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Spirit fading notification shows first AND last name

by iraht Posted 9th Nov 2019 at 6:06 PM
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Hello and welcome to my first mod ever!

Why does this mod exist?
Being a legacy player I always found it important to make sure that as little of my sims as possible would be culled by the game and deleted. Who doesn't love having graveyards full of ghosts! Except, it had gotten to the point where I have 200+ sims and I don't remember them all, and there are multiple family names woven into the tree. Up comes the notification that "Audrey" is fading away and I am left checking my entire family tree for all the possible Audrey's that were once born, clicking all the graves and making sure all of them have been recently "strengthened." Sometimes I'm even left wondering whether this was one of my sims in the first place, or just a random townie my sims once knew.

Until that faithful day when I had enough (yesterday), and I decided to dive into the game's strings to change this. And here we are! Now the notification will show the Sim's first AND last name, making it easier to see who is fading away! Now I know it's Audrey Morrison, and it just makes it ten times easier to locate her grave and make sure she and her family don't get yeeted into the void.

I figured why not share it in case anyone else has this issue!

What does this mod exactly do?
In short, it changes a single string (text entry) in the game. Instead of showing the sim's first name, it now also shows their last name.

Why is this useful?
If you're like me and you have 200 sims, 7 different surnames, and want to maintain all their spirits, you probably know the feeling of having to search for the right sims.
But this mod can also be useful if you find yourself doubting whether it's a townie/NPC or one of your own sims, given the portrait of a ghost is hella unclear and names can be super common.
Either way, it just adds a little more clarity as to who is fading into irrelevance.

Conflicts/New versions
This mod will conflict with anything that changes this specific string. I have searched and searched but never found another mod that does this, so off the top of my head I can't think of anything that will start a fight with my mod.
This mod was made and tested with game version 1.56.52.1020. I do not think it will ever need an update as it's just a simple string edit.
This mod will be obsolete if Maxis ever decides to change this themselves.

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Sims 4
Built with Game Version: 1.56.52.10
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10 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 6 Thanks Posts
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#2 Old 9th Nov 2019 at 8:52 PM
This is indeed a very helpful mod. Thank you so much!
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#3 Old 9th Nov 2019 at 9:39 PM
Very creative! Did you have a chance to try this mod with MCC installed? There's a culling/no culling feature in there too. I haven't used it much but wonder if having it installed will conflict with yours? And MCC's doesn't give you the cool warning your does!! I like yours better!
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#4 Old 10th Nov 2019 at 2:21 AM
It's a simple text string replacement so I cannot imagine why it should clash with MCC.

I love mod ideas that evolve from playing the game and having an issue with it. Good job, iraht!
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#5 Old 10th Nov 2019 at 10:57 AM
this is a cool mod, ty. quick question do sims leave graves if they die somewhere else?
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#6 Old 10th Nov 2019 at 9:37 PM
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Originally Posted by animeaj
this is a cool mod, ty. quick question do sims leave graves if they die somewhere else?


Yes normally they do. The grave should appear at the front door of their house. Though I have had it happen where Sims would die somewhere random (at a bar or something) and there's no grave stone, or if they were the last sim in the household, I have had it happen that it didn't generate a grave either. In both cases I recommend checking out the "Release all ghosts/Get urn for..." mod from LittleMsSam's "Random Small Mods" collection. With that installed you can generate a grave/urn for any sims that you might need one for
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#7 Old 10th Nov 2019 at 9:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Simorph
Very creative! Did you have a chance to try this mod with MCC installed? There's a culling/no culling feature in there too. I haven't used it much but wonder if having it installed will conflict with yours? And MCC's doesn't give you the cool warning your does!! I like yours better!


The warning is actually just The Sims 4 itself, I just made it so it shows both first and last name, instead of only first name
Test Subject
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#8 Old 11th Nov 2019 at 4:02 PM
Hi, this seems useful! :-) odd it's not like that in the game already.

I am wondering, if they fades away, if you don't do any strengthening, will they be removed from all ancestors trees (don't know what they are called again), or are that fading only related to their ability to become ghosts and having a gravestone?

And will that notification come always or only when you play with someone that knew that sim?
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#9 Old 11th Nov 2019 at 9:02 PM
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Originally Posted by sweet_lilja
Hi, this seems useful! :-) odd it's not like that in the game already.

I am wondering, if they fades away, if you don't do any strengthening, will they be removed from all ancestors trees (don't know what they are called again), or are that fading only related to their ability to become ghosts and having a gravestone?

And will that notification come always or only when you play with someone that knew that sim?


The notification only shows if your sims knew the sim that is fading. If you don't do anything, the sim will be deleted from the game and can never be summoned or interacted with again, they basically never existed, however they will remain on the family tree with name and picture. Sims with relationships to that sim will not "remember" them anymore; they just don't know them. The family tree and a grave stone will be all that remains.
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#10 Old 9th Jun 2020 at 2:50 AM
Does this still work with the new patch? Thank you!
Test Subject
#11 Old 10th Jun 2020 at 2:04 PM Last edited by aelfwyne : 20th Jun 2020 at 8:03 PM.
Does this help with the issue that sometimes it shows the same "Fading" notification like 5 times in a row?

EDIT: Can confirm I still get duplicates of the Spirit Fading message. But at least it has the last name now.