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Picked upload! Uber-Megahood: All Maxis Neighborhoods in One (Megahood + Belladonna Cove)

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 13th Sep 2008 at 9:11 PM - Updated 7th Aug 2010 at 8:50 AM by HystericalParoxysm
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
What is this for?

Ever wanted to play the Maxis neighborhoods, but couldn't choose just one? Ever wanted sims from Strangetown to meet sims from Pleasantview, but didn't want to move them over in the method that creates a Big Fiery Ball Visible From Space? Loved my Megahood, but wanted Belladonna Cove too? If so, this neighborhood is for you!

This is a new Pleasantview, with six shopping districts: Bluewater Village, Strangetown, Veronaville, Riverblossom Hills, Desiderata Valley, and Belladonna Cove - i.e. Pleasantview with all of the other Maxis neighborhoods attached as shopping districts. If you already have a Pleasantview or already have my Megahood Pleasantview, this will not overwrite or replace your existing Pleasantview(s).

This is basically the same thing as my Megahood, only it has Apartment Life's Belladonna Cove included too.


This is NOT a Megahood Addon!

This is a completely standalone neighborhood and is NOT an addon to the existing Megahood!

It is -not- possible for me to just give you some files you can toss in your Neighborhood folders and use as an addon to the Megahood you've already downloaded and been playing with. I wish I could, but due to the way this is had to be made, I can't!

If it bothers you that it's not an addon:
  • Want to move sims from the existing Megahood into the Uber-Megahood? Do NOT move sims from any existing neighborhoods or the Megahood into the Uber-Megahood unless you do it properly! Moving sims from one neighborhood to another is a Very Bad Thing under most circumstances! If you just must move sims into the Uber-Megahood, do it properly, with these instructions: Game Help - Moving Sims. You will have to wait until SimPE is updated for Apartment Life (or get the QA version) to do so!

  • Want to make Belladonna Cove a part of the existing Megahood yourself? No, you really, REALLY don't. Just trust me on this. This took me about a week to get right and it's a GIANT pain in the ass - more than making the Megahood was originally. If for some reason you still want to do it, you'll need the QA version of SimPE, SaraMK's original tutorial, and my tips. Doing so is difficult, complicated, and a HUGE pain in the ass and I will not be providing help or support on doing so in this thread whatsoever.

Maxis Sims:

I created the Uber-Megahood using the Cleaned Up Templates so you'll have all of the Maxis playables, their memories, relationships, etc.

You will also have all of the sim-bin families from the base game and required EPs (including the ones that were missing with the Megahood) available as well. Simbin sims from Pets, Bon Voyage, University, or Nightlife will not be included as this was not made with any of those EPs - I don't even have them installed!

There may be some additional quirks involved due to the use of those templates (like Pleasantview's Bella Goth - the real one - being alive and well). These quirks are not my doing, and if you have any questions on why certain sims are missing/alive/dead/blonde, please ask on the Cleaned Up Templates Thread at MATY. I have personally done -no- fiddling with any of the sims involved, any of their genetics, relationships, or anything like that... it all comes from those templates, so I won't know the answer if you ask me if someone has something fixed.

No Goopy Gilscarbo, no Meadow Thayer, and no Joe Carr (and similar sims). There are -some- stupidly-named townies, but that's kinda unavoidable.


Expansion Packs Required:

The Uber-Megahood REQUIRES ALL of the following listed EPs!

If you do not have all of the following expansions, you cannot use it! Each expansion changes the way the game data works, thus all of these ARE required - I actually uninstalled the other unneeded EPs so it wouldn't require more (couldn't wait for the AnyGameStarter), but this is the minimum you need to use this!
  • Open for Business (for shopping districts)
  • Seasons (for Riverblossom Hills)
  • Free Time (for Desiderata Valley)
  • Apartment Life (for Belladonna Cove)

If you do not have the required EPs:
  • No Apartment Life? If you do not have Apartment Life but have OfB, Seasons, and Free Time, get my Megahood.

  • Nightlife Only? If you only have the base game and Nightlife, you can get SaraMK's Pleasantview, Strangetown & Veronaville Project which has the two other original 'hoods as downtowns of Pleasantview.

  • Other Combinations: No, I will NOT make any other versions - it is a time consuming and painfully boring process that I do not wish to repeat. If you want some other combination of sub-hoods/expansion packs, then you will have to either follow SaraMK's Tutorial on Combining Maxis Neighborhoods and do it yourself as I did when I couldn't find what I wanted already made!

Known Issues:

None so far. I've done some basic testing and everything seems to be fine. No issues with Gustav's Grocery in this one.

I make no guarantees, so please test this neighborhood for me and let me know if there are any major issues. Use at your own risk. Your mileage may vary. Not to be used for the other use. Remove nutmeats from shell before eating. Caution, contents will be hot after heating. This product not intended for use as a dental drill. Has been found to cause cancer in laboratory mice. Not intended for highway use. Do not insert into anus.


If you have problems while using the Uber-Megahood:

If you have problems, I would appreciate detailed reports so I can fix them. However, I don't want to waste time tracking down issues that are not due to my Uber-Megahood, but other custom content, etc., you may have installed - just because you're having a glitch in my Uber-Megahood does not mean it is a problem with the Uber-Megahood!

I really do appreciate reports, but "Halp it don't work!" or "Stuff is messing up!" will not help me fix anything.

If you are having problems with my Uber-Megahood, please test the problem properly so that you can give me a useful report so I can fix it. This means that you MUST go through each and every step, in order, of The Game Problem FAQ before reporting the issue to me, to make sure it's not a problem on your end!

If you have an issue to report, you MUST state you have gone through each step of the Game Problem FAQ and tried everything there (please list what you tried), as well as a detailed description of the problem - exactly what happened, what you'd been doing before that, etc.... If you do not do this, your report may be ignored till you go through and do as I ask so I can properly identify problems.


If you downloaded the previously-uploaded Uber-Megahood:

I posted a version of the Uber-Megahood on 08 September 2008 - please DELETE that previous version and download the new version. I'm very sorry for the problems as I know this is a big download, but that version was broken.


Installation Instructions:

1. Download: Download the single file 270 mb RAR. Save it somewhere you can find them (like a folder on your desktop). This is 270 mb total - yes, I know it's huge, but that's just the way it is.

2. Extract from RAR: Simply right-click on the "N373.rar" file and choose "Extract Here."[/indent].

3. Move Folder: Cut and paste N373 to your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods folder. Because it is N373 it should not interfere with any existing neighborhoods - including existing copies of Pleasantview or any other neighborhoods - even the old Megahood.

4. Play: Now you can begin playing with the combined hood. If you already have a Pleasantview, it will be the second Pleasantview listed. If you already have my Megahood and a regular Pleasantview, it will be the third Pleasantview listed. You can play them all separately just fine.


Very Important Information (MUST READ!):

Do NOT under ANY circumstances attempt to attach another shopping district to this neighborhood, EVER!

I have already included a default Bluewater Village shopping district. You may NOT add additional custom shopping districts!

If you attempt to add another shopping district to this neighborhood it will completely ruin the entire neighborhood and the only thing you can do at that point is delete it! There is -no- fix if you accidentally add a new shopping district!

You MAY safely add Downtowns, Universities, and Vacation Destinations but NEVER shopping districts!

It does appear you can -delete- the included shopping districts if there's one you don't want, but I offer no guarantee that this will work without ruining the neighborhood - I tried it briefly and it seems to go fine but I didn't do a deep test. If you -do- decide to delete included shopping districts and you've already played with the Uber-Megahood, make a copy of it first!


Download Links:

Please download the file from the following link: N373.rar

Because it is such a large file (270 MB) I have uploaded it separately instead of to MTS. It should be a quick download and that is a direct link - no registration required.

Recommended Additional Files:
  • To prevent any newly created townies and NPCs from having stupid names, I strongly recommend my Modified NPC and Townie Names mod
  • Get yourself a set of default replacement face templates. Here's some, with links there to more. This will keep newly created townies and NPCs from being Maxis fugly.
  • Pescado's antiredundancy.zip, to prevent unneeded NPCs from spawning.


Thanks to:
  • SaraMK, for her tutorial on this, and for the cleaned-up templates.
  • IAmTheRad, for the Clean Hobbies Template.
  • Whoever uploaded the empty Magic and Weather templates there too - my apologies, my brain is already leaking out my ears so I can't find names to credit on the thread.
  • Quaxi, and everyone who has contributed to the development of SimPE.
  • Delphy, for hugging me and listening to me blubber about how I couldn't get this stupid thing working the first several tries.

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

Open for Business Seasons Free Time Apartment Life

You need to be a Registered Member to be able to download from MTS. Registration allows you to thank and leave comments for the creators, see your download history, participate in the discussions and much more!

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: 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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Test Subject
#176 Old 30th Aug 2009 at 9:41 PM
I can't understand - what happening with the hoods towneis, like Bella from Strangetown - they dissapiered?
Lab Assistant
#177 Old 2nd Sep 2009 at 9:06 AM
YOU R A LIFESAVER! i have lost my belladonna cove and now i have it bk YAY! thankyou so much, i have lost all my ppl from belladonna but at least i can start rebuilding thanks!

accept no imitations
music is 4 life
did i forget to mention i make no sense to anyone?
xxx
Test Subject
#178 Old 18th Sep 2009 at 8:27 PM
Love the MegaHood. One year later and the Neighborhood still hasn't gone to hell yet, but it's getting there. Thanks for the Mod.
Test Subject
#179 Old 23rd Oct 2009 at 7:09 PM
Just leaving a comment to let you know that your Uber-Megahood (and Megahood) are both broken links. I have tried both the "huge, one file" version, and the strings of twenty or thirty files. None of them work; they point me to an advertising company (expired domain).
Test Subject
#180 Old 24th Oct 2009 at 8:32 AM
^Ditto.
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#181 Old 24th Oct 2009 at 10:24 AM
Gnarr. I'm looking into it. Thanks for the heads up.
Test Subject
#182 Old 30th Oct 2009 at 5:30 PM
Hey HystericalParoxysm, I have the zip file for the uber-megahood on my computer. Just in case you took it off yours or something.
Test Subject
#183 Old 31st Oct 2009 at 10:49 PM
when this thing comes back ((when the links' fixed)) i'm gonna be soo happy ^^
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#184 Old 31st Oct 2009 at 11:33 PM
Just download the files from here for now - I know my site is down and I'm working to fix it but it's gonna take some time and I just moved so fixing website priorities are fairly low in comparison to things like reassembling my bed.

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#185 Old 2nd Nov 2009 at 6:28 PM
Broken link, can you please fix it?
Test Subject
#186 Old 2nd Nov 2009 at 8:47 PM
Hey HP...
Thank you so much for this uber coolness..
I've been looking foreward to downloading this, but now when actually doing it, it won't let me. :´(
Test Subject
#187 Old 3rd Nov 2009 at 2:41 PM
download it from where? i dunno vv i reeeeaaaallllyyyy want vv
Test Subject
#188 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 9:45 PM
Oh, of course your life comes first HP, this is just a game. I hope you'll get your bed reassembled and everything in its own place! Moving can be a very hard work. I have been stalking here for some time now waiting to get this since I had the one that didn't work but I can wait (and I hope everyone else can too and don't harras anyone about having to wait).

Anyways, thanks a lot for making this megahood and I will most certainly enjoy it very much in due time. Have a nice day (or night ;-) )!
Lab Assistant
#189 Old 5th Nov 2009 at 11:52 AM
I reallly adore this neighborhood just by reading the description ... Unfortunately it's impossible to get a connection to the respective site. Could you please give us a hint wherelse we can get it? I saw that at Maty they offer a similar neighborhood, but I really would like to get yours. Thank you in advance for your endeavours.
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#190 Old 5th Nov 2009 at 11:55 AM
I have two threads (Megahood and Uber-Megahood) and I was thinking the files were attached here when they're not (they're on the other one, grr). Unfortunately all the data on my site has been lost. I'll have to rebuild this from scratch, once I have time. Currently, I don't. Apologies for the inconvenience.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
YOUR BUTTHURT SUSTAINS ME.
Lab Assistant
#191 Old 5th Nov 2009 at 2:07 PM
Never mind, I'll wait for it. So I've got something to lookforward! Thank you so much for your fast reply!
Field Researcher
#192 Old 6th Nov 2009 at 2:11 PM
hmmm not showing up when I try to download it. mia I guess.
Test Subject
#193 Old 7th Nov 2009 at 11:08 AM
Thanks Hysterical. Good luck unpacking (gah!).
Test Subject
#194 Old 7th Nov 2009 at 12:06 PM Last edited by KatKaleen : 9th Nov 2009 at 1:23 PM. Reason: My question was stupid.
Dear HP,
as Proudgeek8 said, he still has the ZIP-file for the Uber-Megahood on his computer. It´s just like when the server had a severe data-loss, I think he will be glad to send it to you, so you don´t have to do it all again. After all, it´s just returning a piece of art to its creator.
Uhm, besides my desire to thank you a phantastillion times for creating this, while waiting for it I came to a realisation.
(The question I asked after that actually was very stupid, as a bit more research quickly told me. )
However, the tutorial over at MATY is quite clear and I think I undestood how it works, so I´ll give it a try myself. And if I completely mess up, maybe the Uber-Megahood will be back by then.
Field Researcher
#195 Old 10th Nov 2009 at 6:58 PM
I actually have the zip file, too if anyone needs it.

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#196 Old 10th Nov 2009 at 8:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Proudgeek8
Hey HystericalParoxysm, I have the zip file for the uber-megahood on my computer. Just in case you took it off yours or something.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crmelsimlover
I actually have the zip file, too if anyone needs it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
I have two threads (Megahood and Uber-Megahood) and I was thinking the files were attached here when they're not (they're on the other one, grr). Unfortunately all the data on my site has been lost. I'll have to rebuild this from scratch, once I have time. Currently, I don't. Apologies for the inconvenience.
I`m interested in getting this thing, now that I have all of the required expansions installed, but, HystericalParoxysm, there`s no need to re-build this monster. PLEASE accept the kind offer of one of these kind Simmers to re-upload the RAR(s) of the Uber-Megahood.

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Lab Assistant
#197 Old 16th Nov 2009 at 11:39 PM
Default Download please!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crmelsimlover
I actually have the zip file, too if anyone needs it.

Yes please! I want this download very much. If possible, please post it so it can be downloaded. In zip file form sounds especially wonderful. I would be so thankful!
I made the decision to download this over a week ago and was so sad when it didn't work. I've been monitoring the comments ever since in the hopes that it would be back up. I see I'm not the only one!
Test Subject
#198 Old 18th Nov 2009 at 1:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chicklet
Yes please! I want this download very much. If possible, please post it so it can be downloaded. In zip file form sounds especially wonderful. I would be so thankful!
I made the decision to download this over a week ago and was so sad when it didn't work. I've been monitoring the comments ever since in the hopes that it would be back up. I see I'm not the only one!


So have I
Ackkk want this so bad ^^ But I can wait I guess... but if someone could get it to me it would be amazing :P
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