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MaxoidMonkey's Alienware Computer - Sims 2 Conversion

by Esmeralda Posted 9th Mar 2013 at 3:04 PM - Updated 9th Mar 2013 at 3:43 PM by Esmeralda
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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As a sort of tribute to the memory of the recently shut-down EA Sims 2 site, I thought it would be nice to rescue the nifty Alienware computer created by MaxoidMonkey for the site, and convert it for The Sims 3.


It's found under Computers and costs 2000 simoleons. It comes ready with three CaST presets for the original recolours of green, blue and black, but you can of course recolour them however you like.


It has three recolour channels: the tower unit, the keyboard, and the mouse. This was a somewhat less than ideally mapped item and I had to struggle a bit to make it recolourable - for instance, the keyboard shared the same map space as the side of the tower unit and I had to do my best to move the keyboard mapping elsewhere in the map, in which there was very little spare room, so as a result patterns applied to the keyboard will be very stretched as seen in the tiling map in the below pic. The mapping for the tower unit is also a bit stretched horizontally, and there wasn't enough room on the map to fix that. (This is often a problem with Maxis conversions - they were just not really made to be recolourable.)

I quite like it with the chrome CaSTing on the far right:


Or you can just CaST it to match its user:


Small issue: The original texture for the tower unit's outer shell was horribly pixellated for some reason and it looked terrible in TS3, so I had to make a whole new one by baking the mesh. So, the tower unit's outer shell texture is not 100% authentic to the original, sorry, I did the best I could!

Please note that you need to be patched to at least patch level 1.26 upwards in order for this computer to function properly, due to patch 1.26 having changed the way most objects function.

Thanks for looking, hope you'll like this out-of-this-world computer!


INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

Unzip the .zip file and copy the .package file to your Mods\Packages folder. If you don't have a Mods\Packages folder and/or don't know how to install .package files, please see full instructions here: http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php...g_Package_Files


Polygon Counts:
1262

Additional Credits:
Made with s3pe, s3oc, Texture Tweaker, TSR Workshop, Milkshape, and Blender.

Thank you to MaxoidMonkey for the original.

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 3
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Esmeralda_MaxoidMonkeyAlienwareComputer.zip

Size: 605.4 KB · Downloads: 44,390 · 9th Mar 2013
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Field Researcher
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#2 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 3:19 PM
this was the hacked one, yes? i had this item in my game im pretty sure. so this is just the skin of it? just want to make sure before i download
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 3:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Mistress Ovivil
this was the hacked one, yes? i had this item in my game im pretty sure. so this is just the skin of it? just want to make sure before i download

I'm not sure what you mean by 'the hacked one'?

Yes, this is just the skin (the mesh and the textures) of the TS2 Alienware computer, which have been made into a TS3 computer.
Scholar
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#4 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 3:59 PM
So much nostalgia, I had all my simmies use this computer. And I think she means the hacked original for TS2 - if I recall correctly, MaxoidMonkey never updated his for the extra interactions that Freetime and Apartment Life added, so fovex here at MTS "hacked" (updated) it. I digress, thanks for another great conversion!
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#5 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 4:41 PM
awww I love this but I have no luck opening zip files in WinRAR in windows 8
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 5:06 PM
wow, Esmeralda is alive! Keep turning TS3 into TS2 again!
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#7 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 5:49 PM
Thanks, now I have a pc for my simies that looks exactly like the one I own and play sims on! I really am excited, first because I had forgotten about it in Sims2 and because pcs in the Sims 3 aren't all that. I can hardly wait to play. Again thank you very much.
Field Researcher
#8 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 6:03 PM
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Originally Posted by heavensrains
awww I love this but I have no luck opening zip files in WinRAR in windows 8


As an aside... you can download 7zip for free, and it will open zips and rars... and works fine in Windows 8:

http://www.7-zip.org/

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Field Researcher
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#9 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 9:55 PM
I used to love this in my Sims 2 game. Thanks for giving it back to us.
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#10 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 11:07 PM
@LE102071: You are definitely right about 7zip, it's equal if not better than WinRAR anyway.

And while I don't really like Alienware IRL, I do like it in the Sims because it's the only computer that really gives me that "gaming PC" feeling. Thanks!
Rabid Recoloring Renegade
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#11 Old 9th Mar 2013 at 11:51 PM
Alienware! Yesssss!

Thanks Esmeralda :-)
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#12 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 1:26 AM Last edited by lenglel : 11th Mar 2013 at 10:53 AM. Reason: added screen shot
I think I'll mod this to put the box under the desk. Wheee!
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Lab Assistant
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#13 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 8:00 AM
I take it for the memories ! thank you !
Mad Poster
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#14 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 11:28 AM
Thanks everyone!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Qahne
I think she means the hacked original for TS2 - if I recall correctly, MaxoidMonkey never updated his for the extra interactions that Freetime and Apartment Life added, so fovex here at MTS "hacked" (updated) it.

Ah, thank you for the explanation! I suspected they meant some sort of added interactions, but didn't know what. But yes, when something gets 'converted' to TS3, you just get TS3 interactions.
Alchemist
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#15 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 4:34 PM
Love this. Thank you.
Test Subject
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#16 Old 10th Mar 2013 at 9:30 PM
Looks like my old PC,that thing weighed a ton,LOL.Thanx
Forum Resident
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#17 Old 11th Mar 2013 at 4:01 AM
This is one of my favorite computer in TS2. Thank you for converting it to TS3.
Lab Assistant
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#18 Old 11th Mar 2013 at 1:54 PM
I remember thiiiiis! Thanks a lot for converting! <3
Forum Resident
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#19 Old 12th Mar 2013 at 1:16 PM
glad to see it up,my fav is still neon green but metallic version in ts3 looks very impressive too! thanx Ez
Top Secret Researcher
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#20 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 9:30 PM
Oooh, my geek sims will love it! Thanks Esmeralda!
Lab Assistant
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#21 Old 14th Mar 2013 at 3:35 AM
Thank you. Definite download for me.
And R.I.P TS2 website, I had no idea it was shut down.
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#22 Old 14th Mar 2013 at 5:11 AM
Thank you very much Esmeralda! You don't know how much it means to me to see something like this fpr TS3.
Test Subject
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#23 Old 21st Mar 2013 at 4:49 PM
Oh yeah! This is my real life computer, so I'm thrilled to see it in TS3. Thank you so much!
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#24 Old 23rd Mar 2013 at 6:12 PM
Great! Can I suggest someone make a mod with a windowed led lit tower and maybe some headphones for gaming? I know this mod was to save the awesome ts2 pc....but just sayin'. Thanks for this!
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#25 Old 30th Mar 2013 at 4:53 PM
Wow, geekheartattack. Love it.
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