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Picked upload! Altered default NPC and townie names

by jordi Posted 12th Dec 2005 at 7:43 PM - Updated 10th Aug 2007 at 1:35 PM by jordi : instructions edited.
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This file changes the default list of names for townies and NPCs. It is mainly based on US Census data. It is enabled for both US and UK English (the lists are identical).

My source is these lists: http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names/names_files.html

To install, just unzip anywhere in My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\ or a subfolder.

Existing townies and NPCs should not be affected, but any new townies or NPCs should now get better names.

Note that if you start a new neighbourhood, you will still get all the 'Goopy Gilscarbo' etc. names: this is because TS2 imports those names from the default neighbourhood always. To get around this, use the instructions given here to create a 100% clean neighbourhood.

This file only contains names which I thought were realistic names for a neighbourhood in a western European or American locale, mostly as taken from the US Census. So you won't see any 'Abhijeet Depiesse' any longer, and instead a 'David Miller' or 'Stanley West'. However by no means are all "non-European" names removed.

This file has been tested with TS2 and all expansions, and works with all of them without any problems whatsoever.

If you have Pets installed, I have an alternate mod which also modifies Pet names available.


Note: this is a resubmission from the ‘betternames’ mod I pulled a while back.

Since an "ingame screenshot" won't make much sense here I've added a screenshot of some randomly generated townies and downtownies from SimPE.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
TS2BetterNames.zip 13.5 KB 11,539 10th Dec 2006
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\


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

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