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Uploading a pet to MTS? This guide will walk you through every step of what we require. Please make sure you read these guidelines carefully, as our standards have changed over the years, and there may be some items you weren't aware of before.
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When uploading a pet for The Sims 2 to Mod The Sims, we have some basic requirements to ensure that your upload is good, shown well, and has the correct info and files needed for people to use it in their games.  This allows both moderators to check your uploads for quality, and for downloaders to see if your item is something they want to add to their games.
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==Quality==
 
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* '''Likeness:''' Pets based on a real animal or character must be recognizable as what they are meant to be.  
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*Quite simply, have you put some work into creating a unique, interesting pet?  Could someone else recreate the same thing in a few minutes of work, or have you really put some true effort into it? We want unique, original, and quality uploads, so take some time and really put some work into it.
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*No plain colours unless we get to the point of being able to do our own textures. It takes 10 seconds to make a plain black or white or orange cat in Create a Pet.
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* '''Uniqueness:''' Any "other" pet, not based on an real animal or character, must have a unique, interesting sculpt and coat, with all the features developed, not resembling the default breeds.
  
*Pet uploads should NOT look like the standards Maxis breeds that came with the game. If you have made a pet based on a real life breed, it should closely resemble that breedJust like celebrity sims, realism is important.
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* '''Other content:''' If you have made content for your pet, you must also provide additional pictures and/or information for your custom content (like polygon counts if you've made a mesh).  Make sure you see what we require for [[MTS2:Creator Guidelines/Body Shop|Sims 2 Body Shop Uploads]].  Tip: Consider uploading content you have made separately first, to the appropriate section (pet accessories, etc.) so people looking for that type of content can more easily find it, and so you can show it off better with its own separate pics and infoThen you can just link it as credit to yourself when uploading your pet.
 
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*Though the rainbow colored fur provided to us by Maxis is cute, it's not realistic.  Do not upload pets with rainbow fur, stars, or fur colours to fit a holiday theme.  They will be rejected.
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'''Special instances''' will be pets like as Dino, or a character pet (from a cartoon) that requires a strange colored fur will be accepted. But no green kitties and blue doggies please.
 
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| Your pet must be "packaged" (placed correctly in a .sims2pack file) to upload to MTSThis needs to be a .sims2pack of just the pet itself
*We do allow, in rare circumstances, unusual, unrealistic, or alien petsHowever, these must represent a truly unique and interesting effort - just taking a regular cat and making it green does not make it an alien cat.
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*It will be rare that we accept animals like this.  For good examples of strange creatures in the style we're looking for, see:
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'''Step 1: Pets born in-game:''' To package a pet that was born in a litter in-game, load the lot with the pet you want on it, then have a sim pick up the phone and call the pet registry to register your breed. It will be saved so that you can access that pet as a breed in Create-a-Pet. You can now proceed to step 3.
** [http://www.modthesims2.com/creator/showthread.php?t=232121 Klinny's Long-Eared Dogs]
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** [http://www.modthesims2.com/creator/showthread.php?t=229695 Klinny's Psychotic Demon Hound]
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** [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=202862 Kwillag's Borlak Lobe]
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** [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=202455 Kwillag's Darluthian Slugmar]
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'''Step 2: Pets created in Create-a-Pet:''' If your pet was created directly in Create-a-Pet, click the "Save Breed" button on the Choose a Breed panel.
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*We do accept pets that are based on animals from cartoons, movies, anime, etc...  We do understand there are limits to what can be done with pets, but at the same time, we also expect that if you make a pet based on a cartoon, etc., that it needs to bear an immediately recognizable resemblance to that pet.  If you cannot achieve an immediately recognizable resemblance, or if you find after working on it that it really just looks, for example, like a generic white cat, then please do not upload, as it will be rejected.
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'''Step 3: Package the pet:''' After you have saved your pet's breed, click the "Package Pet to a File" button on the right of the Choose a Breed panel. Your pet will be saved to your My Documents\EA Games\Sims 2\Packaged Sims folder in a Sims2Pack format.  
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*While we were only given options to make dogs and cats, simmers love to make all sorts of other non-cat and non-dog creatures. We understand the limits to what can be done with the sliders we're given, but we also expect an immediate recognizable resemblance to the animal species you're attempting.
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* For good examples of other species pets, see:
 
** [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=207962 Bubbleeye's Fawn]
 
** [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=212775 Munchies's Panda]
 
** [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=273183 Robokitty's Hippopotamus]
 
 
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*For all pet uploads, we require:
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**A full-body shot, showing your pet from the side nose-to-tail.
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**A facial close-up shot, showing your pet's face close-up.
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**For pets based on real breeds, alternate animal species, or cartoon/video game/anime pets, we require a picture of the animal the pet is based on, for comparison purposes.
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[[Image:Akita-Comparison.jpg|300x300px]][[Image:Akita-Face.jpg|300x300px]][[Image:Akita-Body.jpg|300x300px]]
 
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*[[Image:Ingame-pets.jpg|right|300x300px]]All of your screenshots must be in-game. For pets, they may be in Create-a-Pet or on a lot.  Please do NOT upload pictures which are not in-game, such as loading screen pictures, thumbnail images from the Create-a-Pet breed chooser, or the pictures generated when you upload a pet to the Sims 2 Exchange.
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*[[Image:Toofar-pets.jpg|right|300x300px]]Make sure your screenshots are taken nice and close - your pet should fill up most of the picture, without a lot of space on the sides.  Pictures taken close-up show your pet much better than ones taken from far away.
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You will need to provide credit and link to any items of custom content shown on or included with your pets. In most cases pets use no custom content. If your pet is shown with custom content such as default replacement eyes, please provide a link and credit such as "Eyes by awasegg - http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=220538".
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*Packaging pets is done via the Create-a-pet screen in your game.
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**After you have finished creating your pet, you need to save the breed. You can do this using the icon shown here.
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**You'll see the package icon located to the right of your Create a Pet screen. Select the icon to package your pet into a file.
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**After packaging, pets will be saved to your ''My Documents\EA Games\Sims 2\Packaged Sims'' folder in a Sims2Pack format.
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* A '''close-up picture of the pet's face''', from the front, with the pet wearing a neutral face expression (like a mugshot) - not yawning, neighing, etc. [http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=File:Pet_Required_Head.jpg Examples]
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*If your pet has a litter of pups or kittens in game that are not created in Create a Pet, and you'd like to share one, it's super easy!
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**Load the lot with the pets you'd like to share.  Have a sim pick up the phone and call the pet registry to register your breed. This will create that pet in Create a Pet's breed selection so you can now go in and package your pets born in-game.
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[[Category:MTS2 Creator Guidelines]]
 
[[Category:MTS2 Creator Guidelines]]

Latest revision as of 14:13, 24 April 2015

Contents

[edit] Sims 2 Pet Upload Guidelines

When uploading a pet for The Sims 2 to Mod The Sims, we have some basic requirements to ensure that your upload is good, shown well, and has the correct info and files needed for people to use it in their games. This allows both moderators to check your uploads for quality, and for downloaders to see if your item is something they want to add to their games.


[edit] Quality

  • Likeness: Pets based on a real animal or character must be recognizable as what they are meant to be.
  • Uniqueness: Any "other" pet, not based on an real animal or character, must have a unique, interesting sculpt and coat, with all the features developed, not resembling the default breeds.
  • Other content: If you have made content for your pet, you must also provide additional pictures and/or information for your custom content (like polygon counts if you've made a mesh). Make sure you see what we require for Sims 2 Body Shop Uploads. Tip: Consider uploading content you have made separately first, to the appropriate section (pet accessories, etc.) so people looking for that type of content can more easily find it, and so you can show it off better with its own separate pics and info. Then you can just link it as credit to yourself when uploading your pet.

[edit] Files

Packaging your pet
Your pet must be "packaged" (placed correctly in a .sims2pack file) to upload to MTS. This needs to be a .sims2pack of just the pet itself

Step 1: Pets born in-game: To package a pet that was born in a litter in-game, load the lot with the pet you want on it, then have a sim pick up the phone and call the pet registry to register your breed. It will be saved so that you can access that pet as a breed in Create-a-Pet. You can now proceed to step 3.

Step 2: Pets created in Create-a-Pet: If your pet was created directly in Create-a-Pet, click the "Save Breed" button on the Choose a Breed panel.

Step 3: Package the pet: After you have saved your pet's breed, click the "Package Pet to a File" button on the right of the Choose a Breed panel. Your pet will be saved to your My Documents\EA Games\Sims 2\Packaged Sims folder in a Sims2Pack format.

Zip, Rar, or 7z
To upload your file(s) to MTS, you will need to compress them into an archive file, which makes them smaller and allows you to include many files in one download. The archive file formats we currently accept are .zip, .rar, and .7z.

For instructions on compressing your files into an archive, please see: Creator Guidelines: Creating Archive Files.

  • Do not include multiple archives with the same contents - that is, please don't put your files in both a .zip as well as a .rar because some people only want .zip files. Choose one format.
  • Do not double-compress your files... a .rar file inside another .rar file (or any other archive inside another) doesn't compress it anymore, and it makes it so we can't see the contents without downloading, and also just makes an extra step for the people downloading.
  • The file size limit on MTS is 50 mb. If you exceed this limit you will need to split your archives. This should probably never come up except for large worlds for The Sims 3, or huge sets of smaller items.


[edit] Information

Title & Description
Give your upload a descriptive title and write a text description for your upload, describing what you're uploading. Your title and description must be in English or provide an English translation. If you are not a native English speaker, using Google Translate is okay. You can also ask for help writing your description in the Creator Feedback Forum.
Expansions Required
When uploading your pet, you'll be asked to tick which expansion packs (EPs) and stuff packs (SPs) are required for your pet. For all pets, this should be Pets only.
Credits and links for custom content
You are responsible for providing accurate descriptions, links, and credits for all pieces of custom content included with or pictured on your pet. This is to give credit to the creators for their hard work, and to make sure downloaders can get anything that isn't included by downloading it separately.

Crediting and Linking: You will need to provide credit and link to any items of custom content shown on or included with your pets. In most cases pets use no custom content. If your pet is shown with custom content such as default replacement eyes, please provide a link and credit such as "Eyes by awasegg - http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=220538".


[edit] Screenshots

You will need to include at least:

  • A close-up picture of the pet's face, from the front, with the pet wearing a neutral face expression (like a mugshot) - not yawning, neighing, etc. Examples
  • A full-body picture, from the side, with the pet just standing still - not running, sitting, etc. Examples
  • For pets based on a real animal or character, a comparison picture of the real animal, ideally a full-body picture from the side.

Keep the following in mind for your screenshots, especially the required ones:

  • Size: 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall is a good size for the smallest pic you would want to upload. Your images can be up to 2560x1440 pixels, and 800 kb, so you have lots of space to work with!
  • Lighting: For most things, it's best to take pictures in an interior room with good lighting. For lots, pictures should be taken during a nice sunny day, for floorplans, take the pictures with the lights ON.
  • Clarity: Neither blurry, nor pixellated/crunchy. Do not size up small pictures to make a large one as this will blur them, and make sure not to use too much compression/too low quality when saving your images.
  • Distance: Take your pictures so that your creation fills the screen without anything cut off at top or bottom - neither zoomed in too close, nor zoomed out too far.
  • Distortion: If you resize your images, retain the aspect ratio so they don't get stretched or squashed. Take care when zooming in and out with the camera that you do not create a fisheye effect on your pictures.
  • Photoshopping: Do not apply filters like sharpen, contrast, etc. to the required pictures, as downloaders want to see what your creation will look like in their game, not your skills at using Photoshop.
  • Attached: All required images must be attached directly to the MTS upload, not just inserted using the img tag, so that even if the pics get deleted from your Photobucket (or other host), the upload on MTS is still complete.
  • Show all items: For most areas, if you are uploading a set, you must take all the required pics for each item in the set. If there is an exception, it will be noted.
  • Picture limit: You may upload up to 100 pictures for a single upload thread, so feel free to add some additional pictures just to show off your work to its best. Of course, keep it reasonable - nobody needs 50 pics to show off one sim or hair.
  • Inline pictures: Inline pictures are those that use the [img] tag to show up in with the description text. So that it doesn't take too long to load, please keep this to no more than 4 pictures done inline, unless you put them inside an [infobutton] tag. To do this, see our guide on post formatting.
  • As packaged: Your pictures should show your pet as you have packaged them, so that what downloaders see is what they'll actually get.

Tip: You may, of course, include other pictures like posing pictures to show off your pet how you like.

[edit] Other

Uploads not allowed on MTS
These items are not allowed on MTS in any category.
Pay/Pirated Content

Everything required or recommended for an upload must be freely available, without having to pay.

  • No uploads requiring pay content: We do not host content (for example, recolours of a pay hair or object mesh) that absolutely require pay content to function in-game.
  • No optional pay, pirated, or stolen content: Even for optional or recommended content not absolutely required for the creation to work (for example, hair on a sim or a couch on a lot), this means:
    • No content you must pay for. This means you cannot use items that are pay, donation, subscriber only, "special gift", etc. type content, anything accessible only when you pay money or subscribe.
    • No content from sites that are repositories of unmodified content when it is still available from the original creator, whether these items are pay or free (no Booty or Simscave, torrents, sites full of stolen content or similar, but the Graveyard and sites that offer recolours or modifications with the mesh are okay).
    • No EA content simply converted to base game use with no other changes.
    • No pirated EA Store content. EA Store content, linked to the legitimate EA Store, is okay though. TS2 store content may be included, with proper credit, since the store is no longer available.
Other content not allowed
  • Items that belong on the adult site: No content posted on MTS can have visible nudity, sexual content, or adult content, and instead must be posted on our adult site, Sexy Sims. This means on MTS, you may not post:
    • Content that contains nudity, which we define as exposing the female nipples, or the butt crack/genitals of either gender, including semi-transparent stuff like a sheer bra. Items that are merely "sexy" like skimpy miniskirts or string bikinis are fine on MTS. Transsexual/transgender items are also not considered adult content unless they contain nudity.
    • Skintones containing genital details - female nipples are okay on MTS but see below regarding screenshots.
    • Images of skintones with uncensored female nipples. Please blur or cover the nipples, butt crack, and genital area when taking screenshots of your skintones.
    • Fine art uploads containing visible nudity.
    • Items with specifically sexual content (sex toys, sexual poses).
    • Items containing swear/curse words
    • Items relating to illegal drugs. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are okay on MTS though.
  • Sexualized children: We do not allow any sexy/sexualized content for baby, toddler, or child sims in any way - no breasts whatsoever on child sims, no "sexy" outfits, etc. If you want to make preteens, make a less developed body for teen sims. Sexualized child content is not allowed at our adult site either.
  • Offensive content: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, bigoted, hateful or otherwise offensive content will not be allowed. Again, also not allowed at our adult site.
  • Gore/violence: We do not allow uploads which feature prominent, graphic violence and/or gore. Examples of things we do not allow would include items centred around mass shootings, images showing explicit violent imagery, cannibalism, and infanticide. Limited violence and gore may be featured if not the dominant focus of the upload, and not excessively graphic. Think a PG-13 movie. If uncertain whether your upload crosses this line, we suggest making a thread in the Creator Issues forum asking for feedback from a moderator before uploading.
  • EXE installers: Creators are not allowed to post exe (or other executable) files for any area of the site but Modding Tools. If your content needs to be installed to a certain directory, you can compress your files and leave the directory structure intact, so you can tell people to just install to Program Files, for instance, and the files will go where they need to. Executable installers can easily hold viruses, and are generally not needed for installing most content.
  • Preorder bonus content: Certain items were only available if you preordered certain expansions or stuff packs from certain retailers. It's unfortunate if someone missed out on getting them, but they can't be redistributed here as EA has made it clear that they do not allow it.
  • Unmodified EP/SP/Store content: While it is common practice to modify and use bits and pieces of game content to create custom content, extracting content from an expansion, stuff pack, or Store item and uploading it unmodified is not allowed on this site. You are welcome to upload significantly modified versions of expansion, stuff pack, or Store content, but you can't just be ripping it and changing one tiny thing (or nothing) just so people who didn't purchase it can still use it.
  • Stolen/reuploaded content: This should go without saying, but do not upload content made by others and claim it as your own, in whole or in part. Don't upload the work of someone else without their permission... if they wanted to share it at MTS, they can easily upload it here themselves.
  • Uncredited content/violating permissions: If any part of what you have uploaded (mesh, textures, alphas, bump maps, coding, etc.) comes from somebody else's work, you MUST provide a link and credit in the text of your post, for the original author. State what you've used of theirs, the author's name, and give a link back to them. You must check the author's policies to see if you can use their content in the way you want, and you may not violate any policies stated. If there are no policies or they don't disallow your type of usage, or the site is permanently offline, then you can assume it's okay. Please see here for more details: Updates and Remixes of Creations.
  • Redirects: If you want to move a creation to another site, please remove your upload from MTS, don't just edit the text to point to a different site.
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