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Watch TV from all chairs

by MogHughson Posted 29th Nov 2011 at 5:44 PM - Updated 30th Nov 2011 at 12:24 AM by MogHughson
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I like to make living rooms which use 45-degree angle positioned chairs or sectional sofas that turn a corner. However, these realistically positioned chairs are no use for your Sims to watch TV from which has always annoyed me.

So this is a mod that allows the watching of TV from those sorts of chairs. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, have a look at the pictures for more information. This mod also allows the watching of TV from much further back making large cinema rooms usable. From my testing, a Sim can watch TV sitting in a chair that is 10 squares back from the TV, and probably much further too.

A variety of arrangements of seating can be used now to watch TV. The picture shows a selection that I tested out, but you can no doubt find many more. Any issues with particular arrangements, let me know and provide a picture of your layout (indicating where the Front of the Lot is).

Sims will endeavour to choose the nearest chair that has a clear view of the TV. When there are a selection of chairs at the same distance to the TV they will try to pick the best viewing position first.

This mod does not work with the Base Game. You require an EP (any EP) to use it. It would seem the function that determines whether you have a clear view of the TV only works some times in the Base Game which may explain why Maxis didn't do this to start with. I have also seen it not be perfect when determining whether chairs that are not facing the TV (for example a dining chair around a dining table in the same room as the TV) with Uni as well, but the same layout works perfectly with later EPs. It seems that the function by which you determine whether you have a clear view of something - Ray Trace (0x0078wiki) - has been gradually improved by Maxis over the later EPs. Even at Uni this mod should give you benefits because you can at least use chairs that are not looking straight on at the TV, i.e. those around the sides or at angles. You may just have to watch out a little in open plan houses in early EPs for TV watching with a lot of neck craning.

While developing this I had to deal with the fact that Sims sometimes both go for the same chair, and so then the second one to arrive would go back to standing - that should now be fixed. There may be other cases that I haven't seen where Sims will revert to the old behaviour of standing to watch TV (I have kept that behaviour as a catch all) - if you see any, let me know. If you do see this, you can cancel the action of watching the TV and re-do it, to redrive looking for a decent chair to sit in. Of course, if there aren't any chairs to sit on, then standing to watch TV is by design.

A quirk I'm going to try to do something about
Have been asked why a computer desk chair, which was close to the TV, was chosen for TV watching instead of a sofa which was further away but face on. As per the current mod, this is correct - however, it is a quirk that is not perfect, so I am going to enhance this mod to make chairs that are at a desk/table less preferential unless all other chairs in the room are taken. Watch this space.

I don't know of any mods this clashes with. There is always the possibility of course, so the pertinent information for the owner of the other object is here.

Additional Credits
Quaxi for SimPEwiki.
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.

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Test Subject
#2 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:13 PM
I have wished for this so many times!! Thank you!!
#3 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:15 PM
THANK YOU! Pardon my capslocking, but this is wonderful. I hated that my sims never sat in those chairs to watch TV. This will be so useful for those who actually play the game. I love this.
Test Subject
#4 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:38 PM
FINALLY... this is one of the things that makes the sims 2 almost as good as the sims 3.. thank you thank you thank youuu ^_^
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:40 PM
This is AMAZING. Thank you so, so much for fixing one of the major piss-offs in the game!
Test Subject
#6 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:54 PM
I've always wanted something like this. Thank you! :D
Sesquipedalian Pisciform
retired moderator THANKS POST
#7 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:55 PM
MOGGGGGGGGGG. I love you. Yes I do.
Test Subject
#8 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:09 PM
This is pure awesome. My interior design no longer suffers the curse of unwatchable TVs
Thankyou so, so much xD
Field Researcher
#9 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:18 PM
You are a godsend!!! Bless you!!! This was one of my biggest pet-peaves!!! But you just made me sooooooo HAPPY!!!!
Thank you!!!
Test Subject
#10 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:20 PM
Awesome! I can actually decorate my living rooms in a more realistic way now.
Field Researcher
#11 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:23 PM
I love You. :P
#12 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:24 PM
You have no idea how much I love this! Thank you so much. =)
Test Subject
#13 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:32 PM
OH MY GOD thank you, this is what I've been waiting for
Top Secret Researcher
#14 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 8:01 PM
Another thing I didn't dare to dream about being fixed! Thank you so much, you're one of the best!
Test Subject
#15 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 8:13 PM
There are no words to describe how I'm feeling right now. This is one of those amazing things I thought I'd always have to suffer with. Thank you so much! =)
#16 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 8:45 PM Last edited by lazzybum : 29th Nov 2011 at 9:00 PM.
This is brilliant! Funny how EA never included this but it makes the most sense! Thank you very much!!

ETA: I just want to add that this may be by far one of the most important mods out there. Living rooms would look so much better now
Test Subject
#17 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:02 PM
OMG Awesome!! It's about time this mod was created. Thank you soo soo much!!
Mad Poster
#18 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:06 PM
I have a hack in my 'squinge' folder called 'SitFloorToWatchTV.package' Is there an Idiot's Guide to Looking up Stuff in (I assume) SimPE I should follow to determine if it affects the same BHAV or is it a known no conflict? I'd think that since it affects where sims sit and involves tvs there's a possibility there.
Undead Molten Llama
#19 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:09 PM
Oh, finally! Thank you soooooooooooo much!! :D
Mad Poster
#20 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:10 PM
You are my hero!
Test Subject
#21 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:12 PM
Thank you!
#22 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:15 PM
Brilliant! Thanks so much.
Mad Poster
#23 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 9:27 PM
Thank you! It never made sense that Sims had to be facing the TV to watch it!
Demon Sheep
retired moderator THANKS POST
#24 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 10:57 PM
Holy gosh. You are amazing, Mog. Simply amazing. Thank you thank you thank you!
Test Subject
#25 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 10:59 PM
Hey! I love the idea. But I was wondering, do I have to have uni? I don't, but I have OFB, AL, NL, and pets
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