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Better locations for eating

by dickhurt Posted 8th Jun 2009 at 10:33 PM
45 Comments / replies (Who?) - 9 Feedback Posts, 9 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
* Requires : The Sims 2 (base game)
* Compatibility: The Sims 2, University, Nightlife, Open For Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Store Edition, FreeTime, Apartment Life, Mansion & Garden Stuff, all Stuff Packs
* Modifications: Semi-Global (affects all food dishes, chinese food) and Global (affects certain attempts to sit down - only for food, unless custom content or other hacks are using the hacked Global)
* Hack Version#: 1.0

Quick Info
* You must also download the following addon(s) for this hack to work correctly:


df_globals_pack.package (version 1.1 or higher)

This hack is a replacement for "Eat at neighbor's apartment", which is now discontinued. All of the features of that older hack are included in this one, along with many new features. It no longer requires Apartment Life, now giving features even as far back as the base game. But it now requires 2 of my addons.

The hack forces Sims to choose more realistic locations to eat their food. It prevents them from wandering far distances just to sit at a specific table. So now your Sims won't walk 10,000 feet up 4 floors to the far corner of the roof, if that is the only place where a table can be found that's not in-use.

By default, it does the following (most of which can be customized or disabled):

- For food located within an apartment, forces the food to be eaten inside of that apartment. This means that Sims are not allowed to take the food out to communal areas. They must find a place to eat within the current apartment, or else they will have to eat standing up within that apartment. Food located in communal areas is not affected by this feature.

- The feature above does allow a Sim to eat in a neighbor's apartment, instead of taking the food all the way back to their own apartment to eat in solitude like a weirdo. This lets your Sims enjoy a meal with a neighbor at that neighbor's apartment, instead of "stealing" a plate and running back home to eat it.

- For all lots, will only choose eat locations that are 15 or less tiles away. If no chairs are available within that distance or if all of them are in-use, then the Sims will eat while standing up.

The hack will work for all eating interactions of Maxis objects such as Serve a Meal, Grab a Plate, Get Leftovers, Pizza & Chinese Takeout eating, Get Snacks from Fridge, etc. It should work for most custom objects too, except for ones cloned from the Maxis Chinese Takeout boxes (single servings).

* Check out the readme.txt file for more information.
Tags: #eat, #eating, #locations, #better

Type: Global Mods

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#26 Old 30th Dec 2009 at 9:00 PM
Just wanted to add that I too am getting the "Invalid constant" object error when my sims go to grab a plate. It's a shame because this would be a really useful hack otherwise.
Test Subject
#27 Old 10th Feb 2011 at 9:36 PM
I laughed so hard when my Sim made dinner at her crush's apartment, then left to eat it alone in her own apartment. Then I cried.
... I'm looking forward to trying this out.
Lab Assistant
#28 Old 8th Jul 2011 at 9:39 PM
Funny story, I got "the error" as well and after 8 1/2 painstaking hours of sorting through all my downloads I narrowed it down to this mod. I came here to let the creator know and noticed that you need files from other threads for this to work. For whatever reason, I must have missed them originally because I just downloaded them and now the mod works fine with all eps and sps, no more starving sims or error messages.

"Until our shattered selves once again collide."
Test Subject
#29 Old 23rd Aug 2011 at 3:15 AM
Love this, my sims used it sit on the deck when it was SNOWING :o
Test Subject
#30 Old 29th Sep 2011 at 11:42 PM
This hacked made me go crazyyy I was looking for the problem with why the object errors everytime my sims made food keep popping up .. I barely thought of deleting this mod today and now my games works properly ... thank godd lol well yeah this mod messes up the game -.-
Lab Assistant
2nd Oct 2011 at 3:54 PM
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Field Researcher
#31 Old 30th Oct 2011 at 1:43 AM
I always thought it was dumb that your sims hike miles and miles just to find a seat to eat at. Thanks
Lab Assistant
#32 Old 10th Apr 2012 at 2:57 AM
Thanks! My Sims always eat at the dumbest places "do you really think loitering around the staricase is a good spot to eat?" I am downloading for sure!!
#33 Old 21st Sep 2013 at 11:58 AM
YES! I have been dreaming of a mod like this xD Thanks~
Test Subject
6th Sep 2014 at 1:08 AM
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#34 Old 6th Sep 2014 at 1:10 AM
Just a warning: this mod is not compatible with most of the Sims 2 expansion, wich causes the plate to diassapear and prevent sims from eating.
Test Subject
#35 Old 9th Sep 2014 at 10:48 PM
I agree this mod does not work. Had to shift through several mods to find out. Fix this or at least put a warning on it.
Test Subject
#36 Old 2nd Dec 2014 at 1:59 AM
Test Subject
#37 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 10:08 PM
Is a good idea to do a mod!
Lab Assistant
#38 Old 26th Apr 2015 at 7:32 PM
Downloaded this today and my sims kept glitching when they tried to eat anything which made them reset and the plate disappears. There was no conflict in the hack conflict detection program so I don't think it's compatible with some EP's.
Test Subject
#39 Old 20th Jun 2015 at 10:27 PM
It's too bad this isn't compatible with the Ultimate Collection. Sims will starve to death if you try using it.
Lab Assistant
#40 Old 23rd Aug 2015 at 2:04 PM
Originally Posted by Moosey54321
Downloaded this today and my sims kept glitching when they tried to eat anything which made them reset and the plate disappears. There was no conflict in the hack conflict detection program so I don't think it's compatible with some EP's.

I had the same problem, but then I read the instructions and I realized this hack requires two others. Upon installing them it ran smooth as silk .
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 15th Jul 2016 at 7:29 PM
My sim was driving me nuts going up and down the stairs to set meals out for all her neighbors. Thank you so much for this.
Test Subject
#42 Old 24th Mar 2018 at 12:33 PM
This mod is incompatible with Ultimate Collection, gives loads of errors.
Invalid constants etc.
Mad Poster
#43 Old 16th Jul 2018 at 5:49 AM
I have a complete set of Sims 2 (on disks) and this mod works just fine. People need to remember to add the two other mods dickhurt mentioned (game edition addon and globals pack). This mod will NOT work properly without the other two.
Test Subject
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