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Spitballs and Glue: School Doesn't Tank Fun

by Nysha Posted 15th Jul 2011 at 1:38 AM - Updated 8th Aug 2011 at 8:00 PM by whiterider
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I don't really like kids, and nor do I like teenagers (I'm 20 now! I can say that!). The result of this is that, usually, when my sims come home from school, I send them straight off to work, tend the crops, look after a baby, or some similarly cruel task: that's great, but what's not great is the fact that, by default, school sends their fun motive so low that it takes the best part of the night to fill it up again before they'll even consider chores.

Alright, I know school isn't fun and games, but seriously, EA - it's not that bad! In fact, a sim child going to public school with their fun meter half full will return home with it completely in the red - what, do these children not know how to pass around rude drawings of their teachers in class all day?

I'm amazed that no-one has made a mod like this before, but I've searched and searched and I can't find anything: so here it is.
There are two versions: one (almost) completely cancels out the fun impact of school, so your kiddies will come home with their fun meter unchanged from when they left - this is the one I use. If you happen to view your school years with more rose-tinted glasses, I have also included a version which makes school fun, although the fun increase is still smaller than the default fun decrease. You can see the effect on a child sim studying from 9 'til 3 here:

Much more manageable, I hope.

Compatible with all (or no) EPs, affects both children and teens in both public and private school, install only one version!

This replaces the Fun motive delta for both schools. It will, technically, conflict with any default replacement schools; but I would expect minor if any problems. It won't conflict with, or affect in any way, non-replacement schools. Amongst other things, this means that this mod won't work if you use Inge's schools.

Additional Credits:
Phae, for having her help stare me in the face for half an hour before I noticed it.
Tags: #school, #fun, #private, #public, #motive, #needs

Type: Global Mods

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Sims 2
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Extra fun version.rar

Size: 213 Bytes · Downloads: 24,812 · 15th Jul 2011
213 Bytes 24,812 15th Jul 2011
No fun change version.rar

Size: 216 Bytes · Downloads: 20,246 · 15th Jul 2011
216 Bytes 20,246 15th Jul 2011
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Née whiterider
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Original Poster
#126 Old 6th Apr 2017 at 10:39 AM
I'm glad you've got it fixed!

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
#127 Old 6th Jul 2017 at 6:23 PM
Love this mod - it's been in my downloads folder so long I forgot it was there.
Lab Assistant
#128 Old 26th Apr 2018 at 10:15 PM
This seems useful but I'm so indecisive. I don't know which one to do. I feel like a mod where it's random whether it decreases, stays the same, or increases would be the best for me, but I'm going to have to make a decision!
Test Subject
#129 Old 8th Oct 2018 at 10:16 PM
Originally Posted by TruttaceousTemulence
Found the problem! It was a bug in the game itself. Now I can go back to using this wonderful mod ^^ Sorry for the confusion!
Old post, but I'll try. Do you remember what the problem was? I've been having the same issue but don't know how to resolve it.
Test Subject
#130 Old 14th May 2020 at 11:47 PM
I know it's unlikely that this mod will get updates or anything but I thought it would be cool if the fun gaining varied based on aspiration level when kids/teens leave the lot to school, like this:

* Platinum = The rates of the "Extra Fun" Mod.
* Gold = Fun but not as much as the above.
* Green = "No Change" Mod.
* Red = Negative fun but not as bad as Maxis Default.
* Lower Red = Maxis Default.
Test Subject
#131 Old 10th Aug 2020 at 10:05 PM
This has been driving me crazy, thank you sooo much for these!
Test Subject
#132 Old 12th May 2021 at 12:00 AM
This is a game changer for my kids! Thank you!
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