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  1. Did you know?

    Did you know that in 2011, the state of Texas abolished the act of granting prisoners who were condemned to die a last meal before their execution? This stemmed from an incident in which Lawrence Russell Brewer, a convicted white supremacist, ordered an enormous meal and refused to eat it - the meal included a triple bacon burger, two chicken-fried steaks, an omelet, a pound of BBG with half a loaf of bread, three fajitas, a meat-lovers' pizza, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, a slab of peanut- butter fudge, and three root beers.
  2. Simtropolis 9.0 Site Upgrade

    This header color makes me want to meet up with Rizzo, Frenchie, Marty, and Jan at the Frosty Palace afterschool, so we can crash Danny and Sandy's date.
  3. Sharing Plugins Folders - Discussion

    It can happen - if you get the uploaders' consent to include the plugins, just like the site does with the STEX discs. Rather than retroactively "changing the rules" of submission and hosting their content on the STEX. I, for one, would pull my content from the site entirely if a notice was simply posted saying that "the rules have changed, we can now do whatever we want with your uploaded content." Because that is NOT what I agreed to when I uploaded it; call me old-fashioned, but I like to be asked on something of this nature. "Yes" is not the equivalent of "they didn't say no."
  4. Sharing Plugins Folders - Discussion

    No, you can't do this. Or if you did, an "opt-in" is better. Look at it this way - if people uploaded something to the site under one understood set of circumstances ("we won't redistribute this"), and then years go by and then the circumstances change ("hey guys, we're now going to redistribute this"), unless there is wording in the original agreement ("we won't redistribute this...unless we decide to change this policy in the future"), you are opening the site up to a host of ill will and potential problems. Whether or not old plugins and uploads are considered abandoned by anyone, it still doesn't give the site or anyone the right to change the circumstances of these uploads' submission/hosting after-the-fact, unless there is provision in the original agreement allowing this. Whether or not the original uploader cares, knows about, or what have you, it shouldn't matter - they are the ones that should have final say. And if you don't get it for whatever reason (they say no, they don't answer back, there's no way to track them down, their email returns as undeliverable, they're dead), then it shouldn't be part of what you're doing. Unless you get an affirmation or a denial from the original content providers, you should not seriously consider including anything in any way/shape/form in these packs. This is regardless of legality - this is common decency and deference, something which this site has maintained up until this point with the STEX contributions, and which this site should continue to maintain.
  5. * receives a picture of philforhockey51 wearing necklace made of sardines * * Inserts a dog-eared copy of a Harlequin romance novel with Fabio on the cover, and all the sexy parts blacked out with magic marker *
  6. The Obituaries Thread

    George A. Romero, dead at 77. Pittsburgh filmmaker and director of such films as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Creepshow.
  7. Quote of the Day

    "Let them hate me, so long as they fear me." - Gaius Caligula
  8. Did you know?

    Did you know that a 2016 study determined that in approximately half the coup d'états surveyed, an autocratic regime was replaced by another one, resulting in a much higher level of oppression than the time leading up to the prior regime's downfall?
  9. Twinkle, twinkle, little BAT...

    I think that the trouble with competing with all that low-density Maxis just is inherent in the game itself - there's going to be lots and lots (no pun intended) of those "little guys" before you get your first instance of Wren Insurance. So one needs a metric ton of plugins in those first few stages of CS and CO to even begin to approach varying the Maxis content. I'm surprised that there are so few of those buildings in the base game; Maxis either ran out of time, resources, or just said, "meh, that's enough, repetition is fine, the customer won't be bothered by it and we could always release more later." I can understand Maxis using the same models in both the CS and CO vein, like those horrible shoeboxes (which in and of themselves are fine), but their repetition just makes me hate them with a passion. I suspect the way they are lotted and the way the game/algorithm is programmed to grow things are also part of the problem, but I couldn't say for certain. If someone were going to be a custom content hero, they would do what I have done, but tenfold - can you imagine a giant megapack of, say, fifty or sixty or more low or medium wealth CS buildings, bundled together in one upload on the STEX? One could engineer them into building families to minimize the size of the file, but this would require a great deal of planning and a specific targeted and concerted approach to the endeavor as a whole from the outset. With all the recent talk in that thread in the Simtropolis site discussion forum about a starter pack for custom content, that would be the ideal - a large swath of buildings, dependency-free, and easy to get newcomers interested and immersed in the game and its myriad possibilities. Five or six years ago I might have been insane enough to try it; these days I have to be content with the free time I do have. One could say that I have done the mega upload idea, but it's just been in sizeable chunks over a sizeable period of time, particularly when you consider how many times I've gone back and forth to "the well" of office buildings.
  10. ING Direct

    Oh I missed this somehow. Moar officez is always a great thing for the STEX. This one is deliciously generically 90's tile setty. I can especially appreciate the lobby/ground floor, it's nicely detailed and completely believable. If only ING Direct were still around; I think they got swallowed up by Capital One. At any rate, they just haven't gotten around to changing the sign I guess. Brilliant work, mattb325 should be the level to which all BATters aspire.
  11. Standard Federal Savings and Loan

    Yay more commercial office buildings! I especially like the lotting on this one; I usually don't pay attention to the lots, but this one really comes to life with the way it has been lotted and detailed. Plus I like when blue-ish colored buildings pop up in my cities, it's a great visual change of pace.
  12. Nofunk's BAT Thread

    There's a deftness and a subtlety to the way you model and texture that I wish I could capture. Nofunk, you make BAT magic. I love this new one.
  13. Twinkle, twinkle, little BAT...

    Thanks @mattb325 - I don't think the pool for Maxis can ever be truly diluted, but I do suspect that at some point I will reach a threshold of diminishing returns. Or not? I don't know. My attempt to "scale down" and focus on medium wealth commercial services keeps getting sidelined for doing some bigger stuff, like more offices; at some point I shall muster the discipline to soldier through their modding and testing. Here's a little one I had started and was initially going to include in the last pack of high wealth offices, but I got stymied trying to get it right. I found it again, dusted it off, and had another whack at it, and it seems to be coming through. It's partially based and inspired on an existing Art Deco building somewhere in the Midwest I believe, if I recall correctly. I have modified it slightly based on a combination of artistic license and bad eyesight, as I had overlooked a few key elements when I was starting it, due to the fact that I was only working from a single photo of the real building when I first sat down to BAT it. It needs some focus on the front entrance, as I have a tendency to avoid modeling them as I often feel I am repeating myself. Much more work to be done.
  14. Twinkle, twinkle, little BAT...

    T Wrecks - in those few moments when I actually play the game, I usually end up naming all the towns in my region after those in Stephen King novels. I can't stop BATting offices. These two kinda fell out of me lately, when I was messing around in gmax. I have rendered most of the single story medium wealth commercials, I just don't want to mod and test them now... These both fit on 2x2 lots, so they feel a bit smaller than the ones I have been doing in the CO realm of late. One is an older style, while the latter is more modern. First one needs some extra details, light light fixtures near the entrance, while the second one is still in the throes of modeling and needs lots of love at the lobby and front entrance area...