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Picked upload! "Trompe-l'oeil" Painting-TV *UPD 06oct2008*

by Numenor Posted 5th Oct 2008 at 10:43 PM - Updated 21st Oct 2008 at 12:17 AM by Numenor
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
"TROMPE-L'OEIL" HIDDEN FLAT-PANEL TV
by Numenor


06 OCT 2008 - BUGFIX: Price is no longer zero; now it costs 9000.


It's a painting!... No, it's a TV!... No, look, it's a painting!
It's the fabulous "Trompe-l'oeil" Painting-TV!!!

Some homes are just too luxury, or too classic, to allow placing a prosaic modern TV in your living room. But, on the other hand, just looking at paintings doesn't give much fun...
The perfect solution is the "Trompe-l'oeil" Painting-TV: it looks like a perfect copy of a painting (classic or modern, you choose), until you use your remote control to reveal the state-of-the-art plasma TV hidden under the canvas. Your guests will have a wonderful surprise when this painting suddenly turns into a hi-tech TV! Countless "Ohhh", "Aaah" and "Wow" guaranteed!


INTRODUCTION
This is quite an old project, dating back to May 2007, that I never finished... until today The main problem (that I soved only recently) was forcing the television to display a custom texture for the "screen off" state, instead of the default dark grey used for all the other TVs.
For those who don't know and are curious about it, "Trompe-l'il" is French, and literally means "trick the eye"; in architecture, the "trompe-l'oeil" technique is quite a different thing than this object but nevertheless this object is supposed to trick the eye!


IN-GAME USAGE
Use this object as a standard wall-mounted TV; you can watch normal channels, movies (FT only) and weather forecasts (SSN only), and of course you can also work out in front of it. The Painting-TV uses the very same Maxis code, so there isn't anything special from this point of view. But when you turn it off, it reverts back to its "painting" appearance!
While buying it from the catalog (in the "TV & Computers" section), you can choose between two styles: a slim and linear modern frame with a city night view; or a baroque golden frame with the famous "Etoile" portrait by Degas.
NOTE: though the meshes of the two alternative frames are different, there is only one TV in the catalog; the two styles are selected by choosing a recolour.


GAME COMPATIBILITY
This TV is compatible with any game, from the base game to Apartment Life. You will find in the pie menu all the functions related to the EPs that you have installed, including watching movies (if you have Freetime) and weather forecasts (if you have Seasons).


RECOLOURS
As usual, my objects are a little particular .
The object contains two different meshes for the frame, but only one is displayed at a time. This is achieved by means of special textures that "hide" the unwanted mesh using a transparent Alpha channel.
In order to create a recolour for the frame, load the TV in Object Workshop and select the frame (classic or modern) that you want to create a recolour for. Depending on your choice, the resulting recolour package will contain a texture where the left part or the right part is transparent: just ignore the transparent part and recolour the visible part.



CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - COPYRIGHT
All the meshes have been derived from original Maxis meshes. The "City Landscape" painting is by Maxis, the "Etoile" painting is by Degas.
the internal code, and in particular the ability to use a custom "screen off" texture, is by me. DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE.


Poly Count: 868 faces, 789 vertices.

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
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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Numenor_Painting-TV.rar 357.2 KB 14,531 5th Oct 2008
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


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