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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 8:27 PM - Updated 27th Dec 2017 at 9:37 PM by Numenor
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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.
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 291 25th Dec 2017
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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: 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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Alchemist
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#26 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 7:37 PM
Thank you!
Gone Fishin'
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#27 Old 26th Dec 2017 at 9:33 PM
You wonderful, wonderful person, you! The main reason I haven't got the UC but still play from disc is that it would mean I could no longer use the AGS, and I depend on it both as a modder and a player. Thank you SO MUCH for updating it! It's a pity we'll no longer be able to test our stuff in a non-M&G setup, that's one of the main things I use the AGS for today, but I get why it has to be this way. And better a limited AGS than no AGS!

Can't test this since I (currently) don't have the UC, but if and when I do get it, this will be the first thing I download.
The ModFather
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#28 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 12:38 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaenoh
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]


You are right. I've been selfish: since I switched to a 64bit operating system, I created a personal x64 version of the AGS and I didn't uploaded it to MTS.
Let me check the code and I will soon upload an updated AGS that should work in both 32bit and 64bit environments.
By the way, I realized too late that the current AGS, while it's advertised as 32/64bit, actually is only partially compatible with x64 Windows versions, because back then I didn't realize the importance of the 'Wow6432Node' registry entry.

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.
Test Subject
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#29 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 2:30 AM
It works for me thanks so much
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
staff: retired moderator
#30 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 5:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
I created a personal x64 version of the AGS and I didn't uploaded it to MTS. Let me check the code and I will soon upload an updated AGS that should work in both 32bit and 64bit environments.
Ohmygawd, I love you!!!! Thank you!
Theorist
#31 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 5:31 PM
*squeeeee* Looking forward to the 64bit version - THAT will be abso-floggin'-lutely perfect!

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The ModFather
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Original Poster
#32 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 10:42 PM
@Phaenoh - Look at the other thread...

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.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#33 Old 28th Dec 2017 at 1:52 PM
You're back!!
Test Subject
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#34 Old 29th Dec 2017 at 3:52 AM
Amazing!! Thank you so much!!! <3
Lab Assistant
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#35 Old 29th Dec 2017 at 3:51 PM
What a delightful surprise to come across this, THANK YOU!
The Great AntiJen
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#36 Old 30th Dec 2017 at 1:24 AM
You're totally not selfish Numenor.
Alchemist
THANKS POST
#37 Old 30th Dec 2017 at 9:17 AM
All happiness and love to you Numenor!
Top Secret Researcher
#38 Old 31st Dec 2017 at 10:24 AM
Ooh! Finally, thank you so much! I finally figured out how to install AGS with Windows 10 64-bit, but now I wish I'd waited!
Instructor
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#39 Old 3rd Jan 2018 at 4:00 PM
I was hoping so much that this would be possible! BEST GIFT EVER! I can finally play my themed games with the packs I want! I don't mind about M&G being included, I love the extra plants too much and understand the limitation. It's a bit more limited than the original, but honestly I am SO grateful you made this, thank you!
Field Researcher
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#40 Old 3rd Jan 2018 at 4:40 PM
Thank you, I'm happy to see you back !
Space Pony
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#41 Old 5th Jan 2018 at 7:02 PM
Thank you Numenor for returning to the community to address this issue for those of us with UC. I wish you a great new year! :)
Field Researcher
#42 Old 6th Jan 2018 at 6:18 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaenoh
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]


Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
You are right. I've been selfish: since I switched to a 64bit operating system, I created a personal x64 version of the AGS and I didn't uploaded it to MTS.
Let me check the code and I will soon upload an updated AGS that should work in both 32bit and 64bit environments.
By the way, I realized too late that the current AGS, while it's advertised as 32/64bit, actually is only partially compatible with x64 Windows versions, because back then I didn't realize the importance of the 'Wow6432Node' registry entry.


Could you update the normal AGS to a french version too. Because it will do strange things in my directory ... As I have lost my old computer, I'm not courageous enough to load it with my new one and I really miss it.
French entry is "Les Sims 2" instead of "The Sims 2".
I don't know if you need the french translation of EPs too.

Even though it was not possible to do, thanks for all of your creations, I really appreciate those.

I believe in the "Thanks" button and its amazing powers !!!
The ModFather
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#43 Old 7th Jan 2018 at 11:32 AM
@ankoyume - The AGS for the Ultimate Collection is a simplified version of the standard AGS; one of the simplifications is using the name "The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection" for any language. I actually didn't think of the non-English languages.
Can you please explain what "strange things" are you experiencing? Or better, you could compress in a Zip/Rar archive the entire folder (Documents)\AnyGameStarter\AppFiles and attach it to your message, so I can take a look.

EDIT Wait, are you talking about the standard AGS or the AGS-UC for the Ultimate Collection? If you have problems with the standard AGS, then please write a post in the proper thread and attach the zipped AppFiles folder there, thank you.

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.
Test Subject
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#44 Old 8th Jan 2018 at 8:09 AM
Thanks! Your the best!
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 10th Jan 2018 at 1:49 AM Last edited by BkajnlConcepts : 10th Jan 2018 at 1:59 AM.
Just installed AGS to test a mod I'm making and it will crash upon loading a household...

EDIT: Fixed it! I loaded an EP and the game loaded.
Test Subject
#46 Old 13th Jan 2018 at 1:07 PM
Default Shortcut Problems
I have some feedback for AGS. The first time I install Anygame and make a game, I can start the game with the shortcut on my desktop. But the next time I want to start the game again the shortcut cannot find where I is pinting at and the game won't start. If you make an other game the shortcuts also don't work anymore.
I can start the original game without any problems do.
Can someone help me solve this problem please.
Instructor
#47 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 3:24 AM
I have a similar problem. The programme works beautifully the first time. I copied over some files from my standard UC game. But trying to open the new anygame a second time, results in having to run original zip to get back the icons, then having to tell the programme to find the correct directory, then restarting windows over again. I'm forced to remove the programme from the computer and start all over again. Is there a permanent opton like in the original AGS?
Scholar
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#48 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 7:19 AM
A very pleasant surprise to have you logged back in on MTS, Numenor!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#49 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 9:59 AM
@Diovanlestat - Does the AGS asks for the correct Document directory even after restarting Windows?
If the problem persists, can you please attach your log file? It' a file named "StartAnyGame1Log.txt", located in (Documents)\AnyGameStarter\AppFiles .

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.
Instructor
#50 Old 16th Jan 2018 at 7:32 AM
@Numenor - I have a win.8 laptop networked to a win.10 desktop (if that makes a difference). Tried all combinations, after restarting and after shutting down. Programme won't read the new AGS1 directory. You agree the registry to get round Origin and it just loads up the normal game. It also regenerates the file. It managed to create 2 new UC files, one on the original one and one on the AGS1. Not sure how to upload log file on MTS but will give it a try. Thanks a lot.

Found out how - Log file sent.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar StartAnyGame1Log.rar (1,020 Bytes, 3 downloads)
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Operating System: Windows
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Tags: #AnyGameStarter, #Ultimate Collection