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Smarter choice of parent for entering college cinematic

by kestrellyn Posted 19th May 2018 at 2:43 AM - Updated 30th Oct 2018 at 3:55 AM by kestrellyn : Adding version that allows townie parents
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Update: vampires are now ineligible to be in the cinematic, since it takes place at 8 AM. I wasn't able to figure out how to disable the cinematic entirely for vampire teens, so it's up to you to remember to disable cinematics before sending your vampires to college.

Do your sims have absentee dads, or sperm donors, or just parents that they really hate? If so, you've probably seen someone completely inappropriate sending your teens off to college during the entering college cinematic.

Unmodded, the game always chooses the sim with the lowest neighbor ID to be in the cinematic. Since townies are spawned into the game before your born-in-game playables and thus have lower neighbor IDs, this means that it always picks the never-moved-in townie father to be in the cinematic, even though he's probably irrelevant at this point and your teen sim has probably never even met him. If the teen is a child of a pollination technician, no parent may appear even if the other parent is alive and playable.

This hack introduces new requirements for parents for participation in the cinematic:
  • The parent must be alive (the original game's only check)
  • The parent is not a vampire
  • The parent must be playable (To exclude this requirement, download bettercollegeparentchoice+townies.zip instead. Pollination Technicians and other NPCs in the "Default" family are still disallowed, but regular NPCs like the maid are allowed.)
  • The teen's Lifetime Relationship with the parent must be greater than zero (also accounts for parents who have not been met). Daily relationship is not checked.

If only one parent meets these requirements, that parent will be in the cinematic regardless of the value of their neighbor ID.

If both parents meet the requirements, the one that the teen has the highest Lifetime Relationship (not daily relationship) with will be in the cinematic. If the teen has the same lifetime relationship with both parents, the one with the higher neighbor ID will be chosen, since that is the one that is more likely to have been born in-game.

If neither parent meets these requirements, the teen will do the cinematic alone, even if they have parents who are alive and/or playable.

This hack should work with any hack that doesn't directly affect which parent is chosen for the cinematic, even hacks which mod the teen->YA aging process, college move-in, or even other aspects of the cinematic. It only modifies BHAV 0x100D in group 0x7F1250CD, plus a new TPRP that I generated for labels.

This hack should be compatible with every game configuration with University installed.

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 University
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bettercollegeparentchoice+townies.zip | Allows townies to participate in the cinematic

Size: 751 Bytes · Downloads: 9,040 · 6th Oct 2018
751 Bytes 9,040 6th Oct 2018
bettercollegeparentchoice.zip | Does not allow townies to participate in the cinematic

Size: 749 Bytes · Downloads: 7,922 · 6th Oct 2018
749 Bytes 7,922 6th Oct 2018
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

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Theorist
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#2 Old 19th May 2018 at 3:06 AM
Yoooo, just a quick note, I made a small change to the file just after it was uploaded, just tidying up some possible failures that might occur.
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 19th May 2018 at 3:36 AM
Hey!!! How GREAT that is. Good for you. You wanted it, and went for it! Awesome.
Mad Poster
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#4 Old 19th May 2018 at 4:39 AM
Congrats on figuring this out I suspect a whole lot of people are going to be really excited. Personally I'm not a fan of the "must be playable"-requirement but easy enough to remove Thanks for sharing!
Field Researcher
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#5 Old 19th May 2018 at 4:53 AM
AAAAAAAH, IT IS HERE! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! Now I will actually enjoy this cutscene! A million thanks! I can hardly wait to send a teen to college and see this mod work its magic
Mad Poster
#6 Old 19th May 2018 at 7:29 AM
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Originally Posted by gummilutt
Congrats on figuring this out I suspect a whole lot of people are going to be really excited. Personally I'm not a fan of the "must be playable"-requirement but easy enough to remove Thanks for sharing!


Is it? That was the one that was making me hesitate to download too.
Test Subject
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#7 Old 19th May 2018 at 8:27 AM
Yes, thank you! Now that aspect of my sims life can make sense :D
Mad Poster
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#8 Old 19th May 2018 at 1:11 PM
You are a public benefactor.
Theorist
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#9 Old 19th May 2018 at 5:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Charity
Is it? That was the one that was making me hesitate to download too.


Yeah, it is. Although, if there is interest, I'll just upload a version without it.

Edit: And, done.
Lab Assistant
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#10 Old 19th May 2018 at 5:43 PM
Yes! Thank you.
Mad Poster
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#11 Old 20th May 2018 at 1:53 AM
Thanks!
Mad Poster
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#12 Old 20th May 2018 at 9:36 PM
Thank you! I was hoping for something like this.
Instructor
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#13 Old 21st May 2018 at 7:45 PM
I love this, great idea ! It makes much more sense like that. I didn't even know one could change cinematics. Thanks ! (and particularly for the 2nd version)
Inventor
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#14 Old 29th Jun 2018 at 5:02 AM
Another great mod! Thank you for making this!
Lab Assistant
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#15 Old 15th Jul 2018 at 4:41 AM
You made my day!
Test Subject
#16 Old 16th Oct 2018 at 4:55 PM
Great mod, but I think you've forgotten the possibility that when a dorm has been occupied before, it's possible that the previous graduates have left at nighttime, so Young Adult vampires can arrive without having to fear sunlight. Therefore, I'd like them to be accompanied by their parent vampire, then this mod would be perfect, 'cause I hate it when my teens get accompanied by their hated parent XD
Theorist
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#17 Old 17th Oct 2018 at 1:59 AM Last edited by kestrellyn : 21st Oct 2018 at 3:06 AM.
Does the time actually not reset? I guess I'll have to test.

Edit: Time does reset between occupancies, just like with every other type of lot.
Mad Poster
#18 Old 20th Feb 2020 at 2:32 AM
Somehow this mod brought both parents to the lot. One was in cinematics and left, another stayed on the lot nowhere to find. I needed to move out and in my student.
Theorist
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#19 Old 21st Feb 2020 at 9:49 PM
That's weird. Was there anything special about the parents? What were their relationships with the student?