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The Sim Bouncer - a trampoline for fun and body skill

by NixNivis Posted 21st Apr 2013 at 2:08 PM - Updated 12th Nov 2014 at 12:56 PM by NixNivis : Added requirement info
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

TF hair by Mixexx2, skin by Rensim; AF hair by Dustfinger, skinblend by me;
CM hair by fanseelamb, clothes by fakepeeps7, skin by Rensim

I don't know about your Sims, but most of mine like to stay fit. Problem is, not all of them like to push weights on a bench press, and others think that going jogging or running on a treadmill is mind-numbingly boring. (I've tried to tell them that I used to find running quite meditative, back when I could still run, but they just scoff and say that "if I wanted meditative, I would meditate!" and they may have a point there.) Of course, for Sim kids the options are even more limited. So what's a Sim to do if he wants to increase his body skill without being bored out of his pixel skull?

Why, get a trampoline, of course! Such as...


The Sim Bouncer

With this animated one-tile trampoline, your Sims will gain body skill and have fun at the same time - and of course they'll also get fitter through the experience. If you have Free Time, they'll gain Fitness enthusiasm as well. If that isn't a win-win situation, I don't know what is.

Before they start bouncing, your Sims will automatically change into athletic wear, and when they’re finished, they’ll change back into everyday clothes. Sims with low body skill will just jump up and down, but once a Sim has three body skill points, they'll be also able to do back flips.

And once Sims are skilled enough to do flips, they're also skilled enough to teach other Sims how to do it and can offer lessons to Sims with less body skill! All Sims can teach - even children. Because if the child in the family is the best bouncer, to me it only makes sense that he or she should be able to teach Sims who aren't as good at it.

CM clothes by fakepeeps7; AM hair by AlfredAskew/HP, skin by Rensim

If your Sims are the kind who like to watch other Sims work but not quite as keen on doing the work themselves, they can instead look on and cheer when another Sim is bouncing. The watching Sim won’t gain any body skill or enthusiasm since they aren’t actually doing anything, but at least they'll have fun and be social.

Sims can and will use the Sim Bouncer autonomously, but not until they are feeling a bit blue (or yellow, rather) and are looking for something fun to do; then they'll be about as prone to use the trampoline as they are to play video games. The trampoline can be used outdoors as well as indoors, and it's also available on community lots in case you want some trampolines in your community gym. (If you are setting up a community gym, I really, really recommend getting the Community Lot Skilling and Enthusiasm mod from MATY if you don't have it already, so your Sims will actually have some body skill to show for all their hard work.)

If you have Seasons, Sims will not get warm when using this trampoline. This is by design; I want kids and adults alike to be able to use it with impunity, and I also don't want your poor Sim parents to risk having their little Simlet get whisked away by the Social Worker just because the kid decided to sneak off and do some bouncing when they weren't looking. (Of course, if your Sims are trampolining outside in the middle of summer and you don't have Mootilda's Constant Temperature for All Sims mod, they can get heatstroke anyway - but then it will be from being too long in the sun, not from excessive trampolining.)

Also, to me, this is primarily a fun activity, that just happens to have fitness as a nice bonus. Therefore, unlike other exercise equipment, it favours playful Sims, so it's playful Sims and not active ones who get the personality bonus of slightly faster skill building.


Known Issues

When children have stopped bouncing and are sitting down, as they prepare to get up from the trampoline their hands will dip into the frame for a second. I can't fix this, but it literally is only for a second; then the child places their hands properly on the frame.

If you place this trampoline next to a wall, the frame clips into the wall a little - but then why would you place a trampoline next to a wall? (Seems dangerous to me...) But if I had made it small enough that the frame didn't clip, it would have looked just plain silly, not to mention too small to be believable, so if you insist on having a wall right next to the trampoline I recommend you use snapobjectstogrid false or the M&G quartertile cheat to move the trampoline a smidgen farther away from the wall if you feel you can't live with the clipping.

Also, this object has just over 1,200 polys, which might be a bit high for some, but it really needs to be a bit high in poly to look good and function well. (As comparison, the Exerto Multipress is more than 1,600 polys/tile and all basegame living chairs except one are 1,280+ polys, so the poly count isn't excessive in any way.) Still, if you're on a slow computer you may want to limit the number of trampolines on your lot.

This object is base-game compatible, unless you have the Kitchen & Bath SP. Then, and only then, Free Time is required.

If you don't have K&B, Free Time is not required.


Polygon Counts:
1216 polys, 1295 vertices

Additional Credits:
This item was made using Blender, Milkshape, UV Mapper Pro and Photoshop 7.0.

Many thanks to my intrepid testers over at leefish.nl - u rock!

You'll find the Sim Bouncer under Hobbies -> Exercise for the price of 95 Simoleons.

Have fun, and happy simming!

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 2
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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 2:58 PM
This is so cute! You've thought of everything with this, thanks!
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#3 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 3:53 PM
This is great! Really looking forward to having an at-home inexpensive fitness activity for the whole family that they will actually enjoy. Jogging is great, but my sims have the unfortunate habit of going for 3 hour runs without regard to other obligations, like work or child care. When will they learn?
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#4 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 4:00 PM
This looks fantastic! I saw it briefly when Lee tweeted about it on Friday, but I didn't take the time to read everything then. I love how much effort you've put into this, with all the details like teaching and changing in and out of athletic wear and the fitness enthusiasm. This is a very well executed project and it will have a permanent home in my downloads folder. Thank you very much!
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#5 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 5:10 PM
This is great! Thank you so much!
Instructor
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#6 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 5:37 PM
Great idea! It's great that you created an item that allows a sim to have fun working out. Who doesn't want to have fun while getting their exercise?
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#7 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 6:44 PM
Yay, it's here Can't wait to see how it works in game.
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#8 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 8:20 PM Last edited by fakepeeps7 : 22nd Apr 2013 at 12:48 AM.
Awesome! I think there's going to be one of these in every household in my Sims' neighbourhood...

EDIT:

I've just been playing with this. My Sims are having so much fun. Just a tip, though: don't give a trampoline to your university students. Their friends who drop in monopolize the thing. For hours. In the dark. While the playable Sim is fast asleep in bed. It's kind of hilarious, actually...

My Sims won't use the trampoline if their Fun score is too low, though; they tell me they're NOT in the mood. Is this normal?
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#9 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 8:39 PM
This is absolutely fabulous, Nix!
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#10 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 8:43 PM
Nice! I don't know what to compliment you about first: kids can use it (and no fear of the social worker), it fits into compact spaces, no sims overheating, the colors (and cute design choices to boot), increases fun and physical activity... I'll just give up here and say "Thank you!" instead. :D
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#11 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 8:51 PM
Fantastic, thank you!
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#12 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 9:04 PM Last edited by Simonut : 23rd Apr 2013 at 2:47 AM.
@ > NixNivis > I must say you have really taken this Trampoline a level higher, I remember back in 2006 Creator Zookini here on MTS did a Jumpking SimTrampoline.
that version did work as well. But you have added more features to your version that will benefit the Sims.

Not only have you made it one tile as opposed to Zookini 3 tiles, but I think the poly is a bit lower with your version as well. The colors are good and I do have a community GYM to use it in thanks for the MATY link.

Thank you Nix for taking the trampoline to a much "Higher Level." for more usefulness.
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#13 Old 21st Apr 2013 at 9:53 PM
This is really cute. I don't think many of my adults will use it, but I love it for kids. A few years back there was a real trampoline boom in my country, and virtually every garden has one now if there are kids in the household. My Sims can join the hype =) Thanks for sharing!

One question, are the side-colors tied to any of the center-colors? To keep my Downloads folder slim I'd like to only get a few of the border-colors, but sometimes the two are tied so I figure I'll ask first =)
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#14 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 12:47 AM
Already let my Sims jump on that. It's really cute watching the kids having fun with that Love that item and really don't know how I could let my Sims live so long without owning a trampoline.
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#15 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 5:49 AM Last edited by mustluvcatz : 23rd Apr 2013 at 2:59 AM. Reason: enough said :)
I've been waiting a year to be able to use this final version. It was worth waiting for. Thank you Nix! This awesome trampoline kicks every other trampoline's butt.
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#16 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 7:29 AM
Very cool.
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#17 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 7:56 AM
High quality work. Love all the thought that went into it, such as changing clothes, learning, teaching, not getting warm, etc. Thank you very much. This is a must-download for me.
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#18 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 2:08 PM
I don't see why EA could of made this for the Freetime EP but thanks for making it anyway.
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#19 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 4:18 PM
So, this is one of the projects you've been working on in your secret lab! Great job, Nix! I love when you have "ideas" that spawn into creative awesomeness! My Simmies and I thank you immensely for the time and love you put into this project.
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#20 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 4:25 PM
This is awesome, Nix.. My simmies and I ty so much!
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#21 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 7:28 PM
I just tried this and it's great. I love how my sims get in shape so quick. I had one sims that was borderline out of shape. I put my sim on it and she went right back to top shape quickly.
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#22 Old 22nd Apr 2013 at 10:19 PM
Amazing Idea- Can't wait to try it with *Jiggly* sim meshes. Could be quite a laugh. Thank you for your TIME and dedication on this awesome project!
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#23 Old 23rd Apr 2013 at 12:23 PM Last edited by NixNivis : 23rd Apr 2013 at 3:45 PM. Reason: better phrasing
My, so many nice comments! Thank you, everybody! I'm absolutely thrilled that you like it, and I'm very happy that you also like the little things about it, like the changing of clothes. My personal favourite feature - apart from the bouncing itself, of course - is actually the cheering. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I work out it would be great to have someone cheering me on.

Now to the questions!

@fakepeeps7, yes, it's normal. Since this is a skilling object, it has a BHAV that checks Sims' mood before they start using it, to make sure their average motives are within an acceptable range for skilling. Unfortunately, as you noticed this also means that you can get Sims who refuse to use the fun trampoline because their fun is too low (or rather, because their fun is too low in conjunction with other moods) - which I've had happen to my own Sims and agree is completely silly. I don't want to take that BHAV out, though; then Sims could be on the verge of motive desperation and still happily bounce away (even though they'd stop when they reached actual desperation), and I don't want that. It would be possible for me to add my own custom mood check, that wouldn't take fun into consideration, but I'd have to think about it for a bit to see how best to set it up.

Hmm... something else I might be able to do is to set things up so that Sims who are in a bad mood don't gain any body skill, but just jump for fun. That would be much easier to do...

I'm going to have to ponder this for a while. Thanks for the input!


@gummilutt, no, the frame recols and the fabric recols aren't tied together in any way, so you can delete anything and everything you want. Well, except for the teal frame and the plain black fabric; that's the mesh, so the only way to get rid of those two is to delete the trampoline and I'm going to assume you don't want that.


@AriesFlare, I completely agree, who doesn't want to have fun when they exercise? Fitness and fun, it's a win-win. IIRC, Sims don't quite build fitness with the trampoline quite as quickly as they do on the bench press, but it comes close. (I have to admit I had the fitness build at a really slow pace at first, because when I thought "trampoline" I thought of the playful bouncing I did as a kid - but then a friend pointed out to me that serious trampolining can indeed be just as strenuous as pushing weights, so I turned the fitness up quite a bit to make it more realistic.)
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