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Better locations for eating

by dickhurt Posted 8th Jun 2009 at 10:33 PM
45 Comments / replies (Who?) - 24 Feedback Posts
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* 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
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* You must also download the following addon(s) for this hack to work correctly:

df_game_edition_addon.package
http://modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=303431

df_globals_pack.package (version 1.1 or higher)
http://modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=303432

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.

Sims 2
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df_better_locations_for_eating.rar

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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\
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  • 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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Field Researcher
#2 Old 8th Jun 2009 at 10:45 PM
Thank you for this!

It is so annoying to have a bunch of sims over, then they all wander off to consume their food privately!!

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#3 Old 8th Jun 2009 at 11:20 PM
Thank you! I never understood why sims go outside and eat on lawn furniture, when there's a perfectly good dining room next to the kitchen!

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 8th Jun 2009 at 11:26 PM
Thank you so much for this! It will save my sims so much walking time They won't have to waste time serving a meal to the garden which is ages away from their kitchen and then having to walk back and forth putting all the leftovers away too.
Inventor
#5 Old 8th Jun 2009 at 11:57 PM
You made the Sims smarter. Thx.
Test Subject
#6 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 5:19 AM
ZOMG! All of your hacks and mods are great.
I really appreciate you for letting us use these mods to make our Sims much smarter. Now I will actually be able to eat my my neighbors apartment! :D
Test Subject
#7 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 5:35 AM
OMG great idea.
I remember once the kid had a tree house and dad went up there to have his breakfast!
BTW, where did all the downloads go? has there been a crash or something I don't know about?
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retired moderator
#8 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 5:27 PM
Thank you!!! This was badly needed! My Sims were getting blisters from all that useless walking. :P
Test Subject
#9 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 7:46 PM
DANg you're on a roll, anyways, thanks for this
Test Subject
#10 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 10:02 PM
Thank you. The long distance and time it took to get there drove me nuts! This'll be great. Good job, Dick
Field Researcher
#11 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 11:19 PM
A very good idea! Just what I need in my game. Thank you :D

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Test Subject
#12 Old 9th Jun 2009 at 11:42 PM
Thanks so much! It was infuriating having to make a table in the kitchen, because my sims would walk outside in the dark instead of using the bar counter right next to the fridge.. -.- Hopefully this works that way too. ;P
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 11th Jun 2009 at 2:33 PM
can this be used by those of us without apartment life? or does it also apply to the normal game play ie-when neighbours just come over and stand up when they could sit on a chair!

and why is it only teenage sims get the cool outfits?! i'll have you know us in our twenties and beyond have as much fun with clothes! *sob*
Test Subject
#14 Old 11th Jun 2009 at 8:18 PM
OMG! Thank you sooooooo much for making this!!!!
Test Subject
#15 Old 12th Jun 2009 at 2:37 PM
I would have like my Sims eating in a better location but unfortuanately after downloading this particular hack the food just disappears after my sims have taken it out of the fridge. So I have no choice but to remove it and everythings back to normal.
Field Researcher
#16 Old 13th Jun 2009 at 1:57 AM
I downloaded this because it's a great idea, but, like with 1happiness, it's causing the jump bug for my sims when they try to take a dish from anywhere. The EPs I have are Glamour Life, Nightlife and Seasons.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 14th Jun 2009 at 12:56 AM
I also have that bug. I have all expasnions and all stuff packs except holiday and mansion.

I ran Hack conflict Detector, and it couldn't find anything conflicting.

I hope you can figure it out.

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Test Subject
#18 Old 16th Jun 2009 at 3:48 PM
this mod sucks!
when i grab a plate
it will have an error!
i hate that!
all my guest and household is become error when grab a plate at food

error
Build: 1.7.0.145
at Jan 25 2007,22:24:47

Object id: 149
name: G001_User00281 - Benjamin
Stack size: 7
Error: Invalid constant.
Iterations: 73
Frame 6:
Stack Object id: 524
Stack Object name: Food Dish - Standard
Node: 9
Tree: id 8211 name 'df - Eat - _Entry' version -44032
from FoodDish_Globals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 524 0 0 0 0
Frame 5:
Stack Object id: 524
Stack Object name: Food Dish - Standard
Node: 2
Tree: id 8199 name 'Interaction - Eat' version -32724
from FoodDish_Globals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 524 518
Frame 4:
Stack Object id: 149
Stack Object name: G001_User00281 - Benjamin
Node: 5
Tree: id 281 name 'Wait For Notify' version 8
from global
Prim state: 1
Params: 0 1 Locals:
Frame 3:
Stack Object id: 149
Stack Object name: G001_User00281 - Benjamin
Node: 1
Tree: id 8282 name 'Function - Main - Check Queue' version 50
from PersonGlobals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 462
Frame 2:
Stack Object id: 149
Stack Object name: G001_User00281 - Benjamin
Node: 2
Tree: id 8283 name 'Function - Main - Loop' version 96
from PersonGlobals
Prim state: 0
Params: 4 20 1 Locals: 0
Frame 1:
Stack Object id: 149
Stack Object name: G001_User00281 - Benjamin
Node: 6
Tree: id 8193 name 'Function - Main' version 109
from PersonGlobals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 4 20 0
Frame 0:
Stack Object id: 149
Stack Object name: G001_User00281 - Benjamin
Node: 2
Tree: id 4096 name 'Function - Main' version -32736
from Townie_Template_EP2_DateSlob
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals:

Build: 1.7.0.145
at Jan 25 2007,22:24:47

Object id: 117
name: G001_User00176 - Yuri
Stack size: 7
Error: Invalid constant.
Iterations: 73
Frame 6:
Stack Object id: 540
Stack Object name: Food Dish - Standard
Node: 9
Tree: id 8211 name 'df - Eat - _Entry' version -44032
from FoodDish_Globals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 540 0 0 0 0
Frame 5:
Stack Object id: 540
Stack Object name: Food Dish - Standard
Node: 2
Tree: id 8199 name 'Interaction - Eat' version -32724
from FoodDish_Globals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 540 464
Frame 4:
Stack Object id: 117
Stack Object name: G001_User00176 - Yuri
Node: 5
Tree: id 281 name 'Wait For Notify' version 8
from global
Prim state: 1
Params: 0 1 Locals:
Frame 3:
Stack Object id: 117
Stack Object name: G001_User00176 - Yuri
Node: 1
Tree: id 8282 name 'Function - Main - Check Queue' version 50
from PersonGlobals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 462
Frame 2:
Stack Object id: 117
Stack Object name: G001_User00176 - Yuri
Node: 2
Tree: id 8283 name 'Function - Main - Loop' version 96
from PersonGlobals
Prim state: 0
Params: 5 20 1 Locals: 0
Frame 1:
Stack Object id: 117
Stack Object name: G001_User00176 - Yuri
Node: 6
Tree: id 8193 name 'Function - Main' version 109
from PersonGlobals
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals: 5 20 0
Frame 0:
Stack Object id: 117
Stack Object name: G001_User00176 - Yuri
Node: 1
Tree: id 4096 name 'Function - Main' version 2
from TemplatePerson
Prim state: 0
Params: Locals:





sorry.. im just disapointed
Instructor
#19 Old 17th Jun 2009 at 10:15 AM
With this mod in, my sims also errored out when trying to eat. I have all EPs. HCDU did not find a conflict. I suspected there was a conflict anyway, maybe with one of Dizzy's food-related mods, but I am no longer sure.
Test Subject
#20 Old 17th Jun 2009 at 12:21 PM
I've had the same problem. When a sim wants to eat something, but there is no room at a table, or there is no table at all, the plate will just disappear. Also, when I have them to have a snack, the snack will just disappear.

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Test Subject
#21 Old 26th Jun 2009 at 8:32 AM
Those that are having problems, did you make sure to download and install the 2 other files mentioned?
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 26th Jun 2009 at 9:33 AM
First, let me thank you for fixing a problem that has been bothering me since Sims1.
But I am definitely sticking with the old version of this, discontinued or not.
I've got two reasons to do so.
a) The last version works. Seeing as you are not really continuing this mod (it's been up for download almost a month and people have been trying to tell you that it doesn't work for two weeks now without even something like 'I'm working on it'!) I think that I'll be better of with a working unsupported version than with a non-effective supported version.
b) It consists of only –one– file and doesn't force me to download –two– other files. I can not see what these other –two– files do for my game-play except that –you– somehow need them. Makes me wonder why you didn't put them in the mod in the first place?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#23 Old 27th Jun 2009 at 4:45 AM
to MosconeCtr, 1happiness, spiffeystar, valasia, zEichii, Gwenke33 and everyone having issues with the "jumping" when grabbing plates from the fridge:
have you downloaded my newest Globals Pack (version 1.1)? Because you will get that exact problem you are all describing with version 1.0:
Error: Invalid constant.
Node: 9
Tree: id 8211 name 'df - Eat - _Entry' version -44032


That is precisely why it says version 1.1 is required in the Overview page.

And you could see on my profile page that I've not logged in for around 2 weeks (last on date) because I've been busy with work. But to MosconeCtr, those other 2 files are explained with excruciating detail in their readme files, including an explanation of why I made them separate downloads instead of being included in each and every one of my hacks. If I make version 1.2 of that Globals Packs, then I would need to reupload a new rar file for 30 different mods if 1.1 was included in each and every mod that needs it. It's just too much work for me to keep updating individual rar files for so many mods.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#24 Old 27th Jun 2009 at 4:59 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by waterkelpy
can this be used by those of us without apartment life? or does it also apply to the normal game play ie-when neighbours just come over and stand up when they could sit on a chair!
It works for normal gameplay, meaning you don't need the Apartment Life EP. It also works for all lots (not just apartment buildings). It even works for the original base game with no EPs/SPs installed. I don't think it will force your neighbors to sit though, unless you have enough chairs. But it will allow them to use more places to sit, like on sofas and recliners (so maybe it will also do what you are suggesting).
Test Subject
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Instructor
#25 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.
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