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Picked upload! [Tester Needed] AnyGameStarter v. 2.2.0-UC (Ultimate Collection) * UPD 25 Dec 2017

by Numenor Posted 25th Dec 2017 at 7:27 PM - Updated 27th Dec 2017 at 8:37 PM by Numenor
62 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 20 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.
This mod is compatible ONLY with the Ultimate Collection
If you use the standard (CD/DVD) game version please download the AGS v. 2.1.x


Though some testing has been done, this tool is a BETA VERSION
which means that it may not working perfectly. In case of problems, uninstall the AnyGameStarter and
restore the game via Origin (your main savegame will be preserved).

>>> ANYGAMESTARTER <<<
Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!




IMPORTANT - COMPATIBILITY LIST
This AGS version is compatible only with the Ultimate Collection downloaded via Origin.
If you use any "Ultimate Collection" NOT from Origin, try using the AGS v. 2.1.1.



The installer has been tested under Windows 10 (32bit and 64bit)
(but should work fine with any older Windows version down to XP)
and must be run under an administrator account.


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HOW TO USE THE ANYGAMESTARTER v.2.2.0-UC

The usage of this tool has not changed, compared to the "old" Version 2.1.1; therefore you can refer to the AGS 2.1.1 instructions page.

The only DIFFERENCES with the old 2.1.1 are the following:
  • The Mansion&Garden SP is always included in the mini-game configuration; this is due to the peculiar structure of the Ultimate Collection, that contains only one executable (Sims2EP9.exe) that came with the M&G stuff pack. In the EP/SP list, the M&G option is always selected (if you deselect it, M&G will be included anyway).


  • This new AGS allows new and greater screen resolutions for the mini-game; in order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Ultimate Collection not recognizing the latest video cards.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I would like to thank maybesomethingdunno for asking me to update the AGS; it's been fun and somewhat heartwarming to come back to the Sims 2 modding for a short while
Please consider that I'm still retired from modding: I'll keep an eye on the new AGS 2.2 thread in order to solve the possible problems with it, but please don't rely on an immediate response from me.
Many thanks also to gdayars (and maybesomethingdunno himself) for testing the AGS for me.

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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

University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AnyGameStarter_Setup_2.2.0-UC_x32-x64.zip | Description: AnyGameStarter v. 2.2.0 for the ULTIMATE COLLECTION ONLY 2.22 MB 764 25th Dec 2017
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


Need more information?
 
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Scholar
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#2 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 7:30 PM
Heck yes! This is wonderful.
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 7:33 PM
Official proof that TS2 is very much alive, and always will be. Thank you for coming back and giving this to the community Numenor
The Great AntiJen
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#4 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 7:34 PM
You lovely man you - thanks so much for this
just a girl
#5 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 7:40 PM
Quote:
The Mansion&Garden SP is always included in the mini-game configuration

Does it mean the code version will always be the highest?
Like if I wanted to test a mod from a point of view of a player that has, say, Seasons as the latest EP, I can't do that, right?

In any case, I'm kinda excited and happy to see this tool updated. Thank you!
*shrugs*
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#6 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 7:45 PM
Thank you so much for this. <3
Scholar
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#7 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 8:02 PM
Yayyyy I'm So Excited!
Forum Resident
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#8 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 8:04 PM
THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS!!
I can't thank you enough for giving this a try! Oh, my, it's wonderful.
I'm downloading right away, and if I find some little time I'll be sure to do some testing. Oh, my, I may even try to build some more houses.
*runs to back up her current hood*
Scholar
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25th Dec 2017 at 8:48 PM
This message has been deleted by Emerald1234. Reason: spoke too soon
Test Subject
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#9 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 8:58 PM
...this may be the best Christmas present this year XD So happy to see an updated AGS!
The ModFather
retired moderator
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#11 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 10:21 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxon
You lovely man you - thanks so much for this

We all should thank @maybesomethingdunno for compelling me to update the AGS : It was fun to come back to modding after so long

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
Does it mean the code version will always be the highest? Like if I wanted to test a mod from a point of view of a player that has, say, Seasons as the latest EP, I can't do that, right?

Correct. The minimum configuration managed by the AGS-UC is Basegame+Mansion&Garden. I you have to test something in a "non-M&G" environment, you can't. I understand that this is quite a limitation for the AnyGameStarter (we should rename it "AlmostAnyGameStarter" ) but alas, there is nothing we can do to remove this limitation. The old AGS worked because the standard game contains 1 executable for each EP and SP, while the Ultimate Collection contains only ONE executable.

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Originally Posted by Dina Caliente
Numenor is still here?? :D

Yes I am! But I'm still in retirement (as for modding, I mean ); I only came back for this new AGS.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
The ModFather
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#12 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 10:31 PM
Oh, by the way... I don't know in the rest of the world, but here in Italy it's still Christmas (for about half an hour ), so...
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all the MTS users and staff members!
Field Researcher
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#13 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 10:40 PM
Numenor!!!!!!!! We all love you!!! Hugs to you and Mary Lou!!!! Merry Christmas.
Lab Assistant
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#14 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 10:41 PM
Thank you, Numenor!! Merry Christmas to you and all of MTS!
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
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#15 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 11:50 PM
The Modfather returns. Good to see you, Stefano- thanks for this update!
Scholar
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#16 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 12:30 AM
Welcome back this may tempt me back to Sims 2
Alchemist
#17 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 3:06 AM
Oh! Glorious timing - I was just starting to try to figure out how to make my old AGS work with my new UC install.
Thank you, and many blessings to you Numenor
And a very merry Christmas indeed!

Please ~ support my TS2 habit! Shop at my Etsy shops:
CatherinesJewelry ~ Artisan Jewelry
Catherine's MOUSE ~ Up/Recycled Jewelry
and Vintage Stuffeths
Time flies like an arrow ~ fruit flies like a banana
Ah, well... there is that
So, do you know the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
Field Researcher
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#18 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 3:19 AM
This is truly a fantastic Christmas gift. Good to see you again, Numenor.
Test Subject
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#19 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 3:49 AM
Numenor! Merry Christmas and thank you very much for this updated AGS and mostly for making my day. It was a big and very pleasant surprise to se you haven't fully abandoned this community. Thank you.
Instructor
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#20 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 10:05 AM
I couldn't believe my eyes! This is awesome ... I'm still playing with disc but it's good to know that when I finally decide to switch over this is available. Thank you so much Numenor! Big hug to @maybesomethingdunno for being our advocate.
Instructor
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#21 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 12:24 PM
Numenor???? No, they left years ago. This is some type of Xmas Joke. I'm aware that for UC people like me, Any Starter is impossible.
Numenor is gone and I've accepted that. Or maybe I'm dreaming and this really is Xmas. Now this is what I call a proper present. Yippie, thanking you for everything.
Theorist
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#22 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 2:45 PM
Wow, what a pleasant surprise! There is clearly no doubt that the TS2 community has some wonderfully loyal fans and creators - thank you.
Mad Poster
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#23 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 3:04 PM
Thank you so much!
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
retired moderator
#24 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 4:49 PM
Did the normal AGS get an update too? I'd love to not have to edit the registry files every time I run it. I thought you were gone forever and had mostly resigned myself.

AGS installs like this: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\1.0]
But to make it work, I need to add "Wow6432Node\" to every single line, in both the AGS reg and the Full reg, as such:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\1.0]
Alchemist
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#25 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 6:37 PM
Thank you!
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