the part that's been cut off bend normally, because it won't be there and so there will be no joint assignments! (And I suspect that may also crash your game, although I haven't tried it!)

There isn't a joint assignment that enables a sim to bend its hand, at least not in Milkshape which is the program used for meshing The Sims. You assign the whole hand to 'Hand' and then you can map each finger separately, but when I tried to map this body's fingers separately, the hand/finger animations looked terrible in-game, hence in the end I had to assign it all to 'Hand' and therefore the fingers don't bend. There are a couple of parts of the body I had to assign less than ideally, as they looked bad in motion otherwise, so a few compromises had to be made to get this to work. I'm actually surprised it came out as well as it did.
Mad Poster
#28 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:38 AM
Holy wowwww...this hurts my brain, the amount of work you must have put into this...

Most excellent!!
Test Subject
#29 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:39 AM
I can not tell you how thankfull I am for this. I have ben waiting for this for a LONG long time. If only it was an item instead of an actual sim though. :\
Ms. Byte
#30 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:49 AM
A beautiful job - really amazing work and I shudder to think of the amount of time and effort you must have put into this.
Test Subject
#31 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:50 AM
You are amazing! I was just saying that I missed my servo from the last game.
Instructor
#32 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 1:04 AM
What will happen if a female "servo" gets pregnant. Is the robot mesh enabled for pregnancy?
Lab Assistant
#33 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 1:11 AM
Omg This Is Awesome Thank You
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#34 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 1:29 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by simtastic2
What will happen if a female "servo" gets pregnant. Is the robot mesh enabled for pregnancy?


It's not, as I hadn't envisioned the idea of robots getting pregnant! I don't know for sure what would happen, I haven't played a pregnancy in TS3, but if it's the same as TS2 where the game replaces the normal body with a default pregnant mesh, the servo will become a pregnant human body for the duration, I guess! (With blue skin, which is what I set the underlying skin to.)
Scholar
#35 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 2:25 AM
Wow, this is outstanding! When I first saw this I literally said out loud, "Wow, that is soo cool!" . Haha, this is just great!

Thank you
Field Researcher
#36 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 3:20 AM
So is it a full outfit or a top and a bottom? Could I have a normal human with robot legs or a robot with human legs?

Human beings are a very irrational species. Some of them are even afraid of pickles.
Inventor
#37 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 3:35 AM
Ahahahaha awesome! I LOVED Servo! It's great to see him again! Great work :D
Theorist
#38 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 4:09 AM
Oh I love you so much right now!!!

I probably would have given it the Hydrophobic trait though!

Hi I'm Paul!
Test Subject
#39 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 4:37 AM
OMG, I use servos regulary in my sims 2 legacy, now i can completely bring back my core 4 sims back to sims 3, thanks!!
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 5:18 AM
This is amazing! Thanks a lot! Wouldn't it be awesome if there were NPCs with this outfit that acted like Servo too? XD

My experimental TS3 Tumblr: Aeschere - Sims³
Test Subject
#41 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 5:58 AM
I don't have a saved Sims folder in Documents -Electronic Arts The Sims. What do I do?
Lab Assistant
#42 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 6:36 AM
how sweet! Yessss, HAS to be featured!!!

Hoffnung ist nicht die Gewissheit dass etwas gut ausgeht, sondern dass es Sinn macht, egal wie es ausgeht. (W.Havel)
- I try to translate - who finds errors can keep them ;-) :
"Hope is not being sure for a good end, but that it has sense, whatever comes."
Pic by ebekastein @ yahoo.co.uk
Lab Assistant
#43 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 6:38 AM
Perfect! Wow, wow, wow. I am speechless. Thanky you very much for converting and sharing. Luv it.
Scholar
#44 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 9:16 AM
Goodness Grief I love servo to death. it's perfect and you put your soul into this and a big round of applause for base1980 as well
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#45 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 9:57 AM Last edited by EsmeraldaF : 22nd Feb 2010 at 10:08 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by whoden
So is it a full outfit or a top and a bottom? Could I have a normal human with robot legs or a robot with human legs?


As I already stated in the Overview page, it is a full outfit, found under the Full Outfits category in CAS.

If you want a horrible human-robot hybrid, all you can do is give it a human head and robot body, or a robot head and human body! (But the head-to-neck attachment may have gaps in that case.)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robodl95
I probably would have given it the Hydrophobic trait though!


You can *change* any trait you want to. Just not the 'Never Nude' one, though, if you don't want a horrible sight every time he bathes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BoggerBut
I don't have a saved Sims folder in Documents -Electronic Arts The Sims. What do I do?


If you don't already have one, then you just make one. In the above-mentioned The Sims 3 folder in your documents folder, create a folder called SavedSims (no space between Saved and Sims) and put the .sim file in there.


To everyone else: Thank you for your thanks and comments, it's very appreciated - this was a real labour of love and so hard to get working, hope you have fun with it!
Field Researcher
#46 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 10:25 AM
Sorry. I must've skipped that line.

Human beings are a very irrational species. Some of them are even afraid of pickles.
Field Researcher
#47 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 11:39 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
If I cut his hands off, there will be NO hands at the ends of the sleeves! A body mesh includes body, hands, neck, everything except head and feet (although I left the shoes attached in this case), and they all have to have their bones assigned to relevant joints. If you cut a part of the body off, it doesn't make the part that's been cut off bend normally, because it won't be there and so there will be no joint assignments! (And I suspect that may also crash your game, although I haven't tried it!)

There isn't a joint assignment that enables a sim to bend its hand, at least not in Milkshape which is the program used for meshing The Sims. You assign the whole hand to 'Hand' and then you can map each finger separately, but when I tried to map this body's fingers separately, the hand/finger animations looked terrible in-game, hence in the end I had to assign it all to 'Hand' and therefore the fingers don't bend. There are a couple of parts of the body I had to assign less than ideally, as they looked bad in motion otherwise, so a few compromises had to be made to get this to work. I'm actually surprised it came out as well as it did.


Wow, this is totally over my head. Thank you for all this hard job! The servo still looks amazing and its great to play with it in game! If anything else, his palms do look more robotic this way and I can pretend he has a special magnets installed to help him grab things :p

By the way, you are futured on My Sims 3 Blog and SimPrograms. Congratulations!
Forum Resident
#48 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 11:45 AM
WOW Esmeralda this is my fav download from you and no1 from ts3 downloads! awesome idea and love idea about changing colors! thank you so much for all the hard work!you are the best
Lab Assistant
#49 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:20 PM
This is great, thanks a lot.
I remember sending my sims to that "robot table" all day back in TS2. =) Finally he mastered the skill and DUN DUN Servo!!!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#50 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackCat007
Wow, this is totally over my head. Thank you for all this hard job! The servo still looks amazing and its great to play with it in game! If anything else, his palms do look more robotic this way and I can pretend he has a special magnets installed to help him grab things :p

By the way, you are futured on My Sims 3 Blog and SimPrograms. Congratulations!


Thanks! Yes, I think stiff little metal robot hands look more authentic than fully-flexing human looking ones anyway. I knew about the My Sims 3 Blog feature but not the Simsprograms one, thanks for the link!

Quote:
Originally Posted by tish85
WOW Esmeralda this is my fav download from you and no1 from ts3 downloads! awesome idea and love idea about changing colors! thank you so much for all the hard work!you are the best


Thank you! I haven't seen any new stuff by you for a while, hope to see something new soon as I love your unusual creations!

Quote:
Originally Posted by clsin
This is great, thanks a lot.
I remember sending my sims to that "robot table" all day back in TS2. =) Finally he mastered the skill and DUN DUN Servo!!!


Ha ha, yes, in TS2 my sim-self was fully skilled in robot-making and she enjoyed making a few of these beauties!
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