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Featured upload! Marriage: Last Name Chooser [FIXED 2008-10-26]

by Marhis Posted 11th Mar 2007 at 3:28 PM - Updated 16th Mar 2009 at 12:41 PM by Marhis : Reuploaded BV-FT version
295 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This is intended as a further developement of J.M. Pescado's marriage-traditional hack.

When two sims get married/joined, the "marriagee" always get the same last name than the active sim (the "marriager"), who did the proposition.

JMP did a mod which changes this fixed rule, so in opposite-gender marriages the female gets the male's last name, and in same-gender joined unions they retain their original last name instead.

With my mod you may choose what to do in single marriages, indipendently by gender and selectability of sim spouses.
Just after the marriage, a dialog will pop up: you may choose to make no change (both sims will retain their last names), have them both the marriagee (shown in dialog's icon), or marriager one ("other sim").

This mod should work in base game as well as in any combination of EPs, Pets and Seasons included; if you notice any glitch, expecially in dialog strings (even if in other dialogs, not marriage-related) please let me know.

Additional Credits:
Many thanks to J.M. Pescado; studying his mod was essential for me being able to even think of make this.
Plus, I know he hates being thanked, and I couldn't resist ;D.
A HUGE thanks pile to linolino (for his BV update and Spanish/Portuguese translation), SimSanta1992 (for French and German translations) and Lord Darcy (for Korean translation, compression and general overlook to this mod).
Last but not least, jfade for Compressorizer and general awesomeness.

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FIXED 2008-10-26
At last, I've installed AL and I was able to understand what's wrong with this hack; witchery really scrambled last names a lot.
The AL updated hack is now fixed: I've tested it in pretty much every combination and it seems ok. Please let me know if I overlooked something, thanks for the patience!

Fixed BV-FT version too: the first time I uploaded the wrong file ; please redownload.

UPDATE 2008-10-16
  • Shrinked filesize I stupidly forgot to do in first package (jfade's Compressorizer rulez!!111)
  • Addeeded updates to FT and AL
  • Included translations:
    • French (by SimSanta1992)
    • German (by SimSanta1992)
    • Spanish (by linolino)
    • Portuguese (by linolino)
    • Korean (by Lord Darcy)
    • Italian (by stupid me)

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In short:
  • marhis-marriage-lastnamedialog.zip -- base game, NL, Uni, OfB, Pets, Seasons
  • marhis-marriage-lastnamedialog-BV-FT.rar -- Bon Voyage, Free Time (fixed 2008-10-26)
  • marhis-marriage-lastnamedialog-AL.rar -- Apartment Life (fixed 2008-10-26)

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
marhis-marriage-lastnamedialog.zip 46.8 KB 121,807 11th Mar 2007
marhis-marriage-lastnamedialog-AL.rar 54.3 KB 38,779 26th Oct 2008
marhis-marriage-lastnamedialog-BV-FT.rar 54.3 KB 21,539 26th Oct 2008
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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Test Subject
#26 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 6:17 PM
Great mod, something Maxis should have done from the very start, thanks.

Veni, vidi, vici.

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Lab Assistant
#27 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 6:28 PM
Thank you so much! This is a very useful mod!
Test Subject
#28 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 6:34 PM
Thanks for it and it is a useful mod
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 6:41 PM
Any chance of making it so that the last name can be chosen quite some time after the wedding? My "main" Sim got married and I hate the fact that she took the guy's name, I would've wanted to keep hers

(or is there an existing hack for that already?)

Having problems with custom content after installing a new EP? http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=197511 might help :)
Field Researcher
#30 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 7:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by pookele
But whichever Sim is the one who "makes the call to the arch" - in other words, whoever is highlighted when you click the arch and invoke "get married/joined" - that's the Sim whose last name is taken.

So just be careful who you're currently playing when you click the arch.

Why did we need a hack for this?


The most obvious one that I can think of is when marrying townies. Personally, I like having control over my Sims in as many aspects as possible, so I know I'll be using this.

Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 7:22 PM
Great !! Love it well done !!: MAKE IT FEATURED!!

Alastair :)
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 7:26 PM
You could always use sim pe to hyphenate tha name, though the lot would retain the last name chosen.
Scholar
#33 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 7:27 PM
Well, I hope you're unlike Pescado in that YOU don't hate being thanked. :-)

This is great; I've been wanting something like this for a long time. My husband and I each have the surnames that we were born with, and I've always hated forcing one sim or the other to give up their name. Thank you!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Field Researcher
#34 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 7:31 PM
aww great !! cause I always get trapped by name changes xD
Test Subject
#35 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 8:11 PM
I'm doing my happy dance....
Test Subject
#36 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 8:23 PM
Thank you! I've always wanted this!
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 8:49 PM
this is great ! it will save me the trouble of firing up SimPE after i play to make name changes, thank you. i do tend to hyphenate a lot of my newly married sims so that would be an awesome addition to this mod if it were possible.

if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning
Test Subject
#38 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 9:21 PM
yay, thanks! This is very usefull!

Hi :)
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 9:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by nerina
Thanks, I hate that someone has to loose their last name when they get married, it makes marriage look like a passage of property to me. All my sims whose name starts with a B will use this :D


B? haha what does that mean? made me kurious

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Test Subject
#40 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 9:26 PM
Thanks much. Now I won't have to resort to SimPE to change my Sims' last names.
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 9:27 PM
What will happen if the two sims have a kid? Whose name will it take? Will we get a choice?

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Greatest Dad Ever
#42 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 9:40 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by katgyrl
this is great ! it will save me the trouble of firing up SimPE after i play to make name changes, thank you. i do tend to hyphenate a lot of my newly married sims so that would be an awesome addition to this mod if it were possible.



How exactly do you do that and would i have to do it for all sims in the household ???? So we dont hijack this thread please PM me with your response ...
Forum Resident
#43 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 10:32 PM
This is really close to reality like it is in many countries, I think. Thanks for the great hack!!
hexameter
Test Subject
#44 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 10:40 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LongTallSally
What will happen if the two sims have a kid? Whose name will it take? Will we get a choice?
Good question. You mean what would happen if both parents kept their own last names, right? I'd kind of assume it'd go with whichever surname is used as the household name.

Either way, this is great. Hard to believe EA didn't do this on their own.

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tigmomx4: You have to open each individual Sim in PE and change their last name one by one, then change the household name. It's a hassle, but I won't have to do it anymore thanks to Marhis's mod! Woo-hoo!
Field Researcher
#45 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 10:42 PM
Thanks for your great improvement of the game.
Just one question: what lastname will use the children in the case of choose for keeping each one, mother and father, their own born names?
Lab Assistant
#46 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 10:57 PM
This is nothing short of brilliant. You even have the option to have neither name being changed. Outstanding idea.
Lab Assistant
#47 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 11:06 PM
Thanks so much! I'm still afraid of SimPE (I totally nuked a neighborhood with SimPE, very ugly) so the less I have to go about feel inclined to go in there and mess with stuff, the happier I am! XD
Field Researcher
#48 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 11:30 PM
Thanks now my sims can get their names right!!!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#49 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 11:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by tigmomx4
This is great ... Although I have a lesbian couple that I just married and was wondering if you could adapt this to make a hyphenated last name ..Meaning combining both last names into one like cheryl smith-jones ?? or if there is a way to do it in SimPE maybe ?


As far as I know, there's no way to manually input a last name, like in the "baby name" dialog, but only to copy someone's already existing last name to another sim. As a matter of fact, that's what my mod will do.

The only way to manually change last names (or family/household names) is in SimPE.

Another very useful tool I may recommend is Christianlov's Last Name Copier: priceless!

I used it for a workaround of that problem in a situation quite similar to yours, so maybe you may try: Create a sim in CAS and name it with the chosen last name (e.g. Bob Smith-Jones); move him in your couple's household, then copy his last name to your sims, with Christianlov's tool. For story purpouse, you may pretend that he's a distant relative, or then change again Bob's last name with the same tool to any other one and move him out, make him a townie, feed him to a cowplant, or just play him as a normal sim .
Lab Assistant
#50 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 11:50 PM
FINALLY. Thanks sooooooooo much!

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