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{{ii}} An open source re-implementation of the game based on the [http://freeso.org/ FreeSO] project. Currently available as a pre-alpha release; see the GitHub repository for details
  
 
==System requirements==
 
==System requirements==

Revision as of 14:38, 1 September 2017

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The Sims
The Sims cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 4, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) July 25, 2000
The Sims guide on StrategyWiki
The Sims on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
The Sims
Subseries of Sim
The Sims 2000
The Sims Online 2002
The Sims 2 2004
The Sims Stories (series)
MySims 2008
The Sims 3 2009
The Sims Medieval 2011
The Sims 4 2014

Key points

Limited video settings.
Playing the game with a CD/DVD is not possible on Windows 10

General information

Official Website
The Sims Wiki

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Disc check requires latest expansion installed.
Windows
Mac OS
Amazon.com
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
The Sims: Complete Collection
Windows
The Sims: Complete Collection includes the base game and all 7 expansions

Version differences

List of all different versions and regions can be found on Wikipedia.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

This is also the preferred installation order, installing expansions in other order may introduce problems or simply can't be installed. If installed in wrong order it's recommended to backup save data, completely uninstall the game and install again in correct order.
Name Notes
Livin' Large Also known as "Livin' It Up" in Europe
Windows
Mac OS
House Party
Windows
Mac OS
Hot Date
Windows
Mac OS
Vacation Also known as "On Holiday" in the Republic of Ireland and the UK
Windows
Mac OS
Unleashed
Windows
Mac OS
Superstar
Windows
Mac OS
Makin' Magic
Windows
Mac OS

Game data

Configuration file(s) and save game data location

Game saves are in form of neighborhoods instead of single household. X represents number of neighborhood, first neighborhood being numberless.
Initial setting up of new neighborhood and household may take several minutes even with higher end machines and it takes longer more expansion packs are installed.
Configuration files are encrypted.

Video settings

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Natively available resolutions are 800x600 and 1024x768.
Change through the game's launcher. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use the -w command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped under 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution

A pre-patched executable is available for 1920x1080; for other resolutions see the WSGF entry.
Unable to zoom in as close as the default resolution.
Some HUD elements become difficult to read due to rendering errors, such as the employment screen.
Can see more at once.
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  1. Copy this EXE file to your Sims installation folder.
  2. Run the file or rename it to Sims.exe to overwrite your original.
  3. Alternatively, follow the WSGF guide to patch in any resolution of your choice.

Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music and speech.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Speech is fictional language called Simlish.
Speech is subtitled with generic icons, important speech e.g. phone calls are given as popup window.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Pauses the game on Alt+Tab , option to disable.

Localizations

Game has to be installed with desired language option.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Finnish
Starting from Vacation expansion pack.
Installing that or later expansions changes language.
Danish
Polish
Swedish
French
Dutch
German
Spanish
Italian
Brazilian Portuguese
Norwegian

Issues fixed

Crashes and Compatibility with Windows versions after XP

At the time The Sims was released, it had the potential for crashes and issues. With each expansion, the game became less stable, and even on properly configured systems would crash periodically. This has not improved over time.
Problems may vary from not being able to install the game, from not being able to launch the game and lastly not being able to save the game.
With multicore CPU setups setting CPU affinity to only one core stabilizes gameplay, but doing that requires Alt+Tab the game and doing so messes up games graphics with wrong colors and transparent objects.
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  1. Go to main discs root and open folder Setup.
  2. With most cases simply open Setup.exe, however to make sure correct language is used open Setup_Language.BAT and replace Language with desired language option.
  3. Continue installation normally.

Notes

Content of the Setup folder varies from game and expansion.
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  1. Start setup regularly
  2. When asked installation location select different location. For some users simply removing (x86) from path, but it may be safer to install either root or another drive.
  3. Continue installation normally.
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  1. After installation navigate to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open properties of Sims.exe and open compatibility tab.
  3. Select Windows XP (Service Pack 2) compatibility mode and check Run as an administration.
  4. Select OK and open the game via shortcut.
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  1. If using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, uninstall Windows Update KB3086255 before the game installation.
  2. Open Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates
  3. Select the update with the code KB3086255, and uninstall it.
  4. Install the game.

Corrupted Game Files

It is possible for the game files to become corrupt, requiring a completely reinstallation. The Sims CD contains a tool called SimsEraser that will clean all traces of the game left over after an uninstall. Uninstalling the game, running SimsEraser, and reinstalling will restore the game to its original state.

Mod-Related Issues

The Sims attracted a large modding community, allowing further customization features. Unfortunately, even properly designed mods could increase the chances of crashes and errors in the game. Mods have a major impact on loading time and stability, and should be used with discretion if you are having issues with the game.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
OpenGL 1 Mac OS only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mousewheel Support Script

By default the game does not allow for zooming in and out using the mousewheel. Use the following to add in mousewheel support.
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1. Download and install AutoHotkey.
2. Rightclick an empty space in any folder and go to New > AutoHotkey script.
3. Rightclick it and choose Edit.
4. Delete all code and replace with the following:
wheelup::
sendinput,{+}
return

wheeldown::
sendinput,-
return

F10::
Exitapp
return
5. Save and run the file then start the game. When you are done, push F10 to exit the script and restore default mousewheel functionality to windows.

Simitone

An open source re-implementation of the game based on the FreeSO project. Currently available as a pre-alpha release; see the GitHub repository for details

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 8.1
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3/G4 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
Windows NT and ME are not supported

References