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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: 33,863 · 16th Oct 2013
2.73 MB 33,863 16th Oct 2013
SimGameSelect22.zip | This is the newest version that supports Island Paradise.

Size: 2.52 MB · Downloads: 4,188 · 26th Jun 2013
2.52 MB 4,188 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: 3,228 · 1st Apr 2013
2.43 MB 3,228 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: 5,143 · 29th Mar 2013
3.79 MB 5,143 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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Lab Assistant
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#76 Old 1st Aug 2013 at 7:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Wouter92
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!


Try renaming the app and see if that works? perhaps it is as simple as moving the app to another folder and moving it back when needed?
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#77 Old 1st Aug 2013 at 7:20 PM
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Originally Posted by lezard86
You know who superman and batman were ? Heroes. You are much more than that. Thank you very much for this fantastic tool ! :D


I appreciate the comparison to Batman and Superman… thank you
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#78 Old 23rd Aug 2013 at 7:20 PM
Thank you so much! just the thing i was looking for. specially when i cant run the sims 3 with all the expansion packs at once.
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#79 Old 13th Oct 2013 at 4:53 PM
Hi :-)
Could you please also make a version which supports Movie Stuff Pack?
Because I want to create a world which only uses Pets and Showtime but I don't want to deinstall Movie Stuff Pack...

Regards Jawusa :-)
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#80 Old 15th Oct 2013 at 1:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jawusa
Hi :-)
Could you please also make a version which supports Movie Stuff Pack?
Because I want to create a world which only uses Pets and Showtime but I don't want to deinstall Movie Stuff Pack...

Regards Jawusa :-)


So I finally got around to buying the Movie Stuff Pack at a discount and will be adding it to the utility within the next couple of days.
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#81 Old 16th Oct 2013 at 11:32 PM
V3.0 now supports Movie Stuff as well there is a possibility that it should support "Into the Future" as well; however we won't know until the EP is released on the 22nd. I'm not sure if I will buy the game straight out of the gate, but if I don't, I would appreciate anyone that does get it early to see if V3.0 identifies the EP correctly.
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#82 Old 6th Nov 2013 at 6:13 PM
I am pleased to tell you that It works for ITF for me aswell
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#83 Old 6th Nov 2013 at 7:50 PM
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Originally Posted by LenaLJ
I am pleased to tell you that It works for ITF for me aswell


well then.... I am pleased to hear that it works for ITF... now I can simply wait till ITF goes on sale for half price

I've been waiting patiently for you to tell me....

Thank you....
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#84 Old 8th Nov 2013 at 4:20 AM
You, my future friend, are a genius.
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#85 Old 8th Nov 2013 at 8:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Sabri5
You, my future friend, are a genius.


Thank you
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#86 Old 8th Dec 2013 at 9:51 PM
thanks bunches
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#87 Old 9th Dec 2013 at 10:38 PM
you are welcome bunches
dodgy builder
#88 Old 29th Dec 2013 at 12:32 PM
I'm on the last patch and just reporting back that it seems to work with caw. I only had a few objects to choose from when I entered caw to test earlier.
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#89 Old 31st Dec 2013 at 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Volvenom
I'm on the last patch and just reporting back that it seems to work with caw. I only had a few objects to choose from when I entered caw to test earlier.


much appreciated Volvenom...
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#90 Old 2nd Jan 2014 at 4:38 PM
I was looking for a base game starter program so I could build a base game lot without using EP/SP wall papers and patterns by mistake. I am going to give this a chance to work it's magic for me. Thank you.
I am guessing that if I go into a saved game and choose "save as" right away, then reverting to my old game won't lose EP traits of my binned Sims. I will "save as" my current game first. Then, use your tool just to make sure I have a game that wasn't opened with this. Hopefully, I won't lose the other stuff.
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#91 Old 3rd Jan 2014 at 3:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Ciane
I was looking for a base game starter program so I could build a base game lot without using EP/SP wall papers and patterns by mistake. I am going to give this a chance to work it's magic for me. Thank you.
I am guessing that if I go into a saved game and choose "save as" right away, then reverting to my old game won't lose EP traits of my binned Sims. I will "save as" my current game first. Then, use your tool just to make sure I have a game that wasn't opened with this. Hopefully, I won't lose the other stuff.


There are always a lot of caveats when using a program like mine and definitely not a fault of my program, mind you, but a fault of the way that the Sims expansion packs have been designed.

For example, if I find a green alien in university and create a cloned family around this alien, then save. As long as University is installed, the alien family will retain all the alien traits. However, if you remove university and if you load up the alien family, you will find that the family is now simply a normal family that is green, without any alien trait. Saving the family will completely remove the alien trait forever, even though you re-instate University. Now all this was tested when university came out. For all I know, the base game may now contain all the traits of all the eps and the University EP is just another shell.

Of course you may think that this is a given, but saving and reloading with different expansion packs will definitely tax your grey matter as furniture and other by-products are replaced with similar items and some families end up invisible because the clothing you used have been de-installed.

Just remember to backup your whole EA directory and if you get into trouble, just point your finger towards Sanfrancisco
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#92 Old 21st Jan 2014 at 8:28 PM
This works great for doing the Dynasty Challenges from Carls Sims 3. Thank you so much.
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#93 Old 22nd Jan 2014 at 3:35 PM
Danke
Ich hoffe,damit bekomme ich meine sims wieder zum laufen
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#94 Old 23rd Jan 2014 at 1:47 PM
Thank You!
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#95 Old 1st Feb 2014 at 11:28 PM
Thank you this is great to have! Downloaded easily and is running smoothly.
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#96 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 11:54 AM
I visit here every few days to soak in the thank yous.... thank you for taking the time to Thank you. As to downloading easily you have thank Mod the Sims for that, but as to the program running smoothly, I accept your thank you graciously.

Thank you again for taking the time to thank you...
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#97 Old 13th Feb 2014 at 7:51 AM
thx~
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#98 Old 2nd Mar 2014 at 12:51 PM
This comes in very handy. Thank you.
Test Subject
#99 Old 2nd Mar 2014 at 4:12 PM
Thanks, Ralphael! This works great. Just a few gotchas to watch out for. Disabling an EP will disable the CC for that EP (just the way it is and not caused by your program). Saving a new game with a reference to what EPs you are using (or not using) allows you to switch back and forth retaining all CC. I need this because Into The Future was very choppy/laggy with my other EPs running at the same time. This appears to have solved that issue. Still need a little more time to say for sure, but the initial finding is that it has helped.

Thanks again!!!
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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