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Field Researcher
#12126 Old 3rd Sep 2021 at 1:16 AM
My Scientist sim Earned enough lifetime happiness points to get mermaid kelp. After eating it, I had her prepare potions at the chemistry lab, and she hasn't had an explosion once! (Methinks because mermaids cannot be singed)

EDIT: nevermind. She just had an explosion.
Scholar
#12127 Old 4th Sep 2021 at 11:44 PM
I discovered today that, even if you have the celebrity system deactivated, sims can still be publicly disgraced.

Some of mine are currently visiting France, and when they are staying at a base camp I always make sure to have it deactivated, because paparazzi have a bad habit of coming into rooms and standing there all night, taking pictures and scribbling things on a pad. I did briefly re-activate it earlier on, so one of them could get a discount on an incense burner (normally around 1250 freaking simoleons for one of those things! But she got it for free - just for being famous). But, anyway, the system was definitely deactivated when the supposed 'offense' took place. And what was this heinous crime? Woohooing in public. Oh FFS they were in an upstairs bedroom at the base camp, I don't call that very public!

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Mad Poster
#12128 Old 5th Sep 2021 at 1:57 AM Last edited by igazor : 5th Sep 2021 at 4:00 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elynda
And what was this heinous crime? Woohooing in public. Oh FFS they were in an upstairs bedroom at the base camp, I don't call that very public!

You may have noticed this, but Base Camp is a Community Lot designation. Any expectations of privacy are a mere fantasy. If you want privacy, build an igloo, or use a leaf pile or an elevator in one of your fancy shmancy office buildings back home and stop insulting our wildly exaggerated local sensitivities.
Mad Poster
#12129 Old 5th Sep 2021 at 2:02 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elynda
I discovered today that, even if you have the celebrity system deactivated, sims can still be publicly disgraced.


I discovered even with celebrity system deactivated, there are jobs which still require celebrity levels. So you can't really escape from it.

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Scholar
#12130 Old 5th Sep 2021 at 11:49 AM
To disable paparazzi:

NRaas > Register > Global Roles > Allow Paparazzi.
Change the default setting from "True" to "False"

Now even if you're a celebrity, there's nobody to hound you day and night. Mind you, there still are other inconveniences, such as being interrupted for an autograph or whatnot, but even those can be set to no autonomy in Retuner.
Scholar
#12131 Old 6th Sep 2021 at 4:08 AM Last edited by Elynda : 6th Sep 2021 at 4:52 AM. Reason: correcting
@ Moraelin - thanks, I'll try that next time I send celebrities to France, China or Egypt. Which I shall probably be doing soon.

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Instructor
#12132 Old 8th Sep 2021 at 6:47 PM
A.I. Related

I discovered that some of my male Sims take advantage of being a part of procreation, meaning, I observed that if a male Sim does not want to have a child even though the female initiates try for a baby then it will result in no pregnancy no matter how many times they try for a baby. Also, this was all autonomous behavior on high free-will so I did not direct these particular Sims to try for a baby. When he did try for a baby autonomously there was the baby chime, afterwards he walked away smiling. Right, only on his terms is what I deduce. For a moment, I thought because they are in China that maybe the baby chime does not sound but no that is not true. Just that pregnancy will not advance until she gets home. Though she did have her first pregnancy wish which was to eat pancakes.

A different scenario I experienced as well is when a different male Sim had a romantic interest who dislikes children but he autonomously used risky woohoo with her which resulted in her pregnancy with their fraternal twin daughters. That male Sim has the daredevil trait and intentionally got her pregnant. Based on his thought icon, it definitely seems it couldn't get any more clearer than being a power play. Especially how he turned around with that devious smile as he walked out of the room. Of course when she found out, she distanced herself from him. And when I say distanced, I mean she literally would not come home for days and somehow ended up locking herself into the dance club after closing hours. Whenever she did go home, she didn't stay long and/or avoided her romantic interest as she wanted nothing to do with him, naturally. He was irreverent to her stance but despite that as of now, she still seems to hold a fond place in her heart for him though they are no longer seeing each other. In fact, I notice she has become possessive over him. Maybe I was too hasty when I broke them up and should have allowed them more time to figure it out on their own...but what's done is done. Perhaps in the future they may get back together and this time actually become official. But to be honest, I don't think he's interested in commitment or at least not now anyway. He is a good father though so that's nice.

Because I'm Fragile...but I'm not "that" fragile.
Field Researcher
#12133 Old 10th Sep 2021 at 1:25 AM
I discovered that you can include exclamation points in a sim's name. I'm currently playing as the "!" family!
Mad Poster
#12134 Old 11th Sep 2021 at 3:20 AM
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Originally Posted by stormcat3
I discovered that you can include exclamation points in a sim's name. I'm currently playing as the "!" family!

Can't wait to see the hyphenated surnames that might evolve when the !?%># family meets and starts marrying into the $&*~@<^ family.
Scholar
#12135 Old 12th Sep 2021 at 9:22 PM
I discovered today that the thumbnails cache in my Sims 3 folder, which I'd previously taken little heed of, was taking up 338 Mb. I opened both the CASThumbnails and ObjectThumbnails files and found that there were thumbnails in there for lots of things that I uninstalled long ago. So all this time, as I've been installing cc or uninstalling cc, those caches have been growing larger and larger, retaining thumbnails of everything I've ever had in the game! I deleted both files, played the game for a few hours. and then checked the new thumbnail caches the game had created. It is now down to 20 Mb. I don't know what difference, if any, that will make to performance but I do like to keep things neat and tidy.

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Mad Poster
#12136 Old 13th Sep 2021 at 4:43 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elynda
It is now down to 20 Mb. I don't know what difference, if any, that will make to performance but I do like to keep things neat and tidy.


It makes no difference to performance if you are on a SSD or RAMdisk b/c the seek time is like 2000-5000x faster than HDD. But if your thumbnails are on a regular HDD, it should drastically improve their loading time. It is recommended you put your user folder on a ramdisk as it will improve all your caches.

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Scholar
#12137 Old 13th Sep 2021 at 9:13 PM
Ah, so that's some improvement then. Right now, I'm using an HDD. When I (eventually) get a better computer, it'll be SSD. Mean time I shall look into the matter of ramdisks. I'm determined to do everything I can to improve performance. The Smooth Patch has worked wonders, but there's still room for improvement.

Many thanks.

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Mad Poster
#12138 Old 13th Sep 2021 at 9:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elynda
Mean time I shall look into the matter of ramdisks. I'm determined to do everything I can to improve performance. The Smooth Patch has worked wonders, but there's still room for improvement.


See if your system can try this:

https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=548125

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Scholar
#12139 Old 15th Sep 2021 at 5:16 PM
I'll also reiterate my recommendation to set LargeSystemCache to 1 if you have a lot of RAM. Like, 16 GB or more. (Well, you can try with less, but it's unlikely to help a lot.) It's under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" in the registry editor. Or just search for LargeSystemCache.

Essentially what it does is force Windows to allow every last byte of memory that's not actually allocated to a program, to be used as disc cache. Should work pretty much like a ram disk, if you have enough memory.
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