Someone was nice enough to send me the Sims 4 demo. I’ve had a look at the files (what little there was, about 1gb worth) and I can tell you that EA hasn’t made some great leap in terms of the game engine by the looks of things. From what I’ve seen, things are going to remain largely the same, except for the graphics. So if you’re worried that modders won’t be able to mod the Sims 4, I wouldn’t worry. It’ll be as easy as modding Sims 3. It’s not as if EA has gone from using machine code to ‘C’ in some great innovative leap. Everything you learned from me -assuming you bought my mod book ;) -will still apply for the most part. You’ll know what to look for this time around, which will make it a whole lot easier. But … and you knew it was coming … I’m in two minds about modding the next Sims game, for these reasons:
(1) I don’t feel the same way about the game as I used to. Maybe I’ve outgrown it. I don’t care as much. I’ve had a hard time even bothering to do updates for the last few mods, since I stopped “playing” the game.
(2) As I said above, lots of people who either bought my book or learned from reverse engineering my early teen mods will know what to look for and will no doubt be able to do it for themselves this time around with Sims 4, because the graphics engine may have changed but the game core will be more or less the same thing we’ve seen before with Sims 3. Ignore the naysayers who say modding Sims 4 is not going to be possible – they’re the same kind of people who said modding sims 3 wasn’t possible. They talk shit and know nothing.
(3) Anyone who knows me and has been following me on facebook knows that I have serveral serious issues in real life that I am trying to deal with at the moment – one of them a housing crisis- so unless I can sort those things out this year (unlikely) then I won’t be sparing much thought for the Sims.
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Inteen Future update version 4 – bug fixes
**fixed a couple of bugs in teen marriage and bed cuddling options.
Inteen 3 for future xp – patch 1.66
Removes Romance/Marriage/Pregnancy restriction between ages. Except for children, obviously.
Allows Teen only households (move out/move in/split/from cas etc.)
This version does not contain my old sims2style jealousy o polygamy … yet
This version (Uber) allows relations/pregnancy/marriage between relations/future descendents.
Mature Inteen scolding – meaning no scolding for pregnant, married or engaged teens
No teen curfew
Supernatural options enabled for teens.
Online dating enabled for teens.
*other options, see facebook for more details.
LGBT pregnancy/marriage enabled – no gender restrictions.
See Facebook page for instructions if you’re not sure how to install.
Check me on Facebook for updates, if any. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002843859956
People often ask me how to mod the Sims. I confess that explaining a process I take for granted is complicated. I’ve offered this advice before and I’ll offer it here again. You can read the Sims 3 modding book (details posted on here) that I’ve written but if you really want to know in a nutshell everything about my own approach to modding I direct you to the video below but only the part between 228 to 259.
Right there between 228 – 259 of this video is my entire approach to Sims 3 modding. It’s all you need to know. :)
As far as I know there is one more xp, a time travel one, due for release soon. I think it will be my last Inteen update in that case.
Not sure where if I will be modding for Sims 4 next year. On the whole, as many of you know from my blog and elsewhere, the Sims modding experience has not been a good one, unrewarding most of the time, and just about everything I created was ripped off somewhere down the line at some point,
Yeah, I feel I never got the credit I deserved for getting the Sims 3 modding ball rolling in a big way when I released my seminal Inteen mod and providing the scripting code that modders now use and take for granted – many of them are still unaware that they are using my original script loading code that is necessary to run every script mod you come across, but hey that’s their ignorance for you. And so much of my coding has been copied and used without credit, it’s crazy. So if I do mod for Sims 4, this time I might do it just for me. Still, I’ve done what I wanted to to do, and said what I wanted to say, and everything is in the modding book if anyone is interested – at least, that is something none of them can ever take away; it’s all there in black and white. :)
How To Mod The Sims 3
Until the end of October the book is available for less: