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Featured upload! AnyGameStarter v. 2.1.1 (all games) * UPD 9 May 2009

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2007 at 9:41 AM - Updated 8th Aug 2014 at 5:21 PM by leefish
532 Comments / replies (Who?) - 16 Feedback Posts, 6 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod is NOT compatible with the Ultimate Collection

Collection packs other than Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06 are not supported. If you install the AGS with any other collection pack, you will probably have to uninstall and reinstall all of your games to get back to a working state.

>>> 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 with any game and expansion on physical CD/DVD.
It support also Store Edition, Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06.
Don't use the AGS with expansions bought online from EA site, or other game editions not listed above

The installer works under Windows XP and Vista (32bit and 64bit)
and must be run under an administrator account.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION

  • Version 2.1.1 (9 May 2009)
    • BUGFIX: The "Replace" function didn't actually delete and replace the AnyGame1 any more (the bug was introduced with v. 2.1.0 and affected only the AnyGame1, while the AnyGames 2 and 3 were correctly replaced).
  • Version 2.1.0 (30 Apr 2009)
    • Introduced the ability to UPDATE existing AnyGames to a different EP configuration, without deleting and replacing the saved AnyGame (neighborhood, sims, downloads, etc.). The option is available only in Standard Mode (not in BGS mode), and only if the update is actually possible (see details in the "How to Use" and "Hints & Tips" sections, below).


WHAT IS THE ANYGAMESTARTER
The AnyGameStarter (in brief: 'AGS') allows to create a temporary test-game (and optionally a test-Bodyshop) including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course).
Typical usages of the AnyGameStarter include, for example:
  • Set up a game with few (or no) EPs, where to create lots with low (or no) game requirements.
  • Set up mutiple alternate themed Full Games (e.g. medieval, sci-fi etc.), with their own default replacements that don't affect the main game.
  • Set up an alternate game (with or without EP/SP) to play Legacy challenges.
  • Set up a game without Seasons, where to create functional CAS screens.
  • Set up a "base-game only", or a game with an unusual configuration, where to test an object or mod under specific conditions.
  • Set up a game with only one specific EP or SP, so to explore the new objects and features provided by that single pack (ever tried the thrill of running a game with only FFS, CEL and a Xmas pack? Geeeeez! )


HOW TO USE
First off, you have to download the rar attached to this post and extract the installer ("AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"). I suggest NOT to extract it to the desktop, so to avoid an eccessive clutter: better put the installer in a folder somewhere on your hard disk.
When done, double-click on the "AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"; you need to double-click on the installer only once: the very first time you run the installer, it will check if your Registry holds the correct path to the Documents folder, and will update all the existing AGS and BGS games making them compatible with Mansion & Garden (if you have it). Then, the installer will create two icons on your desktop:



You won't see any activity from the installer (apparently it doesn't even start...), but you will see the two new icons on your desktop. From this moment on, use the two icons tu run the AGS:
  • use the "Standard" icon to run the normal AnyGameStarter. Click the button below to know more.

  • use the "BGS Mode" icon to activate the special BaseGameStarter operating mode. Click the button below to know more.


Either mode you choose (Standard or BGS), the installer will let you - in addition to create new games - to delete existing games or making them permanent.

NOTE: the AGS installer must be run using an administrator account (the same used to install the full game).

HINTS & TIPS / F.A.Q.
Questions? Doubts? Problems? Click the button below!



HOW TO UNINSTALL
You can either use the Add/Remove Program panel, or run again the AGS installer and choose the option "Delete existing AnyGames" (and then select all the games). When you delete the last mini-game, the AGS is automatically uninstalled anyway.
NOTE: uninstalling the AGS will delete the three AGS games; neither the Full Game nor the PermaGames will be deleted.


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks a million to MaryLou for creating most of the icons and the community lot included in the mini-game.
The AGS installer has been created using Inno Setup, the ISTool user interface and a lot of self-learned Pascal coding -


CHANGELOG and HISTORY
It's a long story, but if you're interested, click the button!

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers 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.

Sims 2
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.zip | Description: Version 2.1 - Compatible with all Sims2 games 2.05 MB 19,735 14th Mar 2009
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\

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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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Test Subject
#476 Old 24th Sep 2012 at 10:10 PM
Thanks this is great
but I would I like to make a request for (and don't judge me please) for a version of this works with the unoffical fan made expansion pack Tits and Arse Stuff (which can be found for free on the internet, it's quiet good, if you like that 'sort of thing') along with the offical expansion packs. I know this a odd (and awaked request, but I hope you keep an open mind)
thanks anway
Field Researcher
#477 Old 4th Oct 2012 at 12:27 PM
I've used AnyGame to create an Empty Game, and for a peculiar reason (after loading the game a bunch of times) the game created townies.


???? It's like I'm doomed not to finish any project.
Test Subject
#478 Old 5th Oct 2012 at 6:12 PM
Please help me! I'm not dumb when it comes to understanding mods and Sims 2 techy bits but this is completely confusing. Can someone PLEEAAASEEE explain this to me?!
Field Researcher
#479 Old 5th Oct 2012 at 8:34 PM
OK...let's take a long breath...Repeat; I'm not that confused!...Your turn now...


AnyGameStarter (AGS for abbreviation) is a program that enables you to manage which Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs your game runs.

Whenever you run AnyGameStarter is like trying to install a new game in your PC, where you have the ability to choose which Expansion Packs will be included. For Example, if I have all the expansion packs, and I want to make a Downtown, I would run AGS so that to create a new game (different shortcut if it makes more sense to you) without having all the other Expansion Packs running, but only Nightlife.

The new game that is created is called AnyGame, and you can install up to three games simultaneously.

Covered?
Alchemist
#480 Old 9th Oct 2012 at 1:24 PM Last edited by sushigal007 : 13th Oct 2012 at 11:26 AM.
So, I've just spent most of the morning with my PC under remote control because uninstalling Ad-Aware resulting in annoying error messages whenever I tried to use AnyGame or my legacy Bodyshop. Reinstalling AdAware worked for a while, until it did an automatic scan and decided hidcon.exe was a virus. The man from Lavasoft eventually reported that the Bodyshop script had become corrupted and managed to fix it, but I figured I should post and let people know there may be issues if you use these two programs.

ETA: Oh, and teh annoying pop-up errirs come back if you run the installer again. Thanks, AdAware!
Scholar
#481 Old 15th Oct 2012 at 7:19 PM
I have a bit of a problem in that I purchased Sims 2 Double Deluxe from the Origin store and downloaded it using Origin. Now AGS won't work as it keeps asking for the DD disk.

Before I had DD I installed the Sims 2 DVD version, and though I had other packs downloaded using Origin (M&G included) AGS worked fine.

I know that this is my problem, but I was just wondering if anyone had some tips for me.

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Lab Assistant
#482 Old 8th Nov 2012 at 1:32 PM
As a result of having fun with pets pack and other packs, AGS really messed up everything. I am writing this as a warning if you have the triple packs. I could not uninstall anything and it was bothering my computer in a way no one would like. I had to actually wipe my entire computer because I didn't read everything Numenor wrote out properly. So in future, before downloading anything, please read what it goes with and doesn't. I'd like to thank my favorite creator for all of the other wonderful things you have created that I can and do use!!
Née whiterider
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#483 Old 18th Nov 2012 at 1:55 PM
AGS seems to be somewhat unreliable when it comes to properly editing the registry on 64-bit systems. It has been failing to edit the registry keys in WOW6432Node on my setup - which causes loading the AnyGame to fail, with an error message telling me that I'm running the wrong version and should use AL instead. Editing the InstalledEPs key in WOW6432Node manually, in addition to letting AGS edit the 32-bit keys and the Documents location, seems to fix the problem, although of course it's not ideal (and I'm pretty sure that last time I did this I ended up having to reinstall, but I really want this AnyGame to work).

It should also be possible to workaround this problem by editing the Sims2_AnyGameX.reg files in AppFiles (not forgetting to edit the Sims2_Full.reg file so that the 64-bit keys are properly restored as well). I'll have a go at this at some point.

I'd be interested to know if anyone has some idea of why this might be failing, since I have used AGS on 64-bit in the past with absolutely no problems. I'd also be interested to hear if other people are having the same problem and are unable to solve it by running all AGS stuff as administrator, although the usual caveat applies - do not try my suggested solution if you don't know precisely what you're doing.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Field Researcher
#484 Old 29th Dec 2012 at 2:21 AM
I'm having a tad bit of a problem. I have made a BGS game. When I click to start it (click the icon) and error shows up saying it can not find "FullGame.id", but I do have the file.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip AppFiles.zip (495.4 KB, 15 downloads)
Space Pony
THANKS POST
#485 Old 5th Jan 2013 at 2:58 PM
Just want to give a heads up, to only use this if you know exactly what you're doing in editing the registry. I did NOT know what I was doing. When it started, it asked me to browse to the correct Documents folder, which I thought I did. I created a BGS game (but couldn't test it because I was out of town and didn't have the CD). The next thing I know, other programs could not find my Documents folder, specifically two programs that I need to use for my grad school research. After a couple of hours not being able to fix it (again, because I didn't know what I was doing), I ended up having to restore my computer to the original factory settings. I had been meaning to restore it eventually, so it's all good, just be careful when using this! XD

EDIT: I'm posting this as a thanks because I think the idea of it is so awesome! I just wish I was smart enough to be able to use it :-/
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#486 Old 14th Jan 2013 at 6:19 AM
Ah, this has solved all of my problems.
*Deep breath*Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!
Thanks to this I have 4 different games:
1. My normal game with Maxis-Match CC
2. A Custom CAS tester without Seasons
3. A CC Free game
4. A Realistic CC game
So, thank you heaps for this marvelous creation!
Lab Assistant
#487 Old 14th Jan 2013 at 10:46 PM
So if I get this right, this shouldn't be used on 64-bit systems? Any chance this might be tweaked/updated to work for those of us who are not prepared to have something go wrong when installing this? (I certainly don't want to have to do a restore on my PC because of this!) Just wondering about this, because now after reading the comments here I'm quite scared to try it. :/

Just a lurker lurking through... mostly.

Sometimes I'm more interested in Sims than others, so I tend to disappear and reappear at random.
Mad Poster
THANKS POST
#488 Old 7th Mar 2013 at 10:40 PM
I've tried to read and figure this out on my own, but I can't so I'll just go ahead and ask. Is there any way to get custom content to show up in AGS, and if so, how is it done?

I am also somewhat worried about the mentions of AGS not working well on 64 bit systems. I got the same error messages as others have posted, about it not finding my documents. I didn't think much of it, so I directed it to where it is (via C, and it tells me it changed my registry. I can't say I wanted to let it do that, but done is done I guess. Do I need to worry about this?
Site Helper
#489 Old 7th Mar 2013 at 10:54 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 7th Mar 2013 at 11:17 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by humming-fli
So if I get this right, this shouldn't be used on 64-bit systems? Any chance this might be tweaked/updated to work for those of us who are not prepared to have something go wrong when installing this?
Numenor is no longer supporting this program. If you look, his last post was made on 21st Mar 2010, 03:11 AM. Apparently, he has left the Sims 2 community. Since he didn't share the source code for this program, there's no way for anyone to fix the problems. Another programmer would have to rewrite the AGS from scratch.

However, I believe that it should be possible to get the AGS working for 64-bit systems, just as it can be used with collection packs with some additional work. In fact, I believe that some of the people on this thread managed to get it working with 64-bit:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=450094

Since everything that you need is in plain text format in the AppFiles folder, it should be possible to solve any problems that arise, regardless of your system. In fact, plasticbox used the AGS method on his / her MAC.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gummilutt
Is there any way to get custom content to show up in AGS, and if so, how is it done?
Just add your CC to the AnyGame Downloads folder, rather than adding it to your full game Downloads folder. This thread has some additional hints:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=455178

Quote:
Originally Posted by gummilutt
I am also somewhat worried about the mentions of AGS not working well on 64 bit systems. I got the same error messages as others have posted, about it not finding my documents. I didn't think much of it, so I directed it to where it is (via C, and it tells me it changed my registry. I can't say I wanted to let it do that, but done is done I guess. Do I need to worry about this?
Everything that you need is in text files in the AppFiles folder. If you have any problems, zip and attach your AppFiles folder and I can try to help you. Please note that I do not monitor this thread, so you'll have to PM me to let me know that you need help. Alternatively, post in the first thread that I linked above... I monitor that forum.
Mad Poster
THANKS POST
#490 Old 8th Mar 2013 at 3:06 PM
Sigh =P I knew it was something painfully obvious that I missed. Thank you Mootilda. I will wait and see if I notice any problems due to the registry change. So far I have not noticed any problems.
Test Subject
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#491 Old 2nd Jun 2013 at 4:32 PM
I know this was a long time ago, but does this work on Windows 7 Home Premiuim 64bit?
Test Subject
#492 Old 12th Jul 2013 at 2:12 AM
Do you think there is any possible way that someone can make one of these for people who have, Fun with pets, University life, Best of Business? Because i would really love one, but if not that is ok too.
Test Subject
#493 Old 26th Jul 2013 at 6:52 AM Last edited by Elva94 : 26th Jul 2013 at 1:14 PM.
I need help ! (always try and keep a smile, even when panicked)

Right, so, I own a Compaq laptop, running on Windows Vista 32… My laptop is slow, old and overheats, but it runs the sims 2 ok. I’ve encountered glitches and bugs before, but they were mainly due to the Insiminator that I used to use.
However, over a month ago, I decieded to back up my files and re-install my computer. All went fine. I re-installed my sims 2 games (I have all EPs and HM fashion, Celebration Stuff and the 2006 Christmas Stuff packs.) I don’t have any patches du to the fact that I keep installing my games.
I’ve been re-installing my games for ages because of frequent bugs.
But I decieded to re-start my game from scratch ! (I’m teling you all this to get a general idea… Who knows, this might explain every thing).
BEFORE re-installing my laptop, I had a new, clean game with few downloads. I backed up my files, re-intalled laptop and games, and re-placed all my saved games (one Neighboorhod…)
All worked fine, until today, when I decieded to re-install the AGS. It had worked fine before hand.
After re-installing it, putting all my back-ups back into the files… I decieded to play my actual game. And there, I discovered that my Neighboorhood had vanished, and had been replaced by the one I had created with AGS !!
The Neighboorhood was the Free Time one, but I had added many suburbs (two business areas, a town center, a university) and many families.

I don’t really know what happened.

I’ve tried using the Inspector File Recovery, but it found NO deleted files (although I deleted lots on the AGS game…) It was my last hope.
So now, I’ve just got to hope you can help… If not… well, it’s not the first time I’ve lost everything (although those other times are due to bad file management, and I just can’t find them on my external hard-drive). I can get over it, I guess...
I’ve done a lot of exploring, and in my main game folders, I still have the downloads. But my neighborhood was replaced by this new one from the AGS.

I am almost 100% sure that when launching my my 1st AGS game (on slot 3, for some reason), it launched a game with one town (I cant remember which one) which I deleted, seeing as I was in the AGS game, and replaced with a "CAS" town... (that is the odd bit since the AG I had created did not have seasons, when the neighbouhood I use on my Base Game is the Seasons one...)

So, I hope you read this and help me out...

I can't find the AGSinstaller_Log.txt but I've .zip-ped the AppFiles...

Thank you so much for the help you may (or may not) provide !
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip AppFiles_Elva.zip (506.1 KB, 7 downloads)
Site Helper
#494 Old 26th Jul 2013 at 5:20 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 26th Jul 2013 at 5:36 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MatthewIDI
I know this was a long time ago, but does this work on Windows 7 Home Premiuim 64bit?
Please look back to post # 449. I believe that it may not work out of the box, but that you can make some changes and get it working. I can help you with that, but please read my research thread first. It's important to backup your system registry before you install the AGS, so that we can fix any problems.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonheart1999
Do you think there is any possible way that someone can make one of these for people who have, Fun with pets, University life, Best of Business? Because i would really love one, but if not that is ok too.
Yes, it's possible. We just need to find a programmer with enough free time to do it. Since we understand the mechanism, but Numenor never shared his source code, the AGS basically needs to be rewritten from scratch.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elva94
I need help !
I'm going to continue trying to help you in your existing help thread:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=508681
Test Subject
#495 Old 28th Jul 2013 at 4:03 PM
I first used the installer perfectly, nothing wrong with it. I created a game, it ran fine. Today, I tried to create another game today and I got this message.

"The item 'AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe.' that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly.

Do you want to delete this shortcut?

[Yes] [No]"


I tried downloading the AnyGameStarter from ModTheSims again, but this didn't fix it, the same message came up. The game I first created still works.

What can I do?
Test Subject
#496 Old 31st Jul 2013 at 9:09 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
Yes, it's possible. We just need to find a programmer with enough free time to do it. Since we understand the mechanism, but Numenor never shared his source code, the AGS basically needs to be rewritten from scratch.


well i have a lot of free time but i am not very good with codes and stuff, but my dad is a computer game programmer that works with codes often, maybe i can ask him.
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#497 Old 25th Sep 2013 at 11:06 PM
thanks for making
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