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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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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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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the sim to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sim file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\SavedSims folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game, enter Create-a-Sim, and save a sim to the sim bin to create this folder, rather than doing so manually. After that you can close the game and put the .sim file in SavedSims
4. Once the .sim file is in SavedSims, you can load the game, and look for your sim in the premade sims bin in Create-a-Sim.

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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  • If you get an error that says "This content requires expansion pack data that is not installed", please use either Clean Installer to install this sim.
 
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Banned
#76 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 1:13 AM
I believe if you check "pregnancy" in the CTU, it will be pregnant-enabled, but it won't morph.
Mad Poster
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#77 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 1:33 AM
Yes, if you feel you really must get your female servo pregnant, open the body package in CAS Texture Unitool and go to the Part Category tab, click 'Valid For Maternity', and then save. The robot body won't get fatter, but it shouldn't turn into a human body.
Instructor
#78 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 1:48 AM
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Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
Yes, if you feel you really must get your female servo pregnant, open the body package in CAS Texture Unitool and go to the Part Category tab, click 'Valid For Maternity', and then save. The robot body won't get fatter, but it shouldn't turn into a human body.


You could modify the sphere to be bigger when pregnant

Unauthorized incoming post!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#79 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 2:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Purplepaws
When I select the non-custom style or change it to the female head, the eye piece becomes brighter, and not as nice.

The metal rim of the eye remains unchanged, though. Don't know if that was intended or not, but it'd be nice if that recolored with the rest of the head.


Both issues are now fixed and the download file has been updated - please re-download! And thank you for solving the mystery as to why the male head wasn't recolouring as expected!

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Originally Posted by morten8035
You could modify the sphere to be bigger when pregnant


LOL!! If someone who knows how to do that (I don't) would like to have a go, it would be fantastic!
Scholar
#80 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 3:57 AM Last edited by Purplepaws : 23rd Feb 2010 at 5:21 AM.
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Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
Both issues are now fixed and the download file has been updated - please re-download! And thank you for solving the mystery as to why the male head wasn't recolouring as expected!


Wow, that was fast! It takes me forever to update my own files.

Will test A.S.A.P!

*Edit* Looks great, and recolors superbly! Thank you!

♦ Animal Lover, Eco Friendly, Loner, Perfectionist, Vegetarian ♦

Sensitivity is strength.
Test Subject
#81 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 7:22 AM
Thanks for all your hard work on this , and for sharing it .
Lab Assistant
#82 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 8:19 AM
looks like you beat ea to it. great :D
Test Subject
#83 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 9:03 AM
this is purely AMAZING!
robots ftw!
Test Subject
#84 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 10:18 AM
This is very impressive i did not even thought this was possible thanks for your hard work.
Test Subject
#85 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 5:11 PM
Awesome, I'm sooo gonna make a ghost servo
Banned
#86 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 7:06 PM
Whoa, I didnt even think of that. I wonder if the ghost light on the energy sphere stays intact when servo becomes a ghost?
Field Researcher
#87 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 7:15 PM
Brilliant. Thank you so much.
Test Subject
#88 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 7:22 PM
Excellent!
Lab Assistant
#89 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 7:44 PM
Brilliant! Thank you ever so much :-)
Inventor
#90 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 9:06 PM
That's unbelievable. I really don't know how you could do this - amazing work!!

You never know what’s comin’ for ya.
Test Subject
#91 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 10:41 PM
I followed your advice and the head still does not show in my game.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#92 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by brettona
I followed your advice and the head still does not show in my game.


Hmm, very strange - so you put it in Mods\Packages, but the sim is showing up in CAS with the robot body but without the robot head? And you looked in the 'Hat Hairs' section of the Hair panel, to find the robot head and have your sim 'wear' it, but it's not there? If so, I'm stumped - no-one else has had this problem, and I can't understand why it wouldn't be there. Please let me know exactly what steps you took.
Test Subject
#93 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 11:55 PM
Looks Awesome. Thank You
Field Researcher
#94 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 3:45 AM
i had sims 2 and i never heard of servo... was he only in an expansion pack? if i could get him with base game someone tell me how!
at any rate, this guy looks cool and i'm definitely downloading him for sims 3. it must've taken a long time to do so thanks for all the hard work! he shall now be my cleaning slave =)
Instructor
#95 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 3:53 AM
FRICKIN SWEET!!!! IT'S SERVO!!!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to bring here to TS3!!! Was wondering when someone was gonna create some sort of robot on here!!!!! 5 STARS AND THEN SOME!!!!

Sims 2 *Mo' addictive than a Peanut Butter and Crack Sandwich*
Test Subject
#96 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 4:24 AM
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Originally Posted by EsmeraldaF
Hmm, very strange - so you put it in Mods\Packages, but the sim is showing up in CAS with the robot body but without the robot head? And you looked in the 'Hat Hairs' section of the Hair panel, to find the robot head and have your sim 'wear' it, but it's not there? If so, I'm stumped - no-one else has had this problem, and I can't understand why it wouldn't be there. Please let me know exactly what steps you took.

well, i put the mods in the correct folder(i used winrar), i booted up the game(Lasted patch and WE, no high end stuff). I created a new neighberhood and went into CAS. I cliked the premade sim option and brought up the servo. It was mising the head but had the body and a blue tinted head with brown hair. I have no idea what is the matter
Field Researcher
#97 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 5:02 AM
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Originally Posted by iheartcowcapoos
i had sims 2 and i never heard of servo... was he only in an expansion pack? if i could get him with base game someone tell me how!
at any rate, this guy looks cool and i'm definitely downloading him for sims 3. it must've taken a long time to do so thanks for all the hard work! he shall now be my cleaning slave =)


Servo was from Open For Business, if I'm not mistaken. But you had to get the Robot Crafting Station and work your way up to him.

Human beings are a very irrational species. Some of them are even afraid of pickles.
Test Subject
#98 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 8:05 AM
When I download and try to unzip it this it comes withe the error message "Cannot open file: It does not appear to be a valid archive" Can anyone help
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#99 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 10:47 AM Last edited by EsmeraldaF : 24th Feb 2010 at 12:59 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by brettona
well, i put the mods in the correct folder(i used winrar), i booted up the game(Lasted patch and WE, no high end stuff). I created a new neighberhood and went into CAS. I cliked the premade sim option and brought up the servo. It was mising the head but had the body and a blue tinted head with brown hair. I have no idea what is the matter

Did you look in the men's Hat Hair section in CAS?

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Originally Posted by VinnieNZ
When I download and try to unzip it this it comes withe the error message "Cannot open file: It does not appear to be a valid archive" Can anyone help

The file is fine - try downloading it again, maybe something got corrupted somehow during the downloading process.

Quote:
Originally Posted by iheartcowcapoos
i had sims 2 and i never heard of servo... was he only in an expansion pack? if i could get him with base game someone tell me how!

Yes, Servo came with the 'Open For Business' expansion pack. You had to get one of your sims to buy a robot-crafting table and make one, and activate it. Once activated, it behaved mostly like a regular sim but with a few differences, such as doing all the household chores and standing outside to power down and recharge itself when it ran out of energy, rather than sleeping in a bed. It also talked in a cute robot voice that I wish it was possible to reproduce in TS3! So I gave mine the highest-pitched and nerdiest TS3 voice to try to make up for it.

If you play TS2 and don't have Open For Business but want some robots in your TS2 game, a creator called NovaL made several fantastic robots that work with just the base game - I had most of them in my TS2 game and they look great: http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=93596
Test Subject
#100 Old 24th Feb 2010 at 6:24 PM
I have tried downloading it several times, all with the same result. I used WinZIP & 7zip to open the file.
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